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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge JUNE 2019

June 1, 2019

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Stock Card Challenges are back!  Over the years I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by Steampunk images – but – I never knew anything about this genre, therefore never attempted to create artwork representative of this science fiction/fantasy world. What better way to explore than a stock card challenge?

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Theme: Steampunk

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that ties the steampunk concept, image you choose,  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!

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Entry Deadline: Sunday, June 30th

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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.

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.
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CATEGORY SPECIFIC CHALLENGE:  Steampunk Birthday

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Rules:

  • 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.

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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. Your overall ‘added value’ determines this.

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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 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).
  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 4K!
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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:

Doreen Erhardt©

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. June 4, 2019 9:52 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is ours for the challenge, PID 1571340 ,
    Thanks,
    Jay and Susan

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/steampunk/steampunk-birthday-one-in-a-1571340

  2. Tam Moody permalink
    June 6, 2019 11:07 am

    Hi Doreen! Here is mine for the challenge: PID# 1571414
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/the-fountain-of-youth-steampunk-1571414?aid=447404
    Thanks
    Tammy

  3. June 24, 2019 6:15 pm

    Hello Doreen, Just popping in to drop off my entry for this month’s contest! Good luck to everyone!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/steampunk/happy-birthday-funny-steampunk-inspired-1573002

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    June 24, 2019 9:18 pm

    Hi Doreen, hope you are having a great month! We are still getting lots of rain, I’m thinking about buying a houseboat! LOL Here is my entry for the month
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/anniversary-wedding-cards/for-husband/other/wedding-anniversary-to-husband-steampunk-1572648
    Good luck to everyone! 🙂

    • June 24, 2019 9:33 pm

      Hi Laurie –

      Cute card, however I’m sorry, but this is a category specific challenge: Steampunk Birthday. There’s time to make another one for this challenge!

      • Laurie Schneider permalink
        June 25, 2019 1:28 am

        So sorry I overlooked that. My head has been in the clouds since I found out my youngest daughter is expected. 🙂 I will make the same card just for birthday to husband.

  5. Laurie Schneider permalink
    June 27, 2019 9:03 pm

    Hi again, here is my entry, this time I got it right, I hope. 🙂
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/steampunk/greeting-card-1573122
    Good luck to everyone again!

    • June 27, 2019 10:30 pm

      Received and entered, Laurie, good luck! Congratulations, grandma, on the exciting news!

      • Laurie Schneider permalink
        June 27, 2019 11:23 pm

        Thank you! 🙂

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