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Dash of Inspiration: July 2022 Design Challenge

July 6, 2022
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Hello, artists! I am so very sorry for the delay in kicking off the July Design Challenge. As if a holiday weekend wasn’t delay enough, a wildfire within 15-miles of my home took out a power transfer station and left us without power from 6:30 pm on Monday until just an hour ago. Since you’ve lost nearly a week of creating time, we will extend the deadline by one week. Thank you for understanding!

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Theme: Halloween

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design that is DIFFERENT from anything you have for Halloween in your store collection. Be creative, innovative and really WOW the judges!

  • 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, August 6th

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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 Halloween category that suits your card the best.

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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 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 / SalonOfArtGreetings©

 

29 Comments leave one →
  1. Trudy Wilkerson permalink
    July 7, 2022 1:28 am

    So sorry to hear abt the fire…. Must have been scary n so horrible to be without electricity! Glad u r back to normalcy n r safe…. Going to get busy designing a Halloween card.??

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    • July 7, 2022 2:07 am

      Oh, thank you, Trudy. Well it’s always scary when a wildfire is nearby, but we were not in evacuation preparedness mode, so that was a relief.

      Other than being completely disconnected from the ‘world’ via internet/wifi, we have a generator and plenty of battery lights, so we spend the time binging DVD series or auto racing on the XBox – never too old to have fun, LOL! And we can cook hot meals, and keep the fridge and chest freezer running so it’s a bit boring, but not scary unless we are in the EVAC area.

      Look forward to seeing your submission for the challenge and thank you for your kindness.

  2. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 7, 2022 6:17 am

    Hi Doreen, so happy to hear you’re okay! I have never experienced a wildfire, but I can imagine it is pretty scary. Take care and be safe, Laurie

  3. July 7, 2022 3:44 pm

    So glad you guys are okay!

  4. Trudy F Wilkerson permalink
    July 12, 2022 12:56 pm

    Hi Doreen, glad to hear all is ok with you.
    Here is my Halloween Entry: # 1738648
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/invitations/halloween-party/costume-party/halloween-party-invitation-evil-ghosts-1738648?aid=135795
    Thank You! 😉

  5. Sun At Night permalink
    July 12, 2022 9:07 pm

    Submission link:
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/skeletons/skeleton-hand-holding-eerie-lantern-1738732?aid=145914

    Yep, I remember those wildfires. You live in the only state that knows how to handle them. I hope you take that as an encouraging thought. 🙂

  6. Laurie Schneider permalink
    July 13, 2022 8:40 am

    Hi Doreen, here is my entry for the month
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/general-halloween/halloween-humor-with-an-adorable-1738846
    Good luck everyone! Take care, Laurie

  7. July 13, 2022 12:40 pm

    Hi Doreen,
    Here is our entry. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/general-halloween/funny-halloween-happy-howl-o-1738888 PID# 1738888
    Sending you wishes for rain and cooler weather.
    Jay and Susan

  8. July 21, 2022 7:22 pm

    Doreen, I am so glad you were safe from the fires! That sounds very scary.
    Here is my entry. Good luck everyone!

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/congratulations-cards/engagement/other-engagement/engagement-on-halloween-congratulations-voodoo-1739514?aid=145102

  9. August 1, 2022 7:14 pm

    Hi Doreen, here’s my entry. Hope things have settled down in your area since the weekend of the 4th. https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/halloween-cards/general-halloween/halloween-spooky-pumpkin-and-ghost-1740522?aid=221671

  10. August 5, 2022 11:12 pm

    Hello, Doreen~ I submitted Product Id: 1740806 for review (Submit Date: 08/03/22) and yet it has not yet been approved. I know that the Review Team might not be working weekends, and since the July Challenge ends tomorrow, Saturday, I’m not sure what to do about getting this approved in time for the deadline. I plan to write to the Review Team today in hopes that someone can take a look at my design before it’s too late. Just thought I’d let you know that I have an entry pending. Thanks.

    • August 5, 2022 11:42 pm

      Okay, Ramelle. Thanks for the heads-up. I’ll keep my eye out for it. 🙂

      • 1ramelle permalink
        August 6, 2022 5:34 pm

        I resubmitted my card yesterday after the Reviewer sent it back for a text adjustment. Still no word regarding approval, so I assume I missed out this month. Sorry I couldn’t get a design to you sooner. It was a fun challenge and I look forward to seeing all the new designs.

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