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Dash of Inspiration: SEPT 2022 Design Challenge

September 9, 2022
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The holiday season is quickly approaching so let’s have some fun while preparing new greetings!

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Theme: Holiday Typography

Requirements:

  • Create a new typographic-based design for one of upcoming holidays. Write something new and different and show off this wonderful style of artistic expression.

  • 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: Friday, 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 Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or New Year 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: 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 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©

 

Nuts & Bolts: Every Day vs Everyday

September 9, 2022
 
 
 
Nuts & Bolts – Every day vs Everyday
 

There are just some words that no matter how many people you ask or mnemonics you recite you just can’t pin down the correct answer.
 
Everyday vs Every day is one of these tricky ones.  The reviewers see this often especially in inside verses and are happy to assist. 
 
Here is a helpful trick:
A fork is an everyday item we use every day.
 
 
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Read more about this common grammatical error.

 

The difference is made in the details!

 
Mindy

 

GCU Community Manager

 


Wanted New Cards: Thank You for the College Tour / Campus Visit.

September 8, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Thank You for the College Tour / Campus Visit


See the original request for cards and all of the requested tour subcategories here.

Please consider creating new cards here:

Occasions >> Thank You >> Tour >> College Tour / Campus Visit

 
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To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”. 

 

Consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track. Remember, when you’re submitting your new stock card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers.

 


Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

 

 

 

Freebie Wednesday: Handwritten Font Goldluck

September 7, 2022

FREE Goldluck Handwritten Font by MaulanaCreative!

Goldluck is a 70’s retro script font with a bold slant stroke, fun characters, ligatures, and alternates! Make stunning designs that will be the talk of the town with this font! Available in OTF and TTF formats.

Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

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Nuts & Bolts: Card Review Time Update

September 2, 2022
 
 
 
Nuts & Bolts – Card Review Time Update
 

As an update, card reviews are tracking at around 30 days right now.
 
This is longer than it has been in the recent past. As we continue to manage reviewer availability, we intend to speed this along.  You can check the Reviewing Cards Submitted on: date on your Admin page.
 
With that in mind, here is an oldie but goodie on designer’s schedule for holidays.
 
REMINDER: Cards for shopper requests should be set for FastTrack review for expedited review.

Thank you for your patience as your cards wait their turn in review.

The difference is made in the details!

 
Mindy

GCU Community Manager
 


Wanted New Cards: Halloween Trunk or Treat Invitation

September 1, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Halloween Trunk or Treat Invitation


A relatively new but growing tradition as an alternative to house to house trick or treating is Trunk or Treating.  Trick or treaters visit trunk to trunk for festive treats – or tricks!  Cars are usually organized in a parking lot or parking area.  It may be sponsored by a church, school, or other community organization.   See here for more details.
 
Shoppers will find Truck or Treat Invitations here:
 
NOTE: cid# is the speed entry method of adding a category to your card via category id number (cid#) vs using search terms or click and hunt.  See here on the blog:
https://gcucommunity.com/2022/06/10/nuts-and-bolts-new-artist-enhancements/

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We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using the Stock Cards function or your own graphic designs. 

To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”. (stock cards are automatically fast tracked).

 

Consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track. Remember, when you’re submitting your new stock card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers.


Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

 

 

 

Freebie Wednesday: Life of a Dog Watercolor Elements.

August 31, 2022

FREE Life of a Dog Watercolor Elements by JenDigitalArt!


The beautifully hand painted “Life of a Dog” clip art collection comes as high resolution PNG files (300 DPI.) This set includes 39 beautiful watercolour elements. Each piece has been hand painted, scanned and carefully trimmed to create isolated PNG files (without backgrounds).

Includes:

  • 39 PNG elements – see preview images for all elements included in this set

Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

 

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Nuts & Bolts: Reminder August Stock Card 2022 Design Challenge

August 26, 2022
 
Nuts & Bolts – Reminder August Stock Card 2022 Design Challenge 
 

Time for a Stock Card Creations only challenge. Be sure to submit your entry BEFORE Wednesday, August 31st  allowing time for review and approval.
 
 
Holiday Beach –  Season specific image for the holiday season that reflects coastal or beach theme along with a message that blends the season and image.
 
 
 
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Stock Card Creations are automatically identified as Fast Track – please add in the Notes to Reviewer: August Design Challenge Submission
 

The difference is made in the details!

 
Mindy
 


Wanted New Cards: Christmas Dance

August 25, 2022
 
Wanted Cards – Christmas Dance
 
 
There is a request for more Christmas cards for dancers of different styles.
 
Christmas cards featuring dance styles – hip hop, ballet, etc.
 
These cards should go here:
Holidays > Christmas Cards > Occupation Specific > Dancer (cid#7089)

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NOTE: cid# is the speed entry method of adding a category to your card via category id number (cid#) vs using search terms or click and hunt.  See here on the blog:
https://gcucommunity.com/2022/06/10/nuts-and-bolts-new-artist-enhancements/
 
To expedite the review of these cards, please check Fast Track Review on the card image details page when you create your card and add a Note for Reviewers like “for BLOG– Wanted Cards”. (stock cards are automatically fast tracked).
 

Consider using Stock Card Creations to create new cards quickly. These cards are automatically set for expedited review so no need to Fast Track. Remember, when you’re submitting your new stock card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers.


Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!

 

 

 

Freebie Wednesday: Featly Note Font.

August 24, 2022

Featly Note Font!


Featly Note is a handwritten bullet journal font! This font is perfect for school projects, SVG designs, stickers, home decorations, quotes, headings, blogs, logos, invitations, and more! Comes in OTF and TTF formats!

This pretty freebie is brought to you by Niskala Huruf. Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

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This product comes with a commercial license.

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