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Rainbow Connection: Moodboards

February 5, 2019
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Find inspiration by browsing through these lovely moodboards at Seed; inspired by Design Seeds Color Palletes.

 

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Dash of Inspiration: February 2019 Design Challenge

February 1, 2019
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It’s time for another challenge and this month we’ll be adding new and fresh designs to some categories in need …

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Theme: Gay and Lesbian Parents

Requirements:

  • Category specific for those listed below for a gay or lesbian parent. This is different than two dads or two moms.
  • 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, February 28th

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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:

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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: February 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 over 57,000 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: 4K!
  • 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 6,800 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.
  • NEW! – 10 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.

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 6,800 followers and counting!
  • NEW! – 5 free greeting card credits added to your GCU account. Apply them at checkout and they never expire.

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Tips:

Check out these tips, tricks, freebies, and tutorials from our own GCU Community Blog which might be helpful in this month’s Challenge.

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

 

Nuts and Bolts: Set Dressing

February 1, 2019

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Nuts & Bolts – Set Dressing
 
What is Set Dressing?
Props and set dressing often overlap, but are provided by different departments. Props are defined as items which are handled directly by actors, and discussions take place between set decorator and prop masters in order to check that everything is being covered. Set dressers place furniture, hang pictures, and put out decorative items to generally making the set look real and lived-in.

 

Fun Fact:  GCU has on several occasions provided greeting cards for use as set dressing for movies and tv shows.  Quite often this is for a scene or story line of a character that is in the hospital or ill at home and we’ve provided cancer encouragement and get well cards.

So if you look closely enough you may spy your creative works in a production as GCU artist Sharon Dominick recently did with one of her wall calendars on the show This is Us.

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Anniversary & Congratulations Reunited / Reunion

January 31, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Anniversary & Congratulations Reunited / Reunion 

 

With the skyrocketing popularity of at-home genealogy and ancestry DNA testing from the likes of AncestryDNA, 23 and Me, and others, more people than ever before are identifying and reuniting with newly discovered and long lost family members.

 

Please keep in mind that not all of these reunions are not all sunshine and rainbows. There are often mixed emotions, unpleasant surprises and disappointing discoveries. Consider creating cards that address both sides of the spectrum.

 

Please consider making cards for this category:
>> General
>> Other
and the many relationship specific subcategories.

Additionally for reunion anniversary category with relationship and year specific subcategories:
Occasions >> Anniversary – Reunited / Reunion

Note: there are reasons other than adoptions for reunions and reuniting to be addressed like estrangement, lost touch, etc.

Freebie Wednesday: Free Retro Valentine Wood Background.

January 30, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

The Hungry Jpeg has some love to share in the form of free Retro Valentine Wood Backgrounds.  Don’t wait too long, the offer expires in 6 days!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Valentines Hearts and Kisses.

January 29, 2019
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Draw some design inspirtation for next Valentines Day with these hearts and kisses:

 

Nuts and Bolts: Reminder January 2019 Design Challenge.

January 25, 2019

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Nuts & Bolts – Reminder January 2019 Design Challenge

 

January is coming to an end!  If you resolved to try something new this year, now is your chance.  Just seven days left to submit your entry to the first design challenge of the year.
 
 
The theme is Pantone’s Color of the Year, Living Coral.  Look at all this great color inspiration on Pinterest
 
How easy is that?!  A color. Any design, occasion or category that you choose.  
 
Simply submit your card for review as usual and include a Note to Reviewer “this is for January’s design challenge”.  (Psst … since we’re getting close to the deadline go ahead and submit your design for Fast Track review and tell the reviewers Mindy said it’s ok).
 
NOTE: 
After your card is approved, 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 design challenge blog. We’ll forward your entry to the jury.

 

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

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