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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge October 2018

October 1, 2018


Hard to believe, the harvest season is already on top of us as we enter the last Big Stock Challenge of 2018!  Let’s have some fun and put on our creative hats …


Theme: New Year’s Resolutions


  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • This challenge is category specific: Holidays > New Year’s Cards > Resolutions
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that ties the image you choose, the recipient and the category together  – this will be extremely important in this challenge.
  • 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: Wednesday, October 31st


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.


Holidays > New Year’s Cards > Resolutions

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: 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.
  • 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!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2018 11:58 am

    Hi Doreen – You’ll want to change the text in this article referring to the August (rather than October) challenge under the Rules section.

  2. Laurie Schneider permalink
    October 8, 2018 9:18 pm

    Hi, Doreen. Hope you’re having a wonderful October! I have been having fun with this theme, made of few of them, I had trouble making up my mind on which one to enter. I finally decided on this one. Here is my entry for the month pid# 1544792. I am entering mine now because I am going out east to visit my youngest daughter and son-in-law and wanted to get it in before I leave.
    Good luck everyone! Laurie

  3. October 22, 2018 7:52 pm

    Happy October, Doreen! The leaves are falling and unfortunately so is the snow! Yuck!
    Please find my entry below, thank you.

    • October 22, 2018 9:47 pm

      Snow? Already? Yuck is right! I requested none for me this year .. LOL
      Entry received, Betsy, good luck!

  4. October 31, 2018 11:36 am

    Happy Halloween! It’s kinda scary to me that this card was approved last week but I almost forgot to submit it!

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