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Nuts and Bolts: The Difference is in the Details 

September 4, 2020


Nuts & Bolts – The Difference is in the Details 
It is often the little details that escape the artist’s eye. It’s likely that you’ve been so focused on other elements of your submission that you’ve overlooked one, small element.  It is always a good idea to step away from a design that you have been meticulously working on or ask a brutally honest companion to give it a once over. The review team is certainly a fresh set of eyes and often catches tiny fixes or areas of improvement. GCU is grateful for artists who are open to collaborating with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.


In this example, to grunge or not to grunge?  That is the question.


Observation from the reviewer:
Because of the distressed nature of the card front we require a more noticeable alert for shoppers so they do not return the card thinking it is a printing error.

We added DISTRESSED into your title and edited it so it would fit.
Please edit the artist notes.

For grunge or distressed designs that the shopper may think were printing errors please add something similar to the following in your Artist’s Notes. Please do use all caps. “THE EDGES OF THIS DESIGN ARE INTENTIONALLY DESIGNED WITH DIGITAL EFFECTS TO LOOK WORN AND AGE” or”THE TEXT ON THE COVER OF THIS CARD IS GRUNGE STYLE THAT INTENTIONALLY LOOKS AGED AND WORN OUT”.

See here for details on the Submission Guideline for Composition – Subject Matter
Original Image:



From the artist:
I can make the necessary edits but do you think the background would be better in a solid color rather than distressed look?
Resulting Image:
Thank you to GCU artist, Linda Gladman Art, for her quick and adept skills working with our review team to create a design shoppers will fall in love with.



The difference is made in the details!


GCU Community Manager


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