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Dash of Inspiration: January 2018 Design Challenge

December 27, 2017
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Another year about to disappear! Here’s hoping each of you had fun, learned something new and were inspired to step outside your designer’s comfort zone this year. Before we kick off January’s Challenge – I want to remind you that behind the scenes, Mindy, Nasser and the GCU team are all little elves working diligent to come up with the very best of the best that we artists brought to GCU in 2017.

Be sure to look for the Best of 2017 Founders’ Choice Awards! This time of year, our founders; Mindy and Nasser, will be choosing from ALL the cards created in 2017 – not just from challenge submissions. Winners of the 2nd Annual Founders’ Choice Awards is expected mid-January, 2018.

As a nostalgic look back, here are 2016 Founders’ Choice Award Winners:
https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/content/best-of-2016

For those of you who actively read our Community Blog, you now get some extra time to create for our first challenge of the 2018 New Year …

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Theme: Ultra Violet Pantone© Color of the Year for 2018

Requirements:

  • The Ultra Violet Pantone© color of the year for 2018 must be primary in your imagery. Color of the Year for 2018 PANTONE© 18-3838 Ultra Violet
  • Write your own verse/message, be creative and write a message that clearly speaks to your imagery, occasion and recipient.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Wednesday, January 31st

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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 Ultra Violet Color of the Year design.

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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: October 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 56,000 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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Color of the Year for 2018 PANTONE© 18-3838 Ultra Violet
HEX #645394 | CMYK 72, 77, 11, 1 | RGB 100, 83, 148

Color of the Year for 2018 PANTONE© 18-3838 Ultra Violet

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. Tam Moody permalink
    December 29, 2017 9:26 pm

    Here’s to 2018! This is my entry for the January Design Challenge: PID# 1507446 https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/valentines-day-cards/humor/ultra-violet-cat-humor-valentine-1507446

    • January 4, 2018 12:50 am

      Happy New Year, Tam! So glad to have you join us again. Entry received and good luck!

      • Tam Moody permalink
        January 4, 2018 12:56 am

        Thanks, Doreen!

  2. Gail Pepin permalink
    January 3, 2018 11:49 pm

    I would like to enter in the January Design Challenge with https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/diadelosmuertos/missingyouondiadelosmuertos/custom-name-day-of-the-1507532, PID #
    1507532. Thanks!

  3. Gail Pepin permalink
    January 4, 2018 1:21 am

    Thank you, Doreen. And may your 2018 be filled with lots of sales & success!

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    January 6, 2018 1:19 am

    Hi Doreen, Happy New Year, another year has gone, can you believe it! The older I get the faster they go! LOL Here is my entry pid#1507754 https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/mystical-myths-fantasy-birthday-cards/birthday-general-beautiful-purple-and-1507754
    Good luck everyone, great entries already! Laurie

  5. Ron permalink
    January 13, 2018 4:02 pm

    Hi Doreen, Happy New Year. Here’s my submission PID: 1508876
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/mothers-day-cards/for-mom-mother/general/faux-cut-paper-flowers-mothers-1508876

  6. January 16, 2018 8:21 am

    Hello Doreen,

    Now this was fun. Pantone’s purple is such a beautiful color.
    Here is my version:

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/easter-cards/flowers/the-joy-of-easter-spring-1509182

    Beautiful other entries – it is always amazing to see how one topic can lead to so many different versions 🙂 I wish all of us good luck!

    🙂 barbara

  7. Liz permalink
    January 23, 2018 6:00 pm

    Hello,

    Entering this Easter card for the ultra violet challenge –

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/easter-cards/religious/cross/easter-blessing-with-cross-flowers-1510350

    Best of luck to all … beautiful entries so far.

  8. michelle lanoue permalink
    January 25, 2018 7:59 pm

    Hi Doreen! Lovely color to play with. Always fun to enter the challenges and see all the mind blowing creations from everyone. Here is my entry for this challenge and happy new year! https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/valentines-day-cards/dad-father/happy-valentines-day-dad-father-1511050

    • January 27, 2018 10:24 pm

      Hi Michelle – sorry for the delay on my part to post the entry. Received and good luck! Happy New Year!

  9. January 29, 2018 9:41 pm

    Hello, Doreen,
    Below please find my entry into this month’s challenge. Great designs so far everybody!
    Here’s to the start of another year of design challenge fun!
    Thank you, Doreen for continuing to host the challenges.

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/thank-you-cards/other/thank-you-to-energy-healer-1511586

  10. January 31, 2018 11:01 pm

    Hi, Doreen – I just had a card approved (PID 1512008) for the challenge, but I don’t expect it will be “live” for a few hours. Will check back later and submit link when I see it. Thanks! sg

    • February 1, 2018 3:55 am

      Thank you, Stacia. I’ll make sure your entry gets in, good luck!

      • February 1, 2018 11:10 am

        Thank you!
        So glad I made the deadline within my own time zone!
        (It’s hard for readers to tell that by looking at the times listed in the blog since you are so much further east.) 😉

      • February 1, 2018 2:28 pm

        Well, as ‘the keeper’ of the challenge posts, I guess we’re on my timeline and that’s California – doesn’t get much further west than that … LOL! Seriously though, we understand the timezone difference across the US and internationally and do our best to accommodate. 🙂

  11. February 1, 2018 3:20 pm

    That’s much appreciated! The posts are maybe showing Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and thought maybe you lived there!

    • Tam Moody permalink
      February 1, 2018 3:49 pm

      Aw-the main thing is that you joined in the fun, Stacia! I think it is cool to see what everyone does with the same theme. Good luck to you and everyone else who participated- some great work!

      • February 1, 2018 4:51 pm

        Thanks, Tam! Wishing you and all the same good luck!

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