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Dash of Inspiration: March 2020 Design Challenge

March 2, 2020
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As spring quickly approaches, it’s time for another fun Design Challenge, so let’s get to it …

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Theme: Shower – Showers – Showering

Requirements:

  • Use shower, showers, showering, showered (any form of the word)  as part of your card design message with supporting imagery.
  • Any category which your card speaks to.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Tuesday, March 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 that is well-suited for your Shower themed design.

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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: March 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 nearly 56,000 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: 2K!
  • 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!
  • NEW starting this month, 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 2,000 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.

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 2,000 followers and counting!

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Tips:

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by Doreen Erhardt©

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

22 Comments leave one →
  1. Tam Moody permalink
    March 7, 2020 12:08 am

    Hi Doreen!
    Here is my entry for this month’s challenge:
    Product ID 1604080
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/husband-birthday-cards/general/husband-old-truck-with-showering-1604080?aid=447404
    Good luck to everyone!
    Tammy

  2. michelle lanoue permalink
    March 11, 2020 6:46 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    I am putting an entry in for this month’s contest. Thank you!!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/mothers-day-cards/animals-pets/cats/mom-happy-mothers-day-cute-1604780?aid=276330

    • March 11, 2020 7:45 pm

      Hi Michelle, I think you just needed to give it more time to post. Must be a delay. 🙂 Entry received, good luck!

  3. michelle lanoue permalink
    March 11, 2020 6:50 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    I tried to enter and noticed it did not go through. Here we go, I will try again. Here is my entry.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/mothers-day-cards/animals-pets/cats/mom-happy-mothers-day-cute-1604780?aid=276330

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    March 12, 2020 4:11 am

    Hi Doreen, hope all is well with you. Here is my entry for the month
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/invitations/baby-shower/general-gender-neutral-baby-shower/invitation-to-baby-shower-with-1604168
    Good luck to everyone! Take care, Laurie

  5. Julia Bryant permalink
    March 14, 2020 12:41 am

    Hi Doreen! Here is my submission for this month’s challenge:

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/easter-cards/animals-pets/bunny-bunnies-rabbits/showering-easter-wishes-with-bunny-1605480?aid=269112

    Good luck!

  6. March 19, 2020 8:55 pm

    Hello, Doreen,
    I hope this finds you healthy and safe from the storm! Below is my entry into the challenge for this month. I wish everyone good health and safety, too! And, best of luck in the challenge.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/i-am-here-for-you/encouragement-with-rain-showers-over-1606282

    • March 20, 2020 4:00 pm

      Fortunately, we live in a small mountain community, an hour away from the big cities, so we are storm free thus far. Hoping you too are healthy and safe! Entry received, good luck!

  7. Linda permalink
    March 23, 2020 9:52 pm

    Good afternoon, Doreen,
    I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe.
    Here is my entry for the March design challenge.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/bridal-shower-cards/general-bridal-shower/showering-you-with-llove-bride-1606864

  8. March 26, 2020 7:12 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Here is our submission for the March Design Challenge. PID 1607436 https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/anniversary-wedding-cards/general-wedding-anniversary/showers-of-love-from-above-1607436

    Thanks!
    Jay and Susan

  9. Lisa Charlton permalink
    March 31, 2020 10:27 pm

    Hello Doreen and GCU friends, I am late to the gate for this month’s challenge but have submitted a card today (Mar. 31). Given the World in crisis, I found it fitting to create an Covid 19 category encouragement card in the ‘showering’ theme. The Product ID is 1608438. I will post again with the link if/when approved, with thanks for this challenge and with prayers for everyone’s wellness during this time and going forward. Thank you GCU for remaining an essential service. You always have been and especially now, for keeping people connected. Love, Lisa.

    • April 1, 2020 2:07 pm

      Good morning, Lisa. It’s the 1st of the month and with your card being created on the last day of the challenge, I’m afraid it won’t make it in. According to the review team it is still awaiting review. It then has to be live in the public marketplace, which as you know can be a 24-hour wait. We must be fair to everyone. 🙂 Next time get to it a bit earlier, girl! Thank you for entering, please don’t let this one time deadline miss discourage you.

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