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Rainbow Connection: Blue is The Coolest Color

April 9, 2019

 

Blue is the coolest color – the color of the sky, ocean, sleep, twilight. The ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuli to represent heaven. Blue symbolizes the Virgin Mary. A pure blue is the color of inspiration, sincerity and spirituality. Blue is often the chosen color by conservative people. Blue is the calming color. That makes it a wonderful color to use in the home, especially for babies. Blue is so soothing that is a good choice for pajamas. Dark blue is the color of truth and moderation. A blue iris means your friendship is very important to me. Wednesday’s color is blue. Blue gemstones to wear to feel calm are blue sapphire and blue topaz. Lapis lazuli and azurite are said to heighten psychic power.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Stacia Gorge.

April 5, 2019

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Nuts & Bolts – Artist Interview Stacia Gorge

 

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.


Here is October 2018 Design Challenge winner’s, Stacia Gorge of Good Things by Gorge, interview.

 

Congratulations to Stacia on her winning card.


Note: Read about the other rewards and the two new rewards for 2019, in addition to bragging rights, of being a Design Challenge winner.

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Joyeuses Fêtes.

April 4, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Joyeuses Fêtes

 

GCU allows for variations in terminology and greetings to meet different shoppers’ needs.  For example, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings are very common variations in English.

 

In French, apparently there are similar variations.  See this request from a shopper for French Christmas cards:
“French holiday card options. I see that most of the French options say Joyeux Noel on the front of the card. Can we have some cards with Joyeuses Fêtes?”
These cards will be found here:

 

Please be sure to use care when using foreign characters in the inside verse that may note be supported, see here:

 

And it’s important to add an English translation in the Artist’s Notes.

Freebie Wednesday: Falling Star Font Duo.

April 3, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Falling Star Duo Font is a script font stunning and comprehensive font duo, perfect for giving your projects a branded but friendly feel and it’s free at Creative Fabrica for another 5 days so you better make sure you don’t miss out!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Moodboards II

April 2, 2019
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Find inspiration by browsing through these lovely moodboards at Seed; inspired by Design Seeds Color Palletes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dash of Inspiration: April 2019 Design Challenge

April 1, 2019
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Thank you all for your kind thoughts last month. As the judges get ready to vote on the March entries, we’ll take off with April’s Design Challenge …

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Theme: Graduation Season

Requirements:

  • Create a brand new design, within these categories. There are many sub-categories with 10 or less cards. Choose any one of these: Grad / Graduate School – Associate Degree – Trade / Vocational / Career School and Medical / Healthcare
  • 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: Tuesday, April 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:

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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: April 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.
  • NEW! – A Design Challenge GCU digital award!

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.
  • NEW! – A Design Challenge GCU digital award!

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Tips:

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

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Be inspired to create and learn something new!

Nuts and Bolts: Dedicate Yourself to the Details VII

March 29, 2019

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Nuts & Bolts – Dedicate Yourself to the Details VII

 

It is often the little details that escape the artist’s eye. It is always a good idea to step away from a design that you have been meticulously working on or ask a housemate to give it a once over.  The review team is certainly a fresh set of eyes and often catches tiny fixes or areas of improvement.  GCU is grateful for artists open to work with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.

 

Reviewer’s Request for Edits:
This is a lovely image. A nit pick detail that we would for you to take another look at is the large leaf that overlays the boy on the left. It does not seem the best placement. Thank you for any consideration.   
 
Original Image:

 

Resulting Image:

Thank you to GCU artist, Cisillia Tay, for her quick edits and collaborating with our review team to create a submission that “leaves” an A+ impression!

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

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