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Nuts and Bolts: Dedicate Yourself to the Details.

June 7, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – Dedicate Yourself to the Details

 

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 brutally honest companion 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 who are open to collaborating with the reviewers on minor adjustments that make a big difference.

 

Reviewer’s Request for Edits:
Please remove the frame.  Please remove the flare in the upper right side as this may be perceived as a print error.  Please choose a different font style as Scriptina font has kerning issues especially with the word sympathy.  Please clone out the blurry stem on the left side as it distracts from the delicate flower. 
 
Original Image:

Resulting Image:

Thank you to GCU artist, Melinda Pritzel of Yowzers, for her adept edits and collaborating with our review team to create a WOW submission.

The difference is made in the details!
Mindy
GCU Community Manager
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Freebie Wednesday: Daily Freebies.

June 5, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday: Daily Freebies.

 

The Hungry Jpeg celebrates the whole month of June with a new freebie every day! What a great chance to score some fabulous designs. All freebies stay available during this month so don’t miss it!

 

 

This product comes with a complete commercial license.

 

Dash of Inspiration: Big Stock ONLY Design Challenge JUNE 2019

June 1, 2019

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Stock Card Challenges are back!  Over the years I’ve always been intrigued and fascinated by Steampunk images – but – I never knew anything about this genre, therefore never attempted to create artwork representative of this science fiction/fantasy world. What better way to explore than a stock card challenge?

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Theme: Steampunk

Requirements:

  • ONLY Big Stock cards will be accepted in this challenge.
  • Write your own verse, be creative with a message that ties the steampunk concept, image you choose,  and the category together  – 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: Sunday, June 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.

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:  Steampunk Birthday

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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: JUNE 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:

Doreen Erhardt©

Nuts and Bolts: Artist Interview Cathie Richardson.

May 31, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – Artist Interview Cathie Richardson


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.

 

Congratulations to Cathie 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

 

Rainbow Connection: A Nature Walk

May 30, 2019
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Colorpalette got some pretty color inspiration for us this week:

 

 

Freebie Wednesday: Jungle

May 29, 2019
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Freebie Wednesday:

 

Jungle is a funky handmade font designed for cards, t-shirt design, logos, quotes design, kids books. A decorative typeface that will bring you the positive vibes out of a tropical feeling. Jungle comes with uppercase, lowercase, basic characters, standard numbers, and punctuation. It’s free at The Hungry Jpeg for another 6 days so you better make sure you don’t miss out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nuts and Bolts: Stock Card Creations Unmatched Image.

May 24, 2019

Nuts & Bolts – Stock Card Creations Unmatched Image

Updating 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 couple of tips I found 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.

 

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

 

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