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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge AUGUST 2019

August 1, 2019

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Guess what, designers? The holiday season is quickly approaching, so while we await the winners of last month’s challenge, let’s create some fun new cards for the most festive time of year!

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Theme: Industry Specific Business Holiday

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that ties the industry of choice concept with the image you choose and category choice  – 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: Saturday, August 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.

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:  Business > Christmas Cards > Industry Specific

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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: AUGUST 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:

  • Visit all the available tips, tricks and guidelines offered on the Big Stock Creation blog page!

by Doreen Erhardt and Exclusive Creations

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2019 11:01 am

    Good morning, Doreen!
    I hope you and your new pup are having a wonderful summer. Too bad we won’t be able to call it summer for much longer, arghhhh!
    Janet, I love your card! Such a fun verse!

    Here is my entry into the challenge this month.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/merry-christmas-from-veterinarians-office-1579720?aid=145102

  2. Teri Francis permalink
    August 26, 2019 6:50 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Thanks again for your help with introduction to creating stock cards. It was really fun getting familiar with this option for creating cards, and I found that it kind of kicked my old brain into thinking outside of my normal comfort zone!

    Here is my entry for the August Design Challenge:
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/business/industry-specific/food-restaurant/peace-love-java-coffee-1579886?aid=131425
    And here is my store URL:
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/squirrelhugger

    Thanks again for being so helpful and supportive!

    • Jay Ballanger permalink
      August 26, 2019 8:58 pm

      We noticed this card appears to be in the wrong category for the challenge. The category it is in does not reference Christmas Cards.

      • Teri Francis permalink
        August 26, 2019 10:07 pm

        Hi Jay, sorry that I didn’t double check the category it was placed in before submitting it. I was my understanding that it would automatically go in the Off The Cuff category, and that we can suggest a category in the Artist’s Notes, but that we really have no control over it if approved. Is that not correct? I did suggest the referenced category in my Notes Review, “… I would normally put this in Business>Christmas>Occupation Specific>Food/Restaurant/Culinary,” so I guess whoever approved it felt that was the appropriate place for it. I will write to the Review Team and ask for clarification.

        No worries if it’s not acceptable for the Challenge. This was my first time doing a stock card, and it seemed like a good fit for a client of mine who owns a coffee shop. It was a good opportunity for me to try out the stock card tool, and hopefully my client will like it and choose it for her holiday cards this year.

        Thanks for your reply and consideration. : )

      • August 26, 2019 11:38 pm

        This is simply an error and will be corrected. Teri your card is clearly business holiday and will be moved by the review team. No worries!

    • August 29, 2019 4:16 pm

      Hi Teri! The review team made the correction to the category, you’re fine! Entry received and good luck on your first Design Challenge and first Stock Card!

  3. Jay Ballanger permalink
    August 26, 2019 10:54 pm

    Hi Doreen
    Here is our submission for the challenge. PID 1580240
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/christmas-holidays-insurance-business-flopped-1580240
    Thanks,
    Jay and Susan

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    August 28, 2019 10:03 pm

    Hi Doreen, I hope you are having a great month! Here is my entry for the challenge pid#1580452
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/business-holiday-christmas-from-realtor-1580452
    Good luck to everyone! Take care, Laurie

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