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Dash of Inspiration: JUNE 2022 STOCK Design Challenge

June 1, 2022

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What’s life without a little humor? So let’s lighten the spirits this month, shall we?

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Theme: Doctor Humor

Requirements:

  • Choose a doctor related image and pair it with your sense of HUMOR to create a message for ANY suitable category.
  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with this will be extremely important in this challenge.
  • The judges will be looking for professional quality text layout, typography placement and font combinations in addition to a unique and captivating message that tells the story of the stock image you choose. Your added value needs to wow the judges!

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Entry Deadline: Thursday, June 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.

NOTE: Submissions will appear immediately in your Private gallery as they await review.  If approved, the reviewer will move them to the public gallery – they will then become ‘live’ in the marketplace within 24-hours or so just like regular submissions. Be patient and wait.

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Category:

Any category that fits your message and idea. It can be FOR a doctor or simply doctor humor such as my example card below.

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Rules:

  • Submission must meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and be Approved through the usual Review Cycle. Big Stock creations are automatically identified as Fast Track – please add in the Notes to Reviewer: June 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.
  • Big Stock Card Creations ONLY will be accepted.
  • Your designs should differ from those already offered in the categories above to offer shoppers a variety of choices, not more of the same.
  • No BLANK cards will be accepted.

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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. Your overall ‘added value’ determines this.

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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:

  • Visit all the available tips, tricks and guidelines offered on the Big Stock Creation blog page!
  • You can use this link to get a listing of all doctor categories available on GCU:

https://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/shopping/cb.asp?keyword=doctor

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

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by Doreen Erhardt – Exclusive Creations

Freebie Wednesday: Summer Graphic Collection.

June 1, 2022

 

Summer Graphic Collection!


This collection includes a complete set of trendy summer elements, patterns, phrases and cards for your project. It is going to be perfect for greeting cards, stationery, posters and stickers, wrapping paper, textile and so much more! All graphics come in EPS, PNG & JPEG formats.


This adorable freebie is brought to you by Ekaterina Kiriy! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

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This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Tammy Moody

May 27, 2022
 
Nuts & Bolts – Artist Interview Tammy Moody
 

One of the many perks of being a GCU Design Challenge winner is an interview.  These mini-interviews are fun reads and a peek into the makings of the winning card.


Better late than never, here we share August 2021 Design Challenge winner, Tammy Moody, interview.

Congratulations to Tammy on her winning design.

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A great pairing of image, verse and occasion!
 
Only one week remaining to enter May’s Stock Card only Design Challenge themed BABY! Submit your entries by Tuesday, June 31st. 


The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: Congratulations School Play Performance.

May 26, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Congratulations School Play Performance

 

Bravo!  Please consider creating cards for the request from a shopper below.

“good job acting in the school play (to my grandson who did a great job acting in his school play)”

The shopper will find these cards here:

Occasions >> Congratulations >> Recital / Performance >> School Play

 
Consider general designs for any school play actor, or relationship specific (and custom front relationship specific) which for now will all go in the same category above. 

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: Tropical Summer Clipart.

May 25, 2022

 

FREE Tropical Summer Clipart

 

Here’s what you’ll get in this awesome freebie:

  • 40 Floral elements (PNG Format)
  • 10 Floral arrangements (PNG Format)
  • 8 Wreaths (PNG Format)
  • 6 Frames (PNG Format)
  • 2 Floral drops (PNG Format)
  • 2 Border arrangements (PNG Format)
  • 2 Premade Summer cliparts (PNG Format)
  • 5 Patterns (JPEG Format)

This lovely freebie is brought to you by Shark & Croc co.! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

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Nuts and Bolts: Farewell Papyrus

May 20, 2022
 
Nuts & Bolts – Farewell Papyrus
 

It’s taken a while but it’s finally gone!  Papyrus is no longer a font choice for artists (or shoppers) for inside verses on GCU.  
 
The last step will be removing Papyrus from the Stock Card Creations inside verse as well as Custom Front card text font choices.
 
 
The return of existing cards using Papyrus in the inside verse is still underway.  Thank you to the artists that have already edited and resubmitted these returned for edits cards. 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: 4.0 GPA Congratulations

May 19, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – 4.0 GPA Congratulations

 

GCU has a great collection of cards for good grades and straight As, but let’s add some cards for more mature (high school and college age) students and specifically for 4.0 GPA.

These cards should go here:

Occasions >> Congratulations >> Academic Achievement / Performance >> Straight As / 4.0 GPA 

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: Celestial & Mythical SVG Bundle

May 18, 2022

FREE Celestial & Mythical SVG Bundle!

All designs are hand drawn so you can be sure you are receiving unique and original designs!

This Bundle is built from illustrations of the Sun and Moon as well moon phases and tarot cards. It comes in SVG, DXF, AI, EPS, PNG & JPEG formats.

This great freebie is brought to you by Skillyas std Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for another 6 Days.

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Wanted New Cards: Adult High School Graduate.

May 12, 2022
 

Wanted Cards – Adult High School Graduate


May through June brings the traditional end of year graduation ceremonies.  We think of the pomp and circumstance of the events as well as the pride of the students and their families.  One type of high school graduate that we don’t think of is an adult high school graduate.  There are many reasons someone may not have finished high school as a teen.  The opportunity for them to attend an adult school and attain their high school diploma can be even more challenging yet filled with great pride of accomplishment. 

Please consider creating new cards for adult high school graduations and be sure to address the unique challenges and accomplishments of a returning / adult student. 


These cards will go here:

Occasions >> Congratulations >> Graduation >> Grade Level Specific >> High School > Adult High School Graduate


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: Boho Floral Collection.

May 11, 2022

Free Boho Floral Collection!

This pack consists of 40 individual floral elements and 10 bouquet compositions perfect for your floral themed projects! All files come in PNG and JPEG formats!

This wonderful freebie is brought to you by DesignECShop! 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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