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Dash of Inspiration: August 2020 Design Challenge

August 1, 2020
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This month is back to back Design Challenge vs. the usual Stock Challenge. After all, once again the holiday season is coming and as designers we need to be way ahead of the rush. So get motivated and inspired and show us your new holiday design!

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Theme: Holiday Season

Requirements:

  • Any of the seasonal categories; Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, etc. Standard cards or photo cards will be accepted.
  • Any winter season category which your card speaks to.
  • No Stock card creations will be accepted.
  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline: Monday, August 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 holiday themed category (for the winter holiday season).

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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: August 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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Doreen Erhardt©

Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Schneider permalink
    August 10, 2020 9:44 pm

    Hi Doreen, I hope you are having a great month! Here is my entry for the month
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/coronavirus-covid19/christmas-photo-custom-name-and-1637138
    Good luck everyone! Take care, Laurie

  2. Michelle Lanoue permalink
    August 17, 2020 1:19 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Congratulations on your design of the day! Very sweet card. Here is an entry for this month’s challenge. My favorite cards to design are holiday cards.:)
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/animals-pets/birds/merry-christmas-with-cardinals-christmas-1638518?aid=276330

  3. August 17, 2020 8:11 pm

    Hi Doreen, Yes, congratulations on your DOD!
    Here is my entry for this month. Best of luck everyone!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/forfamilyrelationspecific/granddaughter/merry-christmas-to-granddaughter-cute-1639180

  4. Lisa Charlton permalink
    August 23, 2020 3:18 am

    Hi Doreen, Here’s my entry for August’s theme. Always inspirational to see everyone’s entries and how creative and varied they are. Thanks for doing these challenges. Cheers, Lisa
    PID1639468
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/animals-pets/dogs/santa-paws-is-coming-to-1639468

  5. August 24, 2020 12:20 pm

    Hi Doreen, hope you are well. I can’t believe the Christmas shopping season is almost upon us!
    Here is my entry for the August 2020 design challenge. Pid #1639656. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/general-christmas/red-buffalo-plaid-farm-animals-1639656?aid=154091

  6. August 27, 2020 9:42 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is our entry for the August Design Challenge. PID #1641240 Good luck everyone!
    Jay and Susan

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/chanukah-hanukkah-cards/grandparents/other/custom-front-hanukkah-for-bubbe-1641240

  7. Linda permalink
    August 31, 2020 4:39 pm

    Good afternoon, Doreen

    Here is my entry for the August Design Challenge:

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/cars-vehicles/merry-christmas-tree-farm-red-1641462?aid=470554

    Thanks so much!
    Linda

  8. September 1, 2020 1:48 am

    Hi Doreen, Here is my entry for the august design challenge. Product Id: 1641868

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/christmas-trees-lights/happy-holidays-christmas-tree-snowman-1641868

    Thanks, Mindy

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