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Dash of Inspiration: JULY 2021 Design Challenge

July 1, 2021
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This month we’re pairing our Design Challenge with a fun GCU Promo at GCU for even more exposure! Let’s get to it and have some fun!

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Theme: Christmas in July

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design the Christmas in July category featuring appropriate summertime Christmas celebrations.

  • Write your own verse/message, be creative and write a message that clearly speaks to your imagery, occasion and recipient.

  • Blank verse will not be considered for entry in this challenge.

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Entry Deadline:  Saturday, July 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:

Holidays > Christmas Cards > Christmas in July

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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: JULY 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 58,000 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: 5.36K!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2021!

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!
  • 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.
  • A Design Challenge GCU digital award for 2021!

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Tips:

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Doreen Erhardt©

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Trudy F Wilkerson permalink
    July 3, 2021 2:20 pm

    Hi Doreen, Hope you are doing well. Thank you for all the wonderful tips you give us. Great Job! Here’s the PID #1689140 and link https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/shopping/message.asp?pid=1689140&aid=135795
    for my July entry for Christmas in July. Hope this is where I submit it, if not, let me know and I’ll try it again where you suggest. Enjoy your day!

    • July 3, 2021 5:09 pm

      Hello, Trudy –
      Glad to have you join us and thank you for the gratitude 🙂

      This is indeed the correct place to post your entry, however please ONLY post the link to the card once it shows up in the public marketplace. Posting the ‘shopping cart link’ here only adds your card to all of our carts when we click on the link.

      Wait until you can access the card via your public storefront or via a search in the public marketplace with your PID and post that link. 🙂

      Entries will not be logged until next week in order to finish the voting for the previous month. I’ll let you know when it’s been logged in, thank you!

      • Trudy F Wilkerson permalink
        July 4, 2021 9:06 pm

        ok, thank you, I was out of the loop so hopefully, I’ll get it right for you but will await your telling me when. 😉

      • July 12, 2021 2:03 pm

        Entry posted, Trudy, good luck!

  2. July 4, 2021 10:13 pm

    You can post your entry – the public market link – here anytime it’s available. No worries if it’s posted here, I’ll get! 🙂

    Thank you, Trudy and welcome back!

  3. July 6, 2021 5:25 pm

    Hello Doreen!

    Here’s my submission for this month’s challenge. Good luck, everyone!

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-in-july/happy-christmas-in-july-with-1689484?aid=269112

    PID: 1689484

    Thank you!
    Julia

  4. mmandersonart permalink
    July 7, 2021 10:05 pm

    Here is my entry.
    PID #1689542
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-in-july/merry-christmas-in-july-ripe-1689542?aid=412298
    Best of luck to everyone!

  5. July 8, 2021 5:28 pm

    Hello Doreen,
    Rowing by with my Christmas in July entry! Season’s Greetings to all! And best of luck!

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-in-july/christmas-in-july-santa-on-1689470?aid=145102

  6. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 13, 2021 10:19 pm

    Hi Doreen, hope you are having a wonderful Christmas in July Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! 🙂 Here is my entry for the month.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-in-july/christmas-in-july-with-santa-1689936
    Good luck to everyone, great entries so far!

  7. July 20, 2021 3:19 pm

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/christmas-in-july/greeting-card-1690324?aid=133805
    Here is my entry. I think I may have posted it in the wrong spot earlier so forgive me if this is a duplicate.

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