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Dash of Inspiration: NOV 2022 Design Challenge

November 1, 2022
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Welcome to the LAST Design Challenge of 2022! As we all begin to slow down creatively while our lives speed up into holiday mode, let’s have one more burst of inspiration.

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Theme: New Year

Requirements:

  • Create a card for the New Year categories – IF you have created a new card that has been approved within the last 30-days, it’s eligible for this challenge. Your New Year card should be uniquely different from the typical offerings in imagery and/or message.

  • 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: Wednesday, November 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:

Holidays > New Year’s Cards and/or any of the sub-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: 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, or in this challenge ONLY, approved within the last 30-days.
  • 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 & SalonOfArt

 

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Trudy F Wilkerson permalink
    November 8, 2022 4:51 pm

    Hi Doreen, Hope you are doing well and excited about the holidays coming up!
    My entry is a New Year’s Party Invitation, hope that is okay! Here is the link:

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/invitations/new-years-eve-party/general-new-years-eve-party/new-year-2023-party-invitation-1749074?aid=135795 #1749074

    • November 8, 2022 6:21 pm

      Absolutely okay and really glad to see such a fun and unique design in this challenge! Good luck, Trudy!

  2. November 10, 2022 1:58 am

    Hi, Doreen,
    This can include Lunar New Year as well? or just the Jan 1 New Year?

  3. Michelle lanoue permalink
    November 15, 2022 12:57 am

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/new-years-cards/year-specific/happy-to-be-hopping-into-1750102?aid=276330

    Hi Doreen, hope all is well. Here is my entry for this month’s challenge. Thank you!

  4. November 15, 2022 9:28 pm

    Hello Doreen, I hope this finds you well. Winter is on the verge here tonight. Yuck! Here is my entry for the month. Take care.

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holidays/newyears/occupationspecific/other/new-year-waitress-rolling-in-1749916?aid=145102

    • November 15, 2022 10:58 pm

      Hi Betsy, I hear ya. We’ve had it hit early here. The rain came last week followed by snow and then the cold just stuck around. Entry received, good luck and stay warm!

  5. November 16, 2022 8:31 pm

    Hi Doreen! Hope all is good! Below is my entry. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving 🙂
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/new-years-cards/for-friend/new-year-custom-wine-funny-1749590

  6. Laurie Schneider permalink
    November 18, 2022 9:55 pm

    Hi Doreen! Here is my entry for the month. I can’t believe we are at the end of the year almost! Happy holidays to you!
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/new-years-cards/year-specific/2023-new-years-custom-year-1750688
    Good luck to everyone! Take care, Laurie

  7. mmandersonart permalink
    November 19, 2022 4:44 pm

    I felt inspired to create a card for this challenge. This the first New Year’s card I’ve done. Just never felt like doing one before. Here’s my entry: https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/new-years-cards/year-specific/new-years-bluebird-in-winter-1750748?aid=412298
    Happy Thanksgiving and best of luck to everyone!

  8. MoGreetings permalink
    November 30, 2022 1:26 am

    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/holiday-cards/new-years-cards/resolutions/greeting-card-1749658?aid=507504 Sorry if duplicate entries; it doesn’t seem to be working right.

  9. December 1, 2022 3:47 am

    Hi Doreen, Here is my entry-
    Product ID: 1751672
    https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/greeting-card-1751672?aid=134129

    • December 1, 2022 3:13 pm

      Well you squeezed that one in at the final hour … LOL! According to the review team, it was approved and live onsite yesterday, so good luck, Debbie!

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