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Rainbow Connection: BHG Color Palettes.

October 8, 2019

 

I love the composition of these color palettes I found on Pinterest. Source is Better Homes and Gardens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nuts and Bolts: World Card Making Day

October 4, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – World Card Making Day

 

There sure seems to be a day for everything.  And this day is for YOU!  Celebrated on the first Saturday in October it’s World Card Making Day. This year on Saturday, October 5th.

 

Share a photo of one of your cards on Instagram. Maybe your favorite card or one you’re currently obsessed with or one that captures your current mood.


Post it to your Instagram account to celebrate World Card Making Day and be sure to tag us @GreetingCardUniverse and use the hashtags:

#WCMD2019   #WCMD   #WORLDCARDMAKINGDAY  #ANYCARDIMAGINABLE

Celebrate card making, celebrate your craft and show off your cards!

Tip: be sure to follow GCU on Instagram. See what GCU is posting – it just might be one of YOUR cards! 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy

GCU Community Manager

Wanted New Cards: New Vehicle / Car Congrats.

October 3, 2019

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Wanted Cards – New Vehicle / Car Congrats 

 

Getting a new vehicle is very exciting – a truck, RV, ATV, car or even a vehicle without wheels like a boat.
Please consider creating cards for these subcategories in need of cards:

 

 

>> ATV / Quad
>> Bike / Bicycle
>> Boat
>> Houseboat
>> RV
>> Tractor
>> Truck

 

AND consider creating NEW submissions for this category in need of a refresh:

Freebie Wednesday: Free Bujole Font.

October 2, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

The Hungry JPEG has a very sweet freebie this week.  Bujole – a 3 style vintage font from VladChristea comes in 3 different styles: Condensed, Rough and Distorted. Available for one week only, so don’t miss out!

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge OCTOBER 2019

October 1, 2019

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Thanks everyone for participating in last months Hand in Hand challenge. This month we’re back to a fun stock card challenge.

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Theme: Boys will be Boys

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that ties the imagery of choice  with the category choice and challenge theme  – 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, 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: Any which suits your message, recipient and imagery.

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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 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).
  • The winning card will be added to the Greeting Card Universe Design Challenge Winners Pinterest Board – currently GCU’s Pinterest Page followers: 4K!
  • 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!
  • 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).
  • 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:

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

Rainbow Connection: Color by the Foot.

October 1, 2019

 

Color me confused. I’m an avid reader and love a book for what’s inside. But at Chairish they provide for the crowd that does not care what kind of book they have on their shelves, as long as the cover goes with their interior design. You can buy used books by the foot, all color coordinated. I kid you not!

 

Like the coral classic mixed book set:

or modern daffodil:

or a foot of modern canyon perhaps:

or palm:

driftwood:

or how about Americana:

 

If you want to see more I suggest this Pinterest page to start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Teri Francis Squirrel Hugger Greetings.

September 27, 2019

Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Teri Francis Squirrel Hugger Greetings.
 
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.

 

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
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