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Dash of Inspiration: June 2017 Design Challenge

June 2, 2017
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The judging is in-process for last month’s first Big Stock Challenge and hope you had fun with that twist. We plan on having more of those interspersed throughout the year. This month we have a ‘mountain of fun’ planned – where everything goes if you can speak to the theme …

Theme: Mountain(s)

Requirements:

  • Mountain must be clear in your imagery/verse combination. For example: A large pile of incoming or outgoing mail would not be accepted without a matching verse to tie in, such as; “a mountain of mail”. Mountain lions, mountain climbers, mountain bikes, etc. are all acceptable as long as it’s a strong tie verse, occasion, and recipient.  We want you to “make a mountain out of a molehill” by creating something unique and marketable!
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

For inspiration and examples to get your creativity flowing look for Public Domain quotes, scripture and of course there are always idioms. Remember GCU will only accept biblical quotes from bibles clearly stated to be in the public domain. Place this information in the Notes to Reviewer. For your assistance: The King James Bible and the World English Bible are both in the public domain but you are not limited to these two versions. You may use other bible versions as long as the url link clearly shows that they are in the public domain.

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Entry Deadline: Friday, June 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 mountain themed card.

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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: June 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 category of your choice 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!1478972_3d

Greeting by Doreen Erhardt©

 

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    June 13, 2017 9:03 pm

    Hi, Doreen, here is my entry for the month, Pid #1480412 http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/miss-you-cards/general-miss-you/miss-you-a-beautiful-photograph-1480412 Good luck to everyone, have a great month, Laurie

  2. June 22, 2017 9:58 pm

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for the June challenge. pid# 1481792
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/loss-of-pet/dog/sympathy-loss-of-dog-condolence-1481792
    Many thanks, Susan

  3. June 23, 2017 7:37 am

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for the June challenge. Lovely other entries!

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/religious-spiritual/god-loves-you/encouragement-isaiah-5410-god-loves-1481994?aid=289338
    PID 1481994

    🙂 Barbara

  4. June 24, 2017 3:50 am

    Hello, Doreen!
    Please find my entry for the June challenge below. Good luck to everyone!
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/bon-voyage/humor/have-a-great-vacation-funny-1482126?&aid=145102

  5. michelle lanoue permalink
    June 25, 2017 7:11 pm

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for June. Great entries so far. Good luck everyone!
    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/labor-day-united-states-cards/general-labor-day/happy-labor-day-patriotic-colors-1482130

  6. Ron permalink
    June 26, 2017 7:35 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    I’m probably pushing the mountain theme here but I figured I’d give it a shot anyway.

    http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/forhim/generalforhim/funny-birthday-grand-teton-mountains-1480952?aid=196382

    PID: 1480952

    • June 26, 2017 9:35 pm

      Welcome to the fun, Ron. Well, we like it when artists are inspired to push the limits of a challenge. 🙂 Entry received, good luck!

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