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Stock Card Creations – New GCU Service Soft Launch
Nov 22nd, 2013, 5:16pm
 
In partnership with Bigstock.com, GCU is excited to roll out a soft launch of a new feature - Stock Card Creations.  This targets card creators who are good with words and verse and/or have clever ideas but do not have access to high quality art / images.  
 
The intent is not to replace the creative artists in our community today but to open the same opportunity to new contributors, different types of contributors.  
 
Here are some highlights:
1. Access to millions of high-quality stock images licensed by GCU (no charge to card creators)
2. Simple interface to create cards
3. Standard earnings  (these cards are exempt from premium earnings and will not apply to meeting quarterly earnings thresholds)
4. GCU review process and Submission Guidelines apply however since images are “pre qualified” reviews will be much quicker
5. Cards must be marketable & serve less populated and niche categories on GCU.  GCU will decline cards deemed not marketable, considered “more of the same” and with little to no added value.  This will be very subjective.  Simply overlaying “Happy Birthday” over the image of a cake will not pass muster.
6. Cards automatically appear in Private gallery until reviewed
7. Approved cards are limited to this category: “Collections >> Off the Cuff”.  Over time top selling cards may be moved to their functional occasion based category
8. Card visibility relies on self promotion and search (search engines & onsite search) – cards will thrive or not by their metadata (title, keywords, artist notes, etc.)
9. GCU artists can participate within their existing store
 
See the landing page and complete FAQs here:
www.greetingcarduniverse.com/bigstock
 
Here is the reserved category (I have added a few of my own examples):
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings
 
Here’s how you can help:
1. Try it out by creating a few cards (please limit it to 5 cards)  – when logged into your artist account direct your browser to the landing page:  www.greetingcarduniverse.com/bigstock
2. Be patient!  This is still in testing phase so there are bumps and hiccups
3. Report any bugs or significant findings by posting on this thread
4. Supported on Firefox and Chrome.  It is not supported on Internet Explorer.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions and thank you in advance for those that give this a go.
 
** 11/23 Updates **
1. Inside text is defaulted (font, size, color, alignment) but can be edited after via Manage Cards
2. All elements of the card can be edited EXCEPT the image.  For image edits you'll need to re-create the card from scratch.
3. these cards will be set as "Card Front: Stock" vs Standard / Custom.  On Manage Cards you'll see on the left Search Cards we've added a By Card Front.
4. Image by "unknown" appears to be a bug, we will look into correcting this  
 
** 11/25 Update **
Creation temporarily disabled while we make some important fixes - please stay tuned.  We'll let you know when it's turned back on, thank you!
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Reply #1 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 6:14pm
 
Hello
 
This email has self destructed for being written by a rinky dink at 3am,
please move along as it is now a shell of it's former self
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Reply #2 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 6:27pm
 
Probably a stupid question, but is it okay to dismantle images and do what we want with them?
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Reply #3 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 6:44pm
 
The landing page does not work with Internet Explorer
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Reply #4 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 7:00pm
 
Quote from Sandra_137209 on Nov 22nd, 2013, 6:44pm:
The landing page does not work with Internet Explorer

 
Sandra,
 
Mindy's note says that it doesn't support IE.  Try Firefox, works fine.
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Reply #5 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 7:03pm
 
Fun, Mindy!  Nice idea and way to expand GCU's offerings Smiley
 
I made one for a needed category on the landing page.  
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/Firefighter- Birthday-Card-Humorous-Sexy-1191628?gcu=43045123714
 
I do have some questions/suggestions:
 
- I could not find any way to delete a text box if I decided I didn't need it and when you click start over, you literally have to go get an image again. So something in between would be nice Smiley
 
- I could not find a way to choose font size or alignment of text.  Did I miss something or is that not currently offered?
 
Edit:  Never mind, it just didn't work on the last card, but the option box did appear on the next card to change fonts and sizes Smiley
 
Here is #2: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/Jack-Russell -Terrier-Dog-Funny-Birthday-Card-1191630?gcu=43045123714
 
Very nice idea, I'll enjoy playing with this a bit  
 
Edit again: Okay, I have made my 5 - http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/SalonOfArt_private
 
The only addition I would add to the above is that it would be nice to be able to go back and edit after the card is in our private gallery. The 'biker chick' card, I would like the text to be up a bit more and I can't go back and fix it ... unless I'm missing something Smiley
 
Still think it's a wonderful idea Smiley
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Reply #6 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 8:14pm
 
I can't thank you enough for this!  I'm not a fabulous artist, but I do write verses well.  Smiley
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Reply #7 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 8:32pm
 
Wow, this is very interesting! Just got home from work and saw this post. Wish I could start creating right now but must go to sleep. Too tired to make sense of anything. Thanks Mindy for this awesome addition to GCU!
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Reply #8 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 8:51pm
 
One question
 
I made a card and is in my private cards now
 
How does it get reviewed if it is in my private cards?
 
heres the card I made
 
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/Merry-Christ mas-Santa-stuck-in-Chimney-card-1191660?aid=142840
 
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Reply #9 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 9:26pm
 
I should be in bed now, too, but did manage to make one card:
 
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/Unleash-Your -Potential-Encouragement-1191676?aid=179654
 
This is fun.
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Reply #10 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 10:04pm
 
Thank You Mindy and Staff.  
Love it ... great idea!
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Reply #11 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 10:29pm
 
I have dozens of pictures for sale on Big Stock, many of which I have used to make cards for sale. I am emailing Big Stock about what sort of licensing they are selling for these cards.
I am alarmed to think that my own pictures can be used to compete with the cards I have already made.
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Reply #12 - Nov 22nd, 2013, 11:48pm
 
So fun searching the images.  
 
With my extreme passion for working with fonts, > My Question:  
I guess we can not put the image into something like Adobe Illustrator and create visually fabulous text for the image ?  
 Smiley That's want I'd love to do.
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Reply #13 - Nov 23rd, 2013, 2:06am
 
Here is my (first) contribution on this idea.
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/collections/offthecuffgreetings/Mosquito-wit h-a-Personal-Message-1191756?aid=234320
 
The interface to create cards works easy and it is good for artists with no photo and/or drawing skills like Mindy said.  
I like new ideas however I have a question about the conflict with the rules of GCU and Bigstock.
These are all Royalty Free images and a standard Royalty Free license does permit to use images commercially, to promote a product or service but not to resale the image as it is for example on a poster or greeting card. So are these images licensed to do this?  
I have also, like Norma, accounts on different stock agencies and I also do not want to compete against my own pictures. undecided
On the GCU site, I learned that you may not use a picture from someone else but you have to derivate it and give credit to the original artist. Not to put just a text on it.
 
Bottom line: I like new ideas like this but I am an artist who creates his own images and verses and have some questions.  lips sealed
 
I'm sure these questions will be answered so GCU congratulations with your idea and thanks for creating new ways to distribute our art.
 
Jan
 
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Reply #14 - Nov 23rd, 2013, 3:46am
 
Hello
 
Ah such fun, now I am awake I get it  
 
Although text problems for me, I made the first card it wen't super easy
so decide on a roll go for the next one, unfortunately everything worked good
except, I could not change fonts etc, it seemed to have jammed it allowed me to
make text but only move it around.
 
 
Hope this is helpefull
 
And my 5 are da da daaaaa
 
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/moonlakedesigns_private
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