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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge FEBRUARY 2020

February 2, 2020

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Congratulations to all those whose wonderful creations received Founders’ Choice awards! GCU is such a fun place to create! So let’s get started with this year’s first Stock Card challenge!

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Theme: Wild About You

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that includes Wild About You in some form and ties the imagery of choice  with the category choice and challenge theme  – 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, February 29th

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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: Any which suits your message, recipient and imagery.

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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: OCTOBER 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!
  • 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • 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!
  • 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • 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!
18 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa Charlton permalink
    February 5, 2020 3:24 am

    Hello Doreen and GCU, This was a first time for me to use a big stock image. What fun! Thanks for the challenge prompting. This is my submission for the February ‘Wild About You’ Big Stock Design Challenge. Cheers, Lisa Product ID 1599336. http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/dog-agility-trainer-teacher-coach-1599336?aid=131617

  2. February 7, 2020 4:15 am

    Hi Doreen, Here is our submission for the February challenge.
    Thank you!
    Jay and Susan

    PID 1599854

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/love-and-romance-for-husband-1599854

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    February 8, 2020 2:19 am

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry tor the month. I hope you are having a great month! PID#1600164
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/love-and-romance-cards/adult-sexy/im-wild-about-you-adult-1600164
    Good luck everyone! Take care, Laurie

  4. Tam Moody permalink
    February 12, 2020 3:33 pm

    Hey Doreen! I hope all is well with you! Here is my entry for the challenge: PID# 1601120
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/anniversary-wedding-cards/for-spouse-general/general/wild-about-you-horse-theme-1601120
    Good luck to everyone this month!
    Tammy

  5. February 17, 2020 12:45 am

    Hello, Doreen,
    Spring is coming and I am Wild About it! Please find my submission below. Good luck everyone!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/thank-you/occupation-specific/musician-band/thank-you-for-being-party-1600330?aid=145102

  6. Linda permalink
    February 27, 2020 7:21 pm

    Hello Doreen,
    Here is my submission for the February Design Challenge.
    This was also my first time selecting a stock photo for use in a design.
    (I learned a thing or twelve) … lol 🙂
    http://artist.greetingcarduniverse.com/community/gcu_product.asp?pid=1603062&return=/community/my_cards.asp

  7. February 27, 2020 11:24 pm

    Hi Linda! Well, welcome to the stock card challenge world, we’re glad to have you! Here is Thing #13 (LOL!). You need to post the URL from your store front or the public marketplace, NOT the link to your artist account. We can not access it there – and – you’ll need to wait up to 24-hours or so after approval in order for it to show up in the public marketplace.

    • Linda permalink
      February 27, 2020 11:32 pm

      Oh dear okay! When I click on this card I keep getting error message, “404 page not found” even though it’s been over 24-hours since approval.

  8. February 28, 2020 12:09 am

    Are you sure it’s status is Approved?

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