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Wanted New Cards: Coronavirus / COVID-19

March 19, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Coronavirus / COVID-19

 

First we would like to send a message of support and concern to all of our artists to be safe and healthy. We find having an entire artist community of mobile workers and online shoppers comforting in a time of chaos.  GCU HQ employees are working remotely.  And as of today, our printing partners are still in production. Of course, conditions can change from one day to the next.

Not to make light of a very serious situation, but levity goes a long way in easing anxiety, stress, and worry.  This may also be a good creative outlet for artists to express your support, perspective, compassion, frustrations, humor, etc.

An interesting read:
https://www.wired.com/story/coronavirus-memes-humor/

We’d like to put a call out for any cards that are Coronavirus themed.  They all should reside here that will serve as a catch-all category.  Shoppers will find them via search so your keywords and titles will be key:
Collections >> Health Awareness >> Coronavirus / COVID 19

Consider occasions like Get Well, Miss You, Thinking of You, Birthday, Anniversary, hygiene awareness, quarantine, social distancing, TP shortage … you name it.

Please use good taste, submissions found to be offensive or racist will not be approved.  
Submit these cards for FastTrack review. We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using your own graphic designs or Stock Card Creations.  Be sure to leave a note in the Note to Reviewers like “requested on the blog”.


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 colorful, be clever, be creative. 

Thank you, stay safe and healthy! 

Freebie Wednesday: Samellya Font.

March 18, 2020
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Samellya Font (by Mas Anis) is a font created specifically for crafters. This stunning font allows you to create gorgeous designs. With all its swashes and alternates, its the perfect font to use over and over for each design project. It’s free at Creative Fabrica for the next 5 days so be sure to check it out.

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Rainbow Connection: Chinese Porcelain.

March 18, 2020

 

I’m sharing some the beautiful ways to incorporate PPG 2020 Color of the Year in a design, which is a stunning rich blue called Chinese Porcelain.

 

 

Nuts and Bolts: How to Become a Star Submitter

March 13, 2020

Nuts & Bolts – How to Become a Star Submitter

 

Artists who have earned the coveted Star Submitter status enjoy the benefits of expedited review – automatically Fast Tracked for all submissions.

 

How to become a Star Submitter?

 

1, Pay attention to detail
2. Learn and stay up to date on the rules & procedures
3. Be patient
4. Be Consistent
5. Work WITH the Reviewers

 

Read more about Star Submitter status here.

 

TIP: Know and keep these references at the ready:  Card Submission 101 and Submission Guidelines.  Additionally, keep up to date on the forum and Community blog for new news and changes.

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager

 

Wanted New Cards: Birthday My Twin Age Specific

March 12, 2020

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Wanted Cards – Birthday My Twin Age Specific

 

GCU has some wonderful and unique birthday cards for My Twin, including cards for my twin brother, and my twin sister.

 

We would like to offer shoppers more choices in age specific designs.  Please consider creating age specific designs for My Twin, My Twin Sister and My Twin Brother.
Additionally, consider creating custom front designs that allows the shopper to customize the age.
These cards will go here accordingly:

 

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We’d like you to create at least one card for these categories using your own graphic designs or Stock Card Creations.  Be sure to leave a note in the Note to Reviewers like “requested on the blog”.

 

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 colorful, be clever, be creative. Good luck!

 

Freebie Wednesday: Hygge elements.

March 11, 2020

Freebie Wednesday:

 

Let’s Hygge? Meet cute hygge illustrations for your cozy designs 🙂 This beautiful freebie is brought to you by Inspiration Design . Available on The Hungry Jpeg for free for the next 6 days, so don’t miss out!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Nuts & Bolts – Vehicle Trade Dress Edits

March 6, 2020

Nuts & Bolts – Vehicle Trade Dress Edits
 
One of the many things that card reviewers look for is Intellectual Property.  One piece of IP is trademarks.  In particular, vehicles like cars, motorcycles and others.  Not only can the make and model names not be used in card metadata, but also defining emblems, body lines, and telltale shapes. This falls into the legal protection of Trade Dress.

 

GCU has set the guide for vehicles that are not considered “antiques’ (read 1920s and 1930s) to be rendered generic, partial, and/or abstract in nature.

 

Here is an excellent recent example of artist, Alda Monteschio of Heart Tugs, modifying what originally looked to be a VW Bus to a more generic vehicle which passes review.

 

Original Card:

 

Reviewer request:
MARKETABILITY – Intellectual Property – Volkswagen
See the GCU Blog for explanation & examples:
https://gcucommunity.com/2013/09/23/dash-of-inspiration-intellectual-property/

 

Elements of this image infringe on copyrighted, trademarked and licensed materials. Specifically, cards that contain references to or images of Volkswagen vehicles cannot be sold on Greeting Card Universe. This includes the manufacturer’s trade dress rights which bars the use of any silhouette, picture, caricature, or reproduction of the shape or appearance of the manufacturer’s vehicle.Car image cards must be abstract or partial in nature so even the defining body lines and profile can not be identified. This is due to Trade Dress laws. Antique/Vintage cars of the 20s and 30s will be considered with a softer eye ie: Model-T but still must not contain any logos, emblems, make & model names.

Note: The split windshield was an identifiable feature of the VW van. Please remove that feature.  Additionally, the text is too soft to print well as it lacks clarity. Please adjust.

 

Resulting Card:

 

Thank you, Alda for the great edits resulting in a card that is ready to take the high road!

 

The difference is made in the details!

 

Mindy
GCU Community Manager
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