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Dash of Inspiration: February 2017 Design Challenge

February 1, 2017

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As February kicks off, we have a new challenge for you!

Theme: Easter for Two Dads or Two Moms

Requirements:

  • Imagery should be appropriate for the recipients. No flowers for two dads for example. Be creative and unique!
  • Must be approved for one of the listed categories below.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Tuesday, February 28th

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How to Enter: Post the PID (card number) and the URL (public storefront link – please WAIT for the card to be available in the public marketplace, please DO NOT post a link to your Manage Cards area) as a post in the challenge blog. We’ll forward your entry to the jury.

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Choose ONE Category:

Holidays > Easter Cards > For both my Dads / Fathers

Holidays > Easter Cards > For both my Moms / Mothers

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle– Fast Track your submission with this in the Notes to Reviewer: February Design Challenge Submission here is the link to the blog post: (include THIS blog post URL)
  • Only ONE card per artist per challenge.
  • Submissions must be NEW, no existing designs.
  • Your entry must meet the Challenge Requirements and Theme or it will not be included in the challenge.
  • Stock Card Creations entries will not be accepted.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the categories above to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.

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BLIND Judging: We hope each of you enters every month. Entries are submitted anonymously for judging by the GCU Challenge Jury which means that before and during the challenge, judges do not have any way of knowing what artist is behind each entry. This eliminates any and all concerns with ‘favoritism’. Results will post on the Community Blog. The jury will judge the entries on the following criteria:

  • How well the card meets the Challenge Requirements and Theme.
  • How well the card speaks to the Category the artist chooses for the card submission.
  • Creativity, Execution and Marketability.

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Winners: 1st Place:

  • The winning designer’s card and store will be featured on the GCU Public Blog the blog which customers view and follow.
  • As well as featured on the GCU Public Facebook Page nearly 46,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 2K!
  • The winning card, should the artist choose, may be referenced in a new series by the winning artist and he/she may Fast Track all cards in the new series (being sure to give the Challenge URL and winning card PID in your Notes to Reviewer for each card in this series).
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • NEW starting this month, GCU will create a Meet the Team board for the winning artist under the Pinterest GCU account where the winning artist will be able to pin and promote her own storefront and all that makes them a unique card designer and one of GCU’s artistic community team member.
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).

    EXCEPTION: Horizontal (landscape) cards may not be featured as DOD due to GCU Home Page space restrictions. In these cases, GCU will choose a different vertically oriented card from your store to feature as DOD. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for this limitation.

  • Your card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board.
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • Winning card will be posted on GCU’s Instagram with 2,000 followers and counting!

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Tips:

Check out these tips, tricks, freebies, and tutorials from our own GCU Community Blog which might be helpful in this month’s Challenge.

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

 

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    February 8, 2017 7:55 pm

    Hi Doreen, hope all is well with you, here is my entry Pid#1466182 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/easter-cards/for-both-my-dads-fathers/easter-to-both-my-dads-1466182
    Good luck to everyone! Take care, Laurie

  2. February 13, 2017 8:26 pm

    Hello Doreen, Below please find my entry into this month’s contest.
    Best of luck to everyone!
    Thanks, Betsy
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/easter-cards/for-both-my-dads-fathers/happy-easter-for-both-my-1466770

  3. michelle lanoue permalink
    February 27, 2017 11:17 pm

    Hi Doreen, I am so glad I was able to make the deadline. Here is my entry this month.
    Good luck to everyone!
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/easter-cards/for-both-my-moms-mothers/happy-easter-to-both-my-1468098?aid=276330

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