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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge JUNE 2018

June 1, 2018


Happy June and happy summer, everyone! I found a category in need of fresh designs and stock cards are perfect with their delightful collection of offerings. So, while May’s challenge entries are sent off to the judging panel, let’s get started on a new Big Stock Challenge.


Theme: Music Themed Thank You


  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • MUSIC is the focus of this challenge on it’s category specific: Occasions > Thank you Cards > Music / Instruments 
  • Write your own verse, be 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: Saturday, June 30th


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 SPECIFIC CHALLENGE: Occasions > Thank you Cards > Music / Instruments

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: 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.
  • 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!



To make sure your music lover card is found by customers, make sure you include the type music and/or instruments in your meta-tag data.

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

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    June 5, 2018 1:15 am

    Hi Doreen, happy June! Here is my entry for the challenge pid# 1528452
    Good luck to everyone! Laurie

  2. June 5, 2018 4:11 pm

    Here is our entry for the challenge pid# 1528894
    Good luck everyone and happy sales! Jay and Susan

    • June 15, 2018 4:29 pm

      Hi Jan and Susan! Welcome, have you two joined in a Stock Challenge before? Great to have you. 🙂 Entry received and good luck!

      • June 15, 2018 4:40 pm

        Doreen, This is our first Big Stock challenge entry. We have participated in a couple of the regular challenges. Thanks for organizing the challenges and for all you do for GCU.
        Jay and Susan

      • June 15, 2018 4:42 pm

        I thought so. 🙂 Hope you have fun, we sure enjoy having you join in! Appreciate your gratitude, it’s a lot of fun to see all the great designs.

  3. Tam Moody permalink
    June 15, 2018 11:42 am

    Hi Doreen! Here is my entry PID#1529652
    Loving the entries so far! Good luck all!

    • June 15, 2018 4:40 pm

      Hi Tam! I’m thinking this is your first Stock Challenge too? Welcome! Entry received and good luck!

      • Tammy Moody permalink
        June 15, 2018 4:45 pm

        Doreen, Yes this is my first stock card challenge.

  4. June 15, 2018 5:32 pm

    Excellent! Really great to have you join in the fun. 🙂

    • Tam Moody permalink
      June 15, 2018 6:55 pm

      Thanks, Doreen! I am not real comfortable trying to create the stock cards because I am still unsure about the editing tools and what I can do with them. People add some cool things and I can never figure out how they do it. That is why I seldom use the stock card option. But I see lots of images that would work well for various cards!

      • June 15, 2018 7:22 pm

        I felt as you for a long time, then decided one day to dive in with determination and had so much fun that I opened dedicated to stock creations. After all, nothing worth doing comes easy. There is a long learning curve, but I for one found it worthwhile. 🙂

      • Tam Moody permalink
        June 15, 2018 7:24 pm

        Good to know! Would be a great tutorial actually if someone has expertise using that editor. I will have to become more familiar with it. Thanks!

      • June 15, 2018 7:47 pm

        To be honest, there is not much more that can be ‘taught’ which isn’t already touched on in these posts: It’s one of those things where experimenting, determination and a desire to master the tool is the only real way to learn. Go through all the links and see, perhaps there is something there which will get you one step closer. 🙂

  5. juliat2 permalink
    June 18, 2018 3:19 pm

    Hi Doreen!

    My submission for this month’s challenge:


    Good luck to everyone!


  6. June 26, 2018 8:09 pm

    Hello Doreen, Here is my entry into this month’s challenge. Good luck everyone!

  7. June 29, 2018 6:22 pm

    Hello! Another challenge entry here.
    Pid# 1531452

    Thank You! Good luck to all!

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