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Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge APRIL 2020

April 1, 2020

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Amidst all the uncertainty in our world today, let’s spread a little happiness around with this month’s Stock Card Challenge.

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Theme: Happiness is …

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that includes ‘Happiness is’ 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: Thursday, April 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.

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: APRIL 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!
29 Comments leave one →
  1. juliat2 permalink
    April 6, 2020 11:28 am

    Hi Doreen! My submission for the challenge is:
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/bible-study-invitation-with-group-1609120?aid=269112

    Good luck to everyone!
    Julia

  2. Laurie Schneider permalink
    April 8, 2020 11:08 pm

    Hi Doreen, I hope you are well and you continue to stay well. Here is my entry for the month.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/nationalandinternationaldays/worldwildlifedaymarch3/world-wildlife-day-with-an-1609516
    Stay well everyone! Take care, Laurie

  3. April 10, 2020 3:37 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Here is our “Happiness is … ” submission. Hope you are safe and sane.
    Jay and Susan

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/friendship-cards/general-friendship/friendship-happiness-is-a-swing-1609916

    PID# 1609916

  4. Tam Moody permalink
    April 10, 2020 5:14 pm

    Hi Doreen!
    Here is my entry for April’s design challenge.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/humor-birthday-cards/rainbows-in-life-drinking-humor-1609906
    PID# 1609916
    Hope everyone is staying safe and well!
    Good luck to all!
    Tammy

  5. MoGreetings permalink
    April 13, 2020 8:04 pm

    Hello, Here is my entry: https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/heroes-like -you-with-child-1608862?aid=507504. Thank you.

  6. April 20, 2020 12:41 pm

    Happy Monday, Doreen,
    Dropping off my entry for this month’s challenge. I hope this finds everyone well and good luck!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/dental-appointment-reminder-with-big-1612086?aid=145102

  7. Lisa Charlton permalink
    April 21, 2020 5:30 pm

    Hello Doreen, Here is my ‘on time, this time’ entry for this month’s design challenge. Product ID1611844. With thanks and well wishes, Lisa https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/thinking-of-you/coronavirus-covid19/happiness-is-getting-through-this-1611844

    • April 24, 2020 5:22 pm

      Sorry, Lisa, cards may not be entered into the challenge until they are approved and link is available via the public marketplace. Please post again when this is the case. Thank you!

      • Lisa Charlton permalink
        April 24, 2020 9:29 pm

        Thanks Doreen, It had been approved and I’d waited till it was public before entering here. It had even sold (yay). Sorry, but reviewer then returned for edit (I had an ellipsis on card front which I was asked to edit to a colon). I have done the edit and resubmitted. I will let you know if/when it’s re approved and in public view.

      • April 28, 2020 9:56 pm

        Hi Lisa – Still waiting for your entry to be approved, but I have nudged the review team. 🙂

      • Lisa Charlton permalink
        April 28, 2020 10:01 pm

        Thank you, thank you, dear Doreen for your caring and time to follow up. I keep checking too. The nudge is appreciated. xoxo

      • Lisa Charlton permalink
        May 1, 2020 1:11 am

        Hi Doreen, card was re approved this afternoon. It is not yet showing in public marketplace but fingers crossed that it will be in time still for April Challenge. Thanks, Lisa

      • May 1, 2020 2:47 am

        HOORAY! Entry received, good luck, Lisa!

  8. Linda permalink
    April 24, 2020 4:29 pm

    Good afternoon, Doreen,
    Hoping you and yours are well.
    Here is my entry for April’s design challenge.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/thinking-of-you/coronavirus-covid19/happiness-is-toilet-paper-smiling-1613476
    Thanks so much!
    Linda

    • April 28, 2020 9:59 pm

      Hi Linda – entry received, good luck. Sorry for the delay, but I record entries in the order they are received for my own sanity and there has been a delay above you. Please note that as long as you post an approved and public view link of a card for the challenge, regardless of when I reply, your entry will be entered. 🙂

      • Linda permalink
        April 28, 2020 10:05 pm

        Thanks, so much!
        I will try to remember this. 😊

  9. PamJArts permalink
    April 29, 2020 10:14 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Squeaking in with an entry for the April Design Challenge. Here it is – https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/greeting-card-1614964?aid=135500

    Pamela

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