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Dash of Inspiration: March 2019 Design Challenge

March 1, 2019
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It’s time for another challenge and this month we’re doing something a bit different. I did not have an opportunity to create a card for this challenge. We had to let go of our beloved 15-year-old dog two days ago, so I was not feeling up to creating – other than a portrait of her – so, this month create your best card ever …

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Theme: Open to Any and All Subjects and Occasions

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design, for any category, occasion and/or recipient.
  • 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: Sunday, March 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 well suited to your 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: March 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 over 57,000 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: 4K!
  • 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!
  • 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 6,800 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.
  • NEW! – 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • NEW! – A Design Challenge GCU digital award!

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 6,800 followers and counting!
  • NEW! – 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • NEW! – A Design Challenge GCU digital award!

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Tips:

Check out these tips, tricks, freebies, and tutorials from our own GCU Community Blog Artist Resources which might be helpful in this month’s Challenge.

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Painting by Doreen Erhardt© – Memorial of Ossa – April 2004 to February 2019

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37 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2019 5:35 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. 💔Beautiful portrait of your furbaby.

  2. Tam Moody permalink
    March 1, 2019 6:10 pm

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your furbaby. What a stunning tribute. My heart goes out to you.

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    March 1, 2019 9:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Your furbaby was beautiful. Take care

  4. March 2, 2019 12:40 am

    xo hugs to you in the memory of sweet Ossa.

  5. Linda Gladman permalink
    March 2, 2019 3:24 pm

    Sending you comfort and peace during the loss of your beautiful furbaby. 💗

    • Tam Moody permalink
      March 4, 2019 8:55 pm

      Sorry Doreen- I didn’t think that posted the first time, so I tried it again. Stupid move because it posted twice. My apologies.

      • March 4, 2019 9:00 pm

        No problem, Tam. I delete the duplicate. 🙂

      • Tam Moody permalink
        March 4, 2019 9:25 pm

        Thank you! 🙂

      • March 12, 2019 2:40 am

        Sorry for the delay, Tam. Our modem has been acting up and I didn’t want to chance having it cut out on me while posting entries. 🙂 Entry received, good luck!

      • Tam permalink
        March 12, 2019 12:54 pm

        Thanks, Doreen. I’ve been so busy with school and stuff I didn’t realize it. I’ve been making an effort to clear outdated stuff from my old card store too- since I can’t update anything. That’s a little weird when you don’t even remember making some of them. I shouldn’t be real surprised though because many were from back when my parents had cancer. I didn’t sleep much back then, and was probably trying to keep myself busy. At any rate, I hope your modem straightens out for you.That can be pretty aggravating.

      • March 12, 2019 3:05 pm

        Modem was replaced yesterday and all is well now, thanks!

  6. March 5, 2019 12:44 pm

    Here is my entry for the March contest. (PID 1561150) I told reviewers in the artist’s notes that this was for the contest, but it became design of the day today. Do I need to enter another card instead? https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/loss-of-pet/cat/loss-of-cat-pet-sympathy-1561150?aid=154091

    • March 5, 2019 3:58 pm

      The review team is not the same team who determines DOD, so no worries. No, you do not need to enter a different card, the DOD reward, should you win, simply will not be done again. 🙂 I deleted the extra posts.

      • Lisa Crisafi permalink
        March 5, 2019 11:11 pm

        Thank you, Doreen! 🙂

    • March 12, 2019 2:39 am

      Entry received, Lisa, good luck!

  7. P.S. Cochran permalink
    March 5, 2019 10:57 pm

    I’m sure Ossa was a great dog – they really get to us, don’t they? your portrait is stunning. I’m so sorry for your loss.

  8. Laurie Schneider permalink
    March 17, 2019 1:47 am

    Hi, Doreen, I hope you are doing okay after your loss. You have been in my thoughts and prayers daily.
    This month’s theme inspired me to create a lot of new ones, so thank you for the inspiration. I had trouble deciding on which one to enter and finally decided on this one pid#1562252
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/mothers-day-cards/for-mom-mother/general/mothers-day-a-mom-bird-1562252
    Good luck everyone! Take care, Laurie

    • March 18, 2019 4:16 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Laurie. 🙂 Entry received, good luck! Great to hear you were inspired to create, create, create!

  9. Kate Taylor permalink
    March 20, 2019 8:36 am

    Hi Doreen, I am sorry about the loss of your beautiful dog XX

    Here is my entry for the march challenge, Kate
    (PID 1562274)
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/national-funeral-director-and-mortician-1562274

  10. March 27, 2019 11:21 pm

    Hello, Doreen,
    I just adore your lovely tribute to your beautiful Ossa. I am so sorry she had to say goodbye, but so pleased she was able to bring such happiness and love to you and your husband.
    Below please find my entry for the challenge this month. Best of luck to everyone!

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/congratulations-cards/passing-driving-test-drivers-license/for-daughter/congratulations-to-daughter-on-getting-1564254?aid=145102

  11. March 29, 2019 1:59 pm

    Hi Doreen, I’m sorry for your loss and your artwork of her is lovely. Here is my entry PID# 1561574 https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/fathers-day-cards/for-dad-father/general-dad-father/for-you-dad-fathers-day-1561574?aid=131660

  12. P.S. Cochran permalink
    March 29, 2019 10:17 pm

    Here is my March Inspiration entry. Thanks! Product id: 1564458. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/sympathy-cards/beach-coastal-seaside/deepest-sympathy-seascape-watercolor-painting-1564458?aid=198425

  13. Lisa Charlton permalink
    March 30, 2019 5:04 am

    Dear Doreen, Your memorial painting of Ossa is incredibly beautiful. I don’t know what the medium is but I am sure it was blended with your tears. My sympathy to you and yours. Our four-legged are never with us long enough. How touching that part of your Ossa’s legacy will now be to comfort others who are grieving a beloved pet. xoxo, Lisa
    Re: the March Challenge. Sorry to be so close to the deadline. I have just created a card for the Challenge consideration and asked for fast track. Product ID is 1564550. I will post the card link once approved. Thanks, Lisa

  14. March 31, 2019 7:45 pm

    Entry received, Lisa, good luck!

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