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Freebie Wednesday: Free Love & Cupid Clipart Collection

December 29, 2021

Last chance to download the free Love & Cupid Clipart Collection – 12 Cupid illustrations, 26 love elements, seamless patterns and some really cute-looking postcards as a bonus.


All the files come in both PNG & vector EPS format, so you can use them with pretty much any software you want. And the included commercial license gives you the opportunity to use these elements for both your personal projects or for commercial purposes.






If you liked this freebie, be sure to check Shark & Croc’s store – it’s jam-packed with gorgeous products! Available on the Hungry Jpeg site only today so down’t miss out!

This product comes with a commercial license.

Nuts and Bolts: Year End Holidays Office Closure

December 24, 2021


Nuts & Bolts – Year End Holidays Office Closure

For your planning purposes, in observation of the Christmas and New Year holidays, GCU offices will be closed on the following days:

Friday 12/24 – closed
Friday 12/31 – closed

This includes our dedicated Card Review team members who will not be reviewing cards on either of those days / times.

ALSO our Card Review team members and GCU personnel will be taking some additional days off between the day before Christmas and January 3rd so staffing will be present but very light.
Thank you for your understanding & patience while we all enjoy the holidays!


From all of us at GCU, Happy Holidays and best wishes for a prosperous, healthy, and joyful 2022!

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Freebie Wednesday: The Creative $5 Bonanza Bundle

December 22, 2021
An almost freebie this week. But you don’t really want to miss this DesignCuts bundle for only $5
I mean, look at all this!

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Nuts and Bolts: Custom Card Requests, Be Holiday Ready

December 17, 2021
Nuts & Bolts – Custom Card Requests, Be Holiday Ready 
Custom design requests provide a wonderful opportunity to delight a shopper!  Some requests are a simple color or word change while others are more involved resulting in a new design altogether.
During the holiday season, shoppers are understandably choosy with their holiday card choices so GCU sees many custom requests during this time of year.  Holiday card sales are starting to round out but we’re still seeing custom design requests. 
A shopper’s request for GCU artist, Ramelle Richardson:
Instead of Happy New Year on the top can you print “Merry Christmas”
Thank you, Ramelle, for a quick and spot on design for the shopper.
Planning some downtime over the holidays or too busy to accept custom requests? Be sure to set shoppers expectations by having your Custom Request setting and message accurately reflect your availability.
Setting and message changes are via the Global Preferences page.
Please see this related posting for more about Custom Requests.
See this prior Custom Card Requests, Holiday Ready post for more tips.
* There can be up to a 24 hour delay in your updated message displaying on the site.
* Since there are often email deliver-ability issues it is wise to check the Manage Custom Request tool periodically to make sure you have not overlooked any requests.
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Wanted New Cards: Greek Life Executive Positions

December 16, 2021

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Wanted Cards – Greek Life Executive Positions
Consider creating congratulations cards for elected positions in greek life sorority and fraternity chapters. 
>> Fraternity Chapter President 
>> Fraternity Chapter Executive Board Position
>> Sorority Chapter President
>> Sorority Chapter Executive Board Position
As many of the panhellenic greek chapter names are trademarked, if you include a fictitious chapter or house name please do so in custom front text. 
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”.  


Be inventive, be clever, be creative. Go for it!


Freebie Wednesday: Free Floral Design Set.

December 15, 2021

FREE Floral Design Set!

These wonderful floral graphics are perfect for your every design! Check out what’s included:

  • 15 Floral design set elements (EPS & PNG Format)
  • 4 Seamless Patterns (JPG)
  • 6 Greeting card designs (EPS)
  • 9 Bonus sets (EPS & PNG)

Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week!

This beauty of a freebie is brought to you by Shark and Croc co.






This product comes with a commercial license.

Rainbow Connection: Pantone Color of the year 2022.

December 14, 2021

For Its 2022 Color of the Year, Pantone Has Invented a New Shade: a ‘Happy’ Periwinkle Blue. The new Very Peri is the “happiest and warmest of all the blue hues.” Pantone’s 2022 Color of the Year is Very Peri, a new shade of blue invented for the occasion.


Read more about the Pantone Color of 2022 on their site (click here).

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Explore the Meaning of the Color Periwinkle

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Check out GCU’s special Very Peri Pinterest Mood Board

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Pick a Color with Personality

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Nuts and Bolts: Holiday Photo Card Orientation

December 10, 2021
Nuts & Bolts – Holiday Photo Card Orientation
We have discussed card orientation before.  Offering the same card in both orientations (landscape and portrait), especially for a photo front card and holiday cards, is something to keep in mind to increase your chances for a sale.
Emphasizing here for holiday cards and shoppers’ photos:
Sometimes shoppers are looking for a card in a particular orientation.  This rings very true for holiday cards and especially photo cards. A shopper usually starts with the photo they want to use and then looks for the card design that fits. GCU also knows that some shoppers look for cards by orientation when they have a chosen photo they want to upload to the INSIDE of the card as well.  So in both of these cases the orientation of their photo dictates the card they will choose.  
Here are some great examples by GCU artist Mindy Piece offering a design in both orientations:
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Great job, Mindy, offering choices to holiday shoppers!
See prior posts here regarding card orientation:
TIP: if you are offering the same design in both orientations, be sure to include in your Artist’s Notes a note to shoppers so they are aware of their choices.  Like “This design is also offered in landscape orientation, please search for product id XXXXX”.
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Wanted New Cards: 1st / First Kwanzaa

December 9, 2021

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Wanted Cards – 1st First Kwanzaa 

This year Kwanzaa will be celebrated December 26th – January 1st.  There are many 1st Kwanzaa subcategories in need of cards.

These cards should go here accordingly:

Holidays >> Kwanzaa >> 1st / First Kwanzaa

>> General 1st Kwanzaa

>> As a Couple / Engaged

>> As a Couple / Newlyweds

>> As a Family / Parents

>> Baby’s 1st / First Kwanzaa (and relationship specific subcategories)

>> In Your New Home

>> Other




If you already have a popular Kwanzaa design, consider making 1st Kwanzaa specific variations for a like image series. Be sure to note in the Notes to Reviewer something like “this card is based on approved card pid#XXXXXX and I’d like to submit a 1st Kwanzaa series”.  


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: Free Nordic Christmas Seamless Patterns

December 8, 2021

Nordic Christmas Seamless Patterns!

These cozy winter themed seamless patterns are perfect for your wonderful winter/christmas themed designs! Style your heart out with these awesome patterns! Only available on the Hungry Jpeg site for a week!

This beauty of a freebie is brought to you by HappyWatercolorShop!







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