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Dash of Inspiration: SEPTEMBER 2021 Design Challenge

September 1, 2021
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Something different and fun this month which actually has a large market during the holiday season, so let’s get to it!

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Theme: Western Christmas

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design featuring a Western Holiday theme for any holiday season category well suited to your design.

  • 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:  Thursday, September 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 Christmas holiday category.

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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: SEPTEMBER 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:

  • TIP: GCU does not have a Western Christmas category, so be sure to create strong meta-tag data to represent the western flair of your new design.
  • Nuts and Bolts: How to Write Product Descriptions
  • Keep in mind that Western Christmas cards have deeper reds, more sage toned greens, here is some color palette inspiration.

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Doreen Erhardt©

16 Comments leave one →
  1. Michelle Lanoue permalink
    September 8, 2021 7:13 pm

    Hi Doreen, guess I’m the first entry. I love Christmas cards of any type, so this was fun.
    Here’s my entry. Thanks!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/countrywesterncowboy/howdy-partner-western-style-christmas-1698674?aid=276330

  2. juliat2 permalink
    September 11, 2021 12:25 pm

    Doreen,

    Here’s my entry for this month’s challenge:

    PID: 1699556

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/countrywesterncowboy/western-santa-in-desert-with-1699556?aid=269112

    Thank you and good luck everyone!
    Julia

  3. Laurie Schneider permalink
    September 17, 2021 3:12 am

    Hi Doreen, I hope you are having a good month! Here is my entry.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/general-christmas/christmas-with-a-western-theme-1700872
    Good luck everyone, Take care, Laurie

  4. September 19, 2021 6:44 pm

    HI Doreen! Wow what great entries! Fun topic! Here is mine. Hope you are having a wonderful September!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/christmas-cards/animals-pets/horses/country-western-cowboy-chirstmas-holiday-1701088

    • September 19, 2021 7:56 pm

      Hi Stephanie! Glad to see you are able to make cards while being laid up with your horribly broken ankle! Entry received, good luck!

  5. September 27, 2021 8:07 pm

    Happy Monday, Doreen! Here is my entry for this month. I hope everyone has a wonderful week! Good luck, too!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/countrywesterncowboy/western-christmas-humorous-horse-with-1703168?aid=145102

  6. Trudy F Wilkerson permalink
    September 27, 2021 9:16 pm

    Hi Doreen, Coming in under the gun for this month’s Western Christmas challenge. Hope you are doing well. Lots of great designs here! Love seeing everyone’s creativity.

    Here’s my entry for the contest.
    Product Id: 1703000

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/christmas/countrywesterncowboy/christmas-cowboy-santa-delivering-gifts-1703000?aid=135795

    Have a great week!

  7. Ramelle Flory Richardson permalink
    September 30, 2021 6:04 pm

    I got this entry in by the skin of my teeth. Hope it brings a smile.
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/greeting-card-1703582?aid=149580

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