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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge November 2017

November 2, 2017


The last Big Stock ONLY challenge of the year is here! We hope to INSPIRE you to fight through the learning curve and enjoy this different creative outlet. Perfect for creating greetings with subject matter you may not have or simply to add something a bit different to your current card offerings.

With the holidays approaching, this will be our last challenge for 2017 and the deadline will be extended to December 15th to give all of you a bit more time to participate in both your seasonal hustling, but the challenge too.


Theme: Make Them Laugh


  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Humor is the key in this challenge. Find an image that makes you laugh and create a funny greeting.
  • Write your own verse, be FUNNY and creative with a message that ties the image you choose, the recipient and the category together.
  • The judges will be looking for professional quality text layout, typography placement and font combinations in addition to a unique and captivating message that tells the story of the stock image you choose. Your added value needs to wow the judges!


Entry Deadline: Friday, December 15th


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.

NOTE: Submissions will appear immediately in your Private gallery as they await review.  If approved, the reviewer will move them to the public gallery – they will then become ‘live’ in the marketplace within 24-hours or so just like regular submissions. Be patient and wait.

Category:  Research the category you intend to submit to before creating your card to make sure what you have in mind is different that what is currently being offered and is as good as if not better than current cards in the category.

Note: Utilize the Notes to Reviewer field to include any helpful notes to the reviewer AND to indicate your intended category since you cannot select a category during submission.

Tip: Choose and work with an image that you feel a) fits with your vision and b) will meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and c) is as good as or better than what’s being offered in the category of submission.



  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle. Big Stock creations are automatically identified as Fast Track – please add in the Notes to Reviewer: September 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.
  • Big Stock Card Creations ONLY will 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.
  • No BLANK cards will be accepted.


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. Your overall ‘added value’ determines this.


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).
  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 2K!
  • Winning card will be included in a marketing email to over 100,000 customers!
  • 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).
  • 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!



Visit all the available tips, tricks and guidelines offered on the Big Stock Creation blog page!

17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 8, 2017 1:14 pm

    Here is my entry for the “Make Them Laugh” design challenge.
    PID 1502490
    Category: Daylight Savings Time … specifically Spring Ahead

  2. November 12, 2017 11:51 pm

    Lisa, I LOVE your card!

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    November 13, 2017 4:42 am

    Hi, Doreen here is my entry for the month pid#1503322 With this being the last challenge for the year, I want to thank you for all the year’s challenges! They are always fun and they inspire me to create designs I wouldn’t normally do. Good luck everyone and happy sales! 🙂 Laurie

    • November 13, 2017 5:36 pm

      Hi Laurie – entry received, good luck and thank you for your kind words. Appreciation like yours it what keeps me inspired to create the challenges. 🙂

  4. Kate Taylor permalink
    November 27, 2017 3:14 pm

    Hi Doreen, here’s my entry:
    PID 1501744

  5. November 27, 2017 10:07 pm

    Greetings, Doreen!
    Here is my entry into this month’s challenge. Such fun entries so far!! Best of luck to everyone.

  6. Gail Pepin permalink
    December 5, 2017 1:43 am

    Here is my entry for the last design challenge 2017:

    PID: 1504936


  7. December 15, 2017 10:27 pm

    Hi Doreen – I’ve finally have had the time for a submission for a challenge in what seems like forever. It was fun to think about this one! And, gosh, there sure are some great entries this month: the customers will benefit no matter who wins! Here’s my link:

    • December 15, 2017 10:41 pm

      Hi Stacia! Glad the extra time allowed you to have some fun and join us. 🙂 Entry received, good luck!

  8. December 26, 2017 9:12 pm

    Congrats to Lisa Crisafi of Nest to Nest Greetings for being the 1st Place Winner & I’m delighted to have received 2nd Place! Thanks, GCU, for the opportunity to challenge ourselves with your creative requests!

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