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Dash of Inspiration: May 2022 Design Challenge

May 2, 2022
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Time to get the imagination going and be inspired for a another Design Challenge!

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Theme: Baby

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design that is baby themed for any ‘baby’ category, like: New Baby Congratulations, Christenings, etc.

  • 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: Tuesday, May 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 baby category – Search Baby Categories

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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: May 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 2022!

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 2022!

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Tips:

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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Doreen Erhardt / Salon Of Art©

 

18 Comments leave one →
  1. May 16, 2022 8:35 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Hope you are doing well. Here is our submission. Good luck everyone!
    Jay & Susan

    PID# 1734394

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/occasions/congratulations/newbaby/humor/funny-congratulations-on-baby-with-1734394

  2. Laurie Schneider permalink
    May 17, 2022 9:38 pm

    Hi Doreen, hope you are having a wonderful month! Here is my entry for the month
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/congratulations-cards/new-baby/boy/congratulations-on-new-baby-boy-1733780
    Good luck to everyone! Take care, Laurie

  3. May 24, 2022 2:37 am

    Hi Betsy, back attcha! Entry received, good luck!

  4. 1ramelle permalink
    May 31, 2022 8:41 pm

    Hello, Doreen~ I created a design for this challenge and submitted it on the 29th. I still have not gotten an approval and do not have a URL for it. I guess with the holiday yesterday, I may have missed out on getting my card approved in time. On the chance that you can still use it, here’s the product Id: 1735380. I hope there’s a way we can get this entered for the challenge. Thanks!

    • May 31, 2022 10:28 pm

      Hi Ramelle – yes, I’m sure the holiday weekend slowed things down, although the reviewers generally don’t work on weekends either. As you know cards must be approved and in the public marketplace to be included, so I will look this card up at the end of the day and see if it shows up. You may wish to send an email to the review team with this PID and let them know it’s for the challenge.

      • 1ramelle permalink
        May 31, 2022 10:58 pm

        Thanks for your reply, Doreen. I had mentioned that this was to be submitted for the monthly challenge in my note to the Reviewers, but I will try again directly. I’m hoping for the best.

  5. 1ramelle permalink
    June 1, 2022 12:59 am

    Hi, Doreen~ My card got approved. Just in time! Thank you again for your help. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/greeting-card-1735380?aid=149580

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