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Dash of Inspiration: November 2020 Design Challenge

November 2, 2020
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If, in our lifetime, there has ever been a need for a new year, this is the year.  This being the final design challenge of 2020, I thought it appropriate to ring in a new year with this month’s theme. Hoping you all are well and safe as we kick off our next, and last of the year, Design Challenge.

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Theme: A New Year

Requirements:

  • New Year theme in design and verse. Traditional designs will be accepted, but the unusual and unique to THIS year will speak loudly to the judges. New Years as well as Chinese New Year will be accepted.
  • Any New Year themed 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, November 3oth

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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 New Year  

Note: if your submissions is clearly COVID specific, please use these categories:
Holidays >> ….. >> Coronavius / COVID 19
Collections >> Health Awareness >>  Coronavius / COVID 19 

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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: November 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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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

Doreen Erhardt©

25 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty Cimlov-Zahares permalink
    November 17, 2020 11:55 pm

    Hi Doreen,

    I wasn’t sure where to submit my card for the November 2020 Design Challenge (since I’ve never submitted anything before). It’s for the “non-traditional, unique for 2020 Chinese New Year challenge. I’ve covered Christmas, the challenging year we’ve had and hope for a better 2021 in one humorous card.

    Here is the url and pid number: https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/other-christmas/greeting-card-1656922?aid=183235

    PID: 1656922

    If this is not where I’m supposed to submit, please let me know where.

    Thanks,

    Patty Cimlov-Zahares

    PS: Please excuse the terrible font inside. Not really up to my standards, but there weren’t many options offered. 😦

    • November 18, 2020 3:42 am

      Hi Patty! Welcome! You’ve entered correctly! I’ll get back to you when I log your entry in. 🙂

    • November 18, 2020 4:47 pm

      Okay, Patty, entry logged, good luck! We’re delighted to have you join the challenges! Hope you enjoy it and enter again next year. 🙂

  2. Trudy Wilkerson permalink
    November 18, 2020 11:43 am

    Hi Doreen, Hope u are doing fine. I designed three different cards for this contest mainly because it keeps me focused on designing and inspiration. So, I decided on this one with the inside verse reflecting more on how 2020 has been. Here is the link: https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/shopping/message.asp?pid=1658846&aid=135795

    Enjoy your day!
    Best regards,
    TrudyWilkerson

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    November 20, 2020 5:52 am

    Hi Doreen, hope all is well with you. Perfect theme for the year that everyone is going through. I hope 2021 is better for all.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/new-years/coronavirus-covid19/new-year-saying-goodbye-to-1659090
    Good luck everyone and take care! Laurie

  4. Linda permalink
    November 20, 2020 3:30 pm

    Good Morning, Doreen
    Here is my entry for the November Design Challenge.
    Thank you and have a wonderful day!
    Linda
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/new-years/coronavirus-covid19/humorous-happy-new-year-2021-1659216

  5. November 20, 2020 6:28 pm

    Good morning to you, Linda – Entry received, good luck!

  6. November 26, 2020 12:08 am

    Doreen,
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone! May your special day be beautifully spent with
    your family and fun times!

    Here is my entry for the challenge. Best of luck to you all!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/new-years-cards/lakes-rivers-streams-creeks/happy-new-year-funny-men-1659746?aid=145102

  7. michelle lanoue permalink
    November 27, 2020 5:04 pm

    Doreen, these challenges are so addicting:) Here is my entry for this one. Let’s hope the new year brings health and happiness for all!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/health-awareness/coronavirus-covid19/happy-new-year-both-of-1659638?aid=276330

  8. November 30, 2020 10:01 pm

    Here is my entry. I added it to Mindy’s Forum request. Not sure if that was correct. I also forgot to note it in the note to reviewer. Here is my PID 1660034

    • November 30, 2020 10:54 pm

      Hi Sandra – The PID number you’ve entered is not yet in the public marketplace. Once the card is approved – AND – is available in the public marketplace, please post the public link here. We’ll keep our eye out for it as it’s the last day to enter, so we’ll look again before midnight California time tonight for your link post. Thank you!

  9. Lisa Charlton permalink
    December 1, 2020 3:29 am

    Hi Doreen, I submitted a card for this last challenge of 2020 on Nov 26 with fast track. Product Id: 1659988 Sorry I didn’t get it done sooner, especially knowing GCU would be closed over Thanksgiving. I’ll post when available and hopefully in time to be included. Thanks, Lisa

    • December 1, 2020 3:35 am

      Hi Lisa – okay, I’ll keep my eye out for it!

      • Lisa Charlton permalink
        December 2, 2020 1:24 am

        Hi Doreen, no need to keep an eye out. It was declined. Reason, declined due to the following reason(s):
        Marketability – No Thank You.
        Darn, It was a dandelion gone to seed and caption on front saying, It all starts with a wish. Inside was a Happy New Year’s verse for wishing big in the upcoming year.
        Oh well, Win some, lose some. Thanks for the challenges in 2020, Doreen. Cheers, Lisa

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