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Dash of Inspiration: July 2019 Design Challenge

July 1, 2019
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Hello, fellow artists! This month we are going to challenge you to working in an area you may have little experience in, but will have lots of fun exploring. Let’s get inspired …

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Theme: Pattern Play

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design which incorporates two or more patterns which coordinate and compliment each other and the other elements within the design. See tips below which may be helpful.
  • 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: Wednesday, July 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 the imagery/occasion/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: July 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: Generally what applies to Home Decor would apply to Card Design when it comes to mixing patterns.

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

Doreen Erhardt©

20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2019 12:29 pm

    Good morning, Doreen!
    I hope you are enjoying your summer! Here is my entry for the July challenge. Take care.
    Betsy

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/rosh-hashanah-cards/shana-tova/happy-rosh-hashanah-shana-tovah-1575656

    • July 18, 2019 2:48 pm

      Hi Betsy! Whew, I was beginning to think there would be no entries this month on what I thought to be a fun challenge theme. Entry received, good luck!

      Two weeks ago we adopted an 8-month-old pup from the shelter. She had been a stray and no one ever taught her the basics she should already know at her age; but she’s adorable, intelligent and loving – and making our summer exhausting but fantastic!

  2. July 18, 2019 3:39 pm

    LOL, I was surprised to see I was the first entry! Come on folks, join in the fun!
    I saw your new pup, she is adorable! Congratulations!

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 22, 2019 10:10 pm

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for the month, but comparing it to Besty’s beautiful card I am not sure it meets the requirements. I made a repeated pattern from a rattle and baby text so if it does not meet the requirements I apologized for taking your time. I had this one done for a while, but I have been waiting on more entries, I don’t like to enter without at least three other entries, but I figure the chance of at least one more entry is pretty good so I am going ahead with it. 🙂
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/congratulations-cards/new-baby/girl/congratutions-on-new-baby-girl-157540
    Good luck Besty, your design looks like a winner to me! Take care, Laurie

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 22, 2019 10:15 pm

    Here is the link again the first one didn’t work because it didn’t have the six at the end for some reason
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/congratulations-cards/new-baby/girl/congratutions-on-new-baby-girl-1575406

    • July 23, 2019 1:34 am

      Hi Laurie – I can’t really comment on the cards, being neutral and all 🙂 BUT, there is no right or wrong way to use patterns. I find your design to meet the design requirements for the challenge, so no worries and good luck!

  5. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 23, 2019 4:03 am

    No, I didn’t want you to comment on the cards, I just needed to know if mine met the requirements. Also, thank you for the link to photoshop repeating patterns, I learn some neat new stuff, you are always so helpful. 🙂 I have had photoshop for a long time and still, have so much to learn. LOL

  6. July 23, 2019 10:00 am

    Thanks so much, Laurie! Best of luck to you, too! Your design really is timely for me as I just found out we are expecting a granddaughter just before Christmas! Yippee!

    • Laurie Schneider permalink
      July 23, 2019 9:13 pm

      Your welcome and congratulations! How exciting, we too are expecting a granddaughter in late October. I can’t wait to hold her for the first time. She inspired my card this month, the only thing on my mind lately is babies! LOL

  7. July 28, 2019 9:59 am

    Hi Doreen, here is my July Contest Entry. Please let me know if I’ve utilized the correct link. Thank you! https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/invitations/party-by-theme/seasonal-seasons-party/summer-party/greeting-card-1574666?aid=134086

  8. michelle lanoue permalink
    July 29, 2019 10:40 pm

    Hi Doreen, gosh, I thought more people would take advantage of the challenge.
    Such a wonderful way to get your cards out there. Maybe there will be a lot of last minute entries, like mine:) Well, here’s my entry for this month. Thanks Doreen!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-birthdays-birthday-cards/birthday-on-christmas/general-birthday-on-christmas/happy-birthday-on-this-christmas-1576748?aid=276330

    • July 29, 2019 11:51 pm

      Hi Michelle! I agree, it’s a terrific way to create and market your cards! Entry received, good luck!

  9. August 1, 2019 5:15 pm

    Awesome cards everyone!! I just saw this today, I would have loved to join in on this challenge. I love mixing textures, patterns and such!

    Best to all,
    Cherie

  10. August 1, 2019 7:43 pm

    Sorry you missed it, Cherie! The first of every month there is a new challenge, so if you are not getting notifications for some reason. Tune in the 1st or 2nd of every month to see if it’s something you’d like to participate in. We’d love to have you!

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