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Wanted New Cards: Bikini Day / July 5

July 6, 2017

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Wanted Cards – Bikini Day / July 5
 
Celebrating this skimpy two-piece swimsuit phenomenon, Bikini Day is celebrated on July 5, 1946 originally as a result of World War II fabric rationing.

Please consider creating some cards for this day.

Holidays >> National / International Days >> Bikini Day / July 5

 

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

Remember, when you’re submitting your new card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers. Be inventive,  be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge July 2017

July 3, 2017

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This will be our 2nd Big Stock ONLY challenge to keep things interesting and to keep the GCU artist community interested in learning to master this wonderful design outlet. While the winner of June’s challenge is being tallied – and please bear with us, between the holiday and vacation schedules of the judging team, we are slower than usual around here – let’s get started on this new journey of inspiration!

Before we get to the specifics of this month’s challenge, please note that we have added a Big Stock Creations page on the GCU Community Blog, snuggled right next to the Artist Resources, where we’ve collected all the great tips and tricks from blog posts, so that you may read up on using this creative tool – and – it’s HIGHLY recommended that you do exactly that!

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Theme: Oh Baby!

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Human BABY or BABIES must be the visual focus in the stock image you choose. So enjoy the thousands of ADORABLE baby stock to choose from and create something touching or humorous. Animal lovers, don’t worry, we’ll do baby animals at some time too. 🙂
  • Write your own verse/message, be creative. Find an image that speaks to you.
  • 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: Monday, July 31st

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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: Research the category you intend to submit to before creating your card to make sure what you have in mind is different that what is currently being offered and is as good as if not better than current cards in the category. With that said, any category is accepted for this challenge as long as your card is a strong contender.

Note: Utilize the Notes to Reviewer field to include any helpful notes to the reviewer AND to indicate your intended category since you cannot select a category during submission.

Tip: Choose and work with an image that you feel a) fits with your vision and b) will meet GCU’s Submission Guidelines and c) is as good as or better than what’s being offered in the category of submission.

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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: 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.
  • 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 46,000 followers, now THAT’S exposure!
  • The winning card will be Design of the Day following the announcement of the winners (within 48-hours).
  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 2K!
  • 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!

2nd Place:

  • Your submission will be Design of the Day the following week of announcing the Challenge winners (within 7-days).
  • 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!

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Tips:

Visit all the available tips, tricks and guidelines offered on the Big Stock Creation blog page!

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Nuts and Bolts: Miss California United States 2017

June 30, 2017

Nuts & Bolts – Miss California United States 2017

 

GCU is always looking for fun and fruitful co-marketing ideas as different ways to get the word out about GCU and our amazing community of artists.

 

GCU is pleased to sponsor Miss California United States 2017, Elizabeth J. Cron.  Elizabeth is competing in the Miss United States pageant on 7/1.
She will be extending friendship bags to her fellow division contestants including a special greeting card from guess who?  GCU!
 

 

Congratulations to GCU artist, Simply Put by Robin, whose card was chosen as Elizabeth’s special friendship card!
Elizabeth has already shared a heartfelt thank you to GCU on Twitter:

If you are interested in learning more about Elizabeth and supporting or following her road to Miss United States 2017 follow her on Instagram @misscaliforniaus and @elizabethjcron

 

We wish Elizabeth a big and beautiful good luck!

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Thank You Transplant Team

June 29, 2017

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Wanted Cards: Thank You Transplant Team

 

Thankful is an understatement when someone has received an organ or tissue transplant. It is truly the gift of life. So many individuals to thank like the transplant surgeon, transplant coordinator, transplant physician, dietitian, social worker, financial planner, floor nurse and surgical staff. Create thank you cards for to the amazing and capable organ or tissue transplant team with heartfelt thanks for doing an amazing job filled with TLC.

 

This new category is in need of cards which can be general or organ / tissue specific:
There are still organ / tissue specific sub-categories in need of cards as well.

 

 

Please keep in mind that often the donor is deceased and the thank you is going to a grieving family.  In some cases the thanks are for a living donor.  Please do your research and design accordingly with sensitivity, care and compassion.

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

Remember, when you’re submitting your new card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers. Be inventive,  be clever, be creative. Go for it!

Font Frenzy: Fun Summer Pineapple Pack

June 28, 2017

The Hungry Jpeg has a fantastic fun freebee for you this summer!
 


Pineapple Pack is a unique and super colourful pack of 5 different pineapple cliparts (PNG) by Free Pretty Things for You  and comes with a complete Commercial License.

 

Nuts and Bolts: New Printing Partner on Board

June 23, 2017

Nuts & Bolts – New Printing Partner on Board

 

GCU is always looking for ways to improve our products and services. High quality, unique greeting cards that are affordable, easy and quick.  Most recently we have been working on an element of the “quick” part of that proposition.

 

Currently GCU has two printing & mailing partners – one in Northern California and one in the UK. In an effort to improve delivery times to the East Coast, GCU is excited to announce a third printing & mailing partner.  After over a year of programming and testing, our East Coast printing partner is ready. This means card orders will get to East Coast destinations faster!  Instead of the 4 – 9 business days from ship date typically coming from the West to the East they will now enjoy a 2 – 4 business days from ship date delivery window.

 

For shoppers who do not plan ahead and prefer not to use the in-store pickup option or pay for expedited shipping, this makes the difference between getting the card in time or not.

 

We have worked closely with the new partner and scrutinized every element forwards and backwards, inside and out. There are a few very minor differences in the final product (packaging, card finish, etc.) of which only GCU staff can probably discriminate. We are confident that they are committed to deliver to the same level of quality and shopper & artist satisfaction as GCU.

 

This is a staged rollout with GCU switching over East Coast states one at a time.  As of 6/23/17 switched over states are:
– Connecticut
– Massachusetts
– New Jersey
– New York
– Pennsylvania
– Rhode Island
 

What do artists need to do?  Nothing!  However, if you are on the East Coast and notice any significant differences worth sharing please let us know!

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Summer Job

June 22, 2017

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Wanted Cards – Summer Job

 

GCU has congratulations cards for getting a new job, and even for a first job. As we speak many out of school kids are looking for that perfect summer job.

 

Think of all the typical summer jobs and maybe even reminisce with the memories of your own favorite (or not so favorite) summer job.
Please consider making cards for this new category:

 

Also consider leveraging designs for this related category and >> 1st Job.

 

Read about benefits and tips on leveraging designs

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

Remember, when you’re submitting your new card, add a little note about the intended category in your Notes to Reviewers. Be inventive,  be clever, be creative. Go for it!

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