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Nuts and Bolts: Inside Verse Font Size.

August 9, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – Inside Verse Font Size

 

There are many things to consider when deciding what font size to use for your inside verse.  Here are two important considerations that may not have come to mind.

 

Age of Recipient – consider the age of your recipient(s). If it’s for an elderly birthday (100 years old) or anniversary (50th wedding anniversary), consider a larger font size to aid with legibility. You can even note this as an added feature in the Artist Notes section like “large font size in inside verse for easy reading”.  CAPS can be a bonus here too. 
 
size 16 (Snell Roundhand) too small and wispy:
size 18 (BibleScpt) legibility increased:
size 10 (Avant Garde) a little small:
size 14 (Avant Garde) clear and bold:
Length of Inside Verse – if your inside verse is short and sweet it may look somewhat lost on the inside of the card. Especially if it is a one liner. Consider using a larger font size to add balance and presence.

 

size 12 (Avant Garde):
size 18 (Avant Garde):
Please note some fonts styles are too small to be used under a certain size:

 

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy

GCU Community Manager
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Wanted New Cards: Missing You on our Anniversary.

August 8, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Missing You on our Anniversary 
 
A picture perfect wedding anniversary is a couple together enjoying a day filled with favorites or a romantic evening.  But it doesn’t always happen that way for one of a host of reasons – deployment, incarceration, work schedules, etc.
Please consider create cards for these subcategories in need:
>> General Missing You on Our Anniversary
>> For Deployed Spouse
>> From Deployed Spouse
>> For Incarcerated Spouse
>> From Incarcerated Spouse
>> Other Missing You on Our Anniversary

Freebie Wednesday: Coiner Label Font.

August 7, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

The Hungry JPEG has a lovely free font on offer. Coiner Label Font by Vozzy is available for 6 days only, so don’t miss out!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Seeds Classics

August 6, 2019
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Design Seeds celebrates their 10th Anniversary with a Classic Palettes series:

 

Nuts and Bolts: Stock Card Creations Unmatched Image.

August 2, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – Stock Card Creations Unmatched Image

 

As I continue to update some of my own Stock Card Creation cards that had unmatched images, I’d like to share some before and after images.

 

Don’t be discouraged if at first you do not find a near identical image. If you explore enough and try different search terms you will find an image that will work and may even be a breath of fresh air.
NOTE: A few tips to make things easier:

 

– After updating the image and card you are brought back to the Manage Cards page, often not to the card you were working on.  Beforehand, simply write down or paste on a notepad the pid# of the card you’re working on and if you are not brought right back to it in Manage Cards enter the pid# in the “Find Specific Cards by: Product ID” box on the left. This brings you to the card to click the all important orange RESUBMIT button.


– If the stock image you choose is a different orientation than the original image that’s ok.  One little oddity is the inside verse image will show in the old orientation.  Use the orange button “Save and Edit Inside Verse” to correct this, simply click on the inside text image box (as if you’re going to edit the text) and click the orange button “Save” and it will correct itself.

– When updating a series and using the same new stock image, be sure to note the new stock image id.  When updating the image for the balance of the series simply enter this stock image id into the search box to locate the image quickly vs search terms and re-searching for the desired image.

 

– Lastly, I add the following comment at the end of my Notes to Reviewer “updated with new stock image”.

 

Please see this prior post on Unmatched Image Card Tips

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy

GCU Community Manager

Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge AUGUST 2019

August 1, 2019

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Guess what, designers? The holiday season is quickly approaching, so while we await the winners of last month’s challenge, let’s create some fun new cards for the most festive time of year!

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Theme: Industry Specific Business Holiday

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that ties the industry of choice concept with the image you choose and category choice  – 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: Saturday, August 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 SPECIFIC CHALLENGE:  Business > Christmas Cards > Industry Specific

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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: AUGUST 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!

by Doreen Erhardt and Exclusive Creations

Wanted New Cards: Pediatric Heart Surgery.

August 1, 2019

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Wanted Cards – Pediatric Heart Surgery

 

GCU offers an awesome collection of over 60 different get well cards for Heart Surgery.  We have added a new subcategory for Pediatric Heart Surgery, offering designs and message more suited to a young child and their family.

Occasions >> Get Well >> Heart Surgery >> Pediatric Heart Surgery

Consider designs for a range of ages – newborns, toddlers, young teens and, adolescence both male and female.

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