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Dash of Inspiration: November 2019 Design Challenge

November 1, 2019
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Hello everyone! Hard to believe this is the last challenge of the year! Let’s try something new and creative this month – my apologies for not having an example prepared, but I was without electricity more days in October than I was with power, so I’m behind in all things. Now for something completely different. Are you up for the challenge?

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Theme: Fusion Design

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design by choosing at least two objects from the list of eight objects below and creating a greeting card design. You may use more than two, all of them, or add additional items, including people and animals – but a minimum of two from the list must be clearly visible and important elements in the overall card design and message.

a musical instrument – a fishbowl – a book – eyeglasses/sunglasses – a feather – a seashell – a mask – a piece of fruit

  • 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: Saturday, November  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.

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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: November 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!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    November 16, 2019 1:50 pm

    Thought I would join in for the last challenge of the year.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/valentines-day-cards/animals-pets/fish-sea-life/valentine-with-fish-bowl-and-1589492

    Thanks!

  2. Laurie Schneider permalink
    November 19, 2019 1:48 am

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for the month. I hope you are having a good month and having lots of holiday sales!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/other/world-book-day-with-a-1589664
    Good luck to all, Take care, Laurie

  3. Michelle Lanoue permalink
    November 20, 2019 1:59 pm

    Hi Doreen, Here is my entry for the challenge. It is made from the heart because I just lost my dad a month ago. He had a good life, so many happy memories. So glad I can express my memories through a Christmas card:)
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/in-remembrance/dad-father/in-remembrance-of-your-dad-1587624?aid=276330

    • November 20, 2019 3:34 pm

      My heart breaks for you, Michelle. What a beautiful way to express the love and memories you both shared. Good luck.

      • Michelle Lanoue permalink
        November 24, 2019 1:29 pm

        Thank you so much Doreen!

  4. November 20, 2019 3:36 pm

    I am so enjoying the unique directions this challenge is taking all of you. Would you all like to see a few ‘Fusion’ design challenges scattered into next year?

  5. Linda Gladman permalink
    November 23, 2019 4:06 am

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is my November Design Challenge and my first. 🙂
    I had lots of fun with this card!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/animals-pets/cats/fun-musical-animals-we-wish-1589886

    • November 23, 2019 3:22 pm

      How fun! Really glad to have you join us, Linda! Entry received and good luck. BTW, you need to change the text color on your storefront setup. It’s white on white, therefore nothing can be seen. 🙂

  6. November 29, 2019 11:49 am

    Hello Doreen, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Boy did time get away from me this month, I am probably going to be too late to enter my design. If I get approval today I will be sure to pop back in to enter! Good luck to everyone!

    • November 29, 2019 5:52 pm

      Hi Betsy! We did, a very, very white one. Early snowfall for us and easily two feet. Good news is the new pup LOVES the snow, so we had a fun Thanksgiving. Hope you did too! I’ll keep my eyes open for your submission!

  7. December 1, 2019 2:20 pm

    Yikes! Two feet so early! We are getting ready right now for just under that in the next two days. I sense a day off of school tomorrow! Below please find my entry for the challenge.

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/bon-voyage-cards/destination-specific/enjoy-your-mardi-gras-vacation-1591646?aid=145102

    • December 1, 2019 5:53 pm

      Hi Betsy! The review team let me know this card was in the queue and clearly made the deadline. Received and entered, good luck, and enjoy your snow day! 🙂

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