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Rainbow Connection: 2022 Color Schemes

October 5, 2021

 

I’ve got some fresh color schemes for 2022 for you this week:

ICE+CRYSTALS-FW22-SITE

DITSY+DARLING-FW22-site

GREEN+ADVENTURINE-FW22-SITE

PAPAYA+PUNCH-FW22-SITE

LEMON+TREE-FW22-SITE

TEQUILA+SUNRISE-FW22-SITE

Dash of Inspiration: OCTOBER 2021 STOCK Design Challenge

October 1, 2021

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Here we are again, approaching the end of another year and the last Stock Card Challenge of the year, so make it good and make it fun!

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Theme: Chinese New Year 2022 – Year of the Tiger

Requirements:

  • Year of the Tiger specific Chinese New Year designs only.
  • 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: Sunday, October 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:

Choose from: Holidays > Chinese New Year Cards > 2022 / Year of the Tiger

Any of the subcategories or general category is accepted.

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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: October 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 2021!

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 2021!

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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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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

Nuts and Bolts: Custom Card Requests, Holiday Ready?

October 1, 2021

 
Nuts & Bolts – Custom Card Requests, Holiday Ready?
 
 
The holidays will be here sooner than we realize!  Shoppers are beginning to look for that perfect holiday card.  Custom card requests are on the rise.  Are you ready?
 
Please be sure to check your Manage Custom Requests tool for requests.  Put it on your daily to do list, or even set an alarm.  Otherwise you may be missing out on sales opportunities.
 
We are seeing holiday card custom requests coming in and they are typically for larger quantities: 150, 250, 500, etc.  Opportunities you do not want to miss!
 
See these Custom Card Request blog postings for more info and tips.
 
Here are some recent custom requests for GCU artist Isidra Sabio:
 
 
 
Shopper requests respectively:
Hi. Your card is very beautiful! I was wondering if you can make her hair longer– shoulder length?? Thanks so much!
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Hi. Your cards are very beautiful! I was wondering if you can make her skin just a little lighter. Caramel color. Thanks
 

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Thank you, Isidra, for working your magic and delighting the shopper!
 
NOTE: GCU encouraged meaningful design variations that address details like gender, skin tone, hair color, etc. See here:
 
Tip: Remember custom requested cards can be set for FastTrack review.  Just leave the reviewer a little note like “for a shopper’s request”.
 

The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: Welcome to the Family

September 30, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Welcome to the Family

These categories are in need of cards:

Occasions >> Welcome to the Family >> Great Grandson

Occasions >> Welcome to the Family >> Great Granddaughter 

Also consider designs that are not limited to infants / babies. There are many reasons why someone may be welcomed into the family, not just at birth.


Be sure to fortify your meta-data to reflect age range, see here for tips:

https://gcucommunity.com/2018/03/30/nuts-and-bolts-fortifying-meta-data-age-range/

Also consider Welcome to the Family cards for these relations:

>> Brother in Law

>> Brother in Law to be

>> Sister in Law

>> Sister in Law to be

>> Son in Law 

>> Son in Law to be

>> Nephew 

>> Step Brother

>> Step Dad

>> Step Son

>> Step Daughter

>> Step Mom

>> Step Sister

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 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: Christmas Deer Silhouettes

September 29, 2021
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These Christmas deer can be used as stickers, magnets, cut outs and turned into decorations, used as figured cards, decorative elements and many more! The sky is the limit! All items come in PNG format.

This festive freebie is brought to you by Svetlana! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week! 

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This product comes with a commercial license.

Trendy Tuesday: Celestial.

September 28, 2021
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Celestial is the theme to explore this week. Fall 2022 draws on celestial magic and spirituality. From stars and planetary constellations to mystical signs and symbols.

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Celestial jewellery and why it is so popular right now.

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Etsy has a lot of celestial inspiration on offer.

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The Celestial Trend: For Out-of-this-World Interiors.

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Soumya Designs has some beautiful Celestial Wedding Invitations.

 

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22 Celestial Wedding Ideas at Yeah Weddings

 

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I hope this will leave you with plenty of helpful ideas for your next designs.

Nuts and Bolts: September Design Challenge Deadline

September 24, 2021

 

Nuts & Bolts – September Design Challenge Deadline

 

September’s Design Challenge deadline is soon! Submissions are due Thursday, September 30th.

Theme: Western Christmas

Create a brand new design for a Western themed Christmas.  

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The difference is made in the details!

Mindy


GCU Community Manager


Wanted New Cards: Friendsgiving for Neighbors

September 23, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Friendsgiving for Neighbor

Let’s all be hopeful, but Thanksgiving this year may still look a little different.  People may be reluctant to travel and gather indoors.  For those of us who have leaned on our neighbors for help and support, a friendly greeting on Friendsgiving is likely to be well received. 

Consider creating cards for neighbor(s) to wish them a happy thanksgiving.

These cards should go here:

Holidays >> Friendsgiving >> For Neighbor 

Additionally, please consider designs for a socially distanced Thanksgiving invitation – be it via zoom or outside on the driveway or other al fresco venue.

These cards should go here:

Invitations >> Thanksgiving >> Socially Distanced Thanksgiving

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 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: 12 Christmas Wreaths

September 22, 2021
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It’s never too early to start preparing for your Christmas designs! 12 different types of Christmas wreaths design all for your choosing! All items come in JPEG, PNG, and EPS formats!

This festive freebie is brought to you by Miu Miu Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week! 

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This product comes with a commercial license.

Trendy Tuesday: Farmhouse.

September 21, 2021
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Farmhouse style is stronger than ever. The nature elements of country chique are timeless. Farmhouse Living explores what’s happening at the moment.

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In Farmhouse neutral colors is the key word.

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A quick search for Farmhouse fonts leaves you spiled for choice. Like The Hungry Jpeg.

 

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Also try the other big font sites like dafont, Font Space, 1001 fonts, and MyFonts.

 

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A nice free selection of Shiplap stock photos can be found at Unsplash.

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And last, 40 Farmhouse Home Decor Ideas from Everyday Wholesome.

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I hope this will leave you with plenty of helpful hints for your next designs.

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