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Dash of Inspiration: April 2017 Design Challenge

April 2, 2017
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What fun everyone had on last month’s challenge! The judges will vote next week and I’m sure it will be a close run with all those WONDERFUL designs and SUPER creativity.  Now it’s time to kick off the April Challenge! With the beautiful spring weather in my area, I’ve been busy all week preparing the vegetable garden for planting, so no new card to fit the challenge from me this month.

Theme: The King …

Requirements:

  • Creativity is key in this challenge! Whether you decide on King for the Day, Live like a King, The King of Kings, King of Beasts or ANY use of KING in your theme will be accepted.
  • CAUTION: Do your diligent research to ensure you are not infringing on any copyright version of King.
  • Your ‘king’ reference must match the overall message, occasion, and recipient.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Sunday, April 30th

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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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Category:

Any category that is well-suited for your king message.

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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: April 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!
  • 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.

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!1126212-1_3d

Greeting by Olivia A. Kneibler©

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2017 4:23 am

    Oh boy, another Challenge…

  2. April 11, 2017 12:05 pm

    Hi Doreen, this was again a lot of fun 🙂

    Here is my entry:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/love-and-romance-cards/for-him/youre-one-cool-cat-and-1472590

    Good luck to all!
    🙂 barbara

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    April 13, 2017 3:26 am

    Hi Doreen, here’s my entry for the month pid#1472852
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/fathers-day-cards/general-fathers-day/fathers-day-general-humor-a-1472852
    Good luck everyone and have a great month! Laurie

  4. April 14, 2017 7:08 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    I would like to submit below as my entry for the challenge beside all the other fantastic contributions, please.
    Happy Easter and Good Luck to all!

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/forhim/generalforhim/happy-birthday-to-man-masculine-1473134?&aid=179799

  5. michelle lanoue permalink
    April 20, 2017 7:11 pm

    I just love the challenges. They stir up all the creative juices from everyone:) Love all the cards so far. Well, here is my entry for this month.
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/from-pet-birthday-cards/happy-birthday-to-from-the-1473778?aid=276330

  6. Julia Bryant permalink
    April 21, 2017 8:34 pm

    Hi Doreen!

    Here is my submission for the king challenge:

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/fathers-day-cards/animals-pets/jungle-zoo-animals/king-for-the-day-lion-1474030?aid=269112

    PID#1474030

    Great entries, everyone!

    Julia

  7. April 22, 2017 11:24 am

    Hi Doreen

    Here is my submission for the April challenge.

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/fathers-day-cards/animals-pets/dogs/happy-fathers-day-corgi-dog-1474044?aid=132784

    PID#1474044

    Thanks, Susan.

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