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Dash of Inspiration: May 2020 Design Challenge

May 1, 2020
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Happy May, everyone! It’s been such a joy to see all the entries the last couple of challenges. This month we hope is no exception …

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Theme: Catch of the Day

Requirements:

  • Use Catch of the Day as part of your card design message with supporting imagery and be creative! However you can make the phrase work, works for this challenge.
  • Any category which your card speaks to.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Saturday, May 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 that is well-suited for your Catch of the Day 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: May 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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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

27 Comments leave one →
  1. May 3, 2020 10:23 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    I hope this finds you well. Here is my entry into the May challenge. Take care and be safe.

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/nautical-maritime/encouragement-keep-the-faith-catch-1615742

    • May 9, 2020 2:47 pm

      Hi Betsy – Sorry everyone for the delay, but I needed to wait until the previous challenge voting had been completed and announced. 🙂

      Gotcha, Betsy, good luck!

  2. juliat2 permalink
    May 4, 2020 11:28 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    Here’s my submission to the challenge this month:

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/birthday/hobbyspecific/foodiefoodloverfoodista/catch-of-the-day-for-1616152?aid=269112

    I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

    J.

  3. Alda permalink
    May 5, 2020 12:13 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    The PID for my entry is 1616158. Below is the link.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/good-luck-cards/love-romance/good-luck-catch-of-the-1616158?aid=133805

    Stay safe and stay well.
    Alda

  4. Laurie Schneider permalink
    May 6, 2020 8:41 pm

    Hi Doreen, I hope you are well. Here is my entry for the month pid#1616280
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/anniversary-wedding-cards/for-spouse-general/general/wedding-anniversary-to-spouse-with-1616280
    Good luck to everyone. Take care, Laurie

  5. May 18, 2020 8:41 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is our entry for the May Design Challenge “Catch of the Day”. PID 1619454

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/congratulations-cards/sporting-event-game/baseball/other-baseball/congratulations-catch-of-the-day-1619454

    Thanks so much for all you do!
    Jay and Susan

  6. 1ramelle permalink
    May 23, 2020 12:24 am

    This is an interesting challenge. Here’s my submission for Catch of the Day: Product Id: 1620804
    It will be fun to see what GCU’s creative artists come up with.
    Thanks!
    Ramelle

    • May 23, 2020 1:33 am

      Hi Ramelle – Please provide a link to the public marketplace view when the card shows in the marketplace. It’s not available yet. Thank you.

      • 1ramelle permalink
        May 23, 2020 1:35 am

        Will do! Thanks for the heads-up. Ramelle

  7. 1ramelle permalink
    May 23, 2020 3:49 pm

    Hi, Doreen~ Sorry I forgot to wait until the card appeared in the marketplace. It’s available now at https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/encouragement-cards/dream-big-follow-your-dreams/dont-give-up-on-your-1620804
    Ramelle

  8. Linda permalink
    May 27, 2020 9:21 pm

    Good afternoon, Doreen
    Trusting you and yours are safe and well!
    This was definitely a challenge that I truly enjoyed.
    Here is my entry for the May Design Challenge.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/valentines-day-cards/nautical-maritime/greeting-card-1621946
    Thank you,
    Linda

    • May 27, 2020 9:44 pm

      Hi Linda – yes, safe and well, you too, I hope. Really glad to hear you enjoyed this month’s theme! Entry received, good luck!

  9. Linda permalink
    May 28, 2020 5:11 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is my updated card link for the May Design Challenge.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/shopping/message.asp?pid=1621946&aid=470554
    My Reviewer noticed that my card was checked off as private. (this keeps happening)
    Thanks, again,
    Linda

  10. Lisa Charlton permalink
    May 29, 2020 5:34 am

    Hello Doreen and fellow GCU artists. This is the link for my Catch of the Day, May Design Challenge. Fun and inspiring to see the card theme varieties. Stay safe. Be well, Lisa. PID 1622344. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/fathers-day-cards/for-husband-from-wife/greeting-card-1622344

    • May 29, 2020 2:23 pm

      Hi Lisa – I agree! I just love how a theme can take artists on individual journeys into their own imagination!
      Entry received, good luck!

      • Lisa Charlton permalink
        May 30, 2020 4:57 am

        Thanks Doreen, Thanks for all you do to facilitate this design challenge and for all the time you spend serving and inspiring the GCU community. You and Salon of Art rock!

      • May 30, 2020 2:16 pm

        Ah, Lisa, you’re welcome and thank you for the wonderful kudos!

  11. Dale Simpson permalink
    May 29, 2020 7:06 pm

    Hi Doreen, Bit last minute but here is my Catch of the Day May Design Challenge design. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/anniversary-wedding-cards/for-spouse-general/general/anniversary-spouse-youre-special-fish-1622658
    Thanks, Dale

  12. Tam Moody permalink
    May 29, 2020 11:11 pm

    Hi Doreen! Nothing like waiting until the very last minute! lol Was hoping to get one done this month, This is a busy time of the year for me with new baby cows being born. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it! lol Ha- I love getting to be around all the new babies.
    Anyhow, Here is a link to my entry for this month’s challenge: https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/fathersday/customizeforanyrelation/custom-front-catch-of-the-1622680
    This was kind of a challenging one for sure! Wishing everyone the best of luck! I am sure the entries are all great- they usually are!
    Thanks,
    Tammy

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