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Dash of Inspiration: May 2019 Design Challenge

April 30, 2019
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Hello everyone! We’re a bit early on this post, so you get an extra day. I’ll be out and about tomorrow morning and didn’t want you to lose time on this fun and different design challenge for May …

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Theme: Oxymoron Fun!

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design which incorporates an Oxymoron phrase from this enormous list: OxymoronList.comNOTE: If you choose a quote from this site, make sure it’s in public domain by looking up the quote/author BEFORE submitting your challenge card.
  • 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: Friday, May 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 well-suited to your Oxymoron message.

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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: May 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:

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

by LillyARTS

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7 Comments leave one →
    • May 15, 2019 3:01 am

      Sorry for the delay – kitchen remodeling! Entry received, Sharon, good luck! So happy you are giving us a try!

  1. michelle lanoue permalink
    May 14, 2019 7:43 pm

    Hi Doreen, this is a fun challenge. Here is my entry. Happy May!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/50th-birthday-cards/oxymoron-loud-whisper-happy-50th-1569292?aid=276330

  2. Laurie Schneider permalink
    May 21, 2019 2:55 am

    Hi Doreen, hope you are having an awful good month! 🙂 Here is my entry pid#1570100
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/congratulations/weightlossdieting/generalweightlossdieting/congratulations-on-weight-loss-with-1570100
    Good luck everyone! Take care, Laurie

    • May 21, 2019 3:00 pm

      Hi Laurie! Good month, but oddly we’ve had winter storms in May, quite unusual for California. No spring showers this year, snow and freezing temps … LOL!

      Entry received, good luck!

      • Laurie Schneider permalink
        May 21, 2019 9:04 pm

        Oh no! The weather is getting crazier every year! Here we have had so much rain that the farmers can’t plant their crops and it is almost June. Take care of yourself and keep warm.

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