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Best of 2023 - Founders' Choice Awards

Best of 2023 With over 50,000 new cards submitted in 2023 by our talented community of artists, here are some card designs that have risen to the top to be recognized as GCU's Best of 2023. As always, the selection process is far from easy.

Enlisting a combination of popularity, sales, founder and staff input and so much more, we've arrived at these shining examples of professionalism, excellence, marketability and creativity.

The Founders' Choice Awards round out each year's Design Challenge series which is a monthly design challenge put before GCU's artist community.
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Tailor-Made Studios
Best New Artist (Honorable Mention)


Joni Prittie of Garden of Cards
Best New Artist (Honorable Mention)


Sun Day Greetings
       Hottest Seller-Christmas

       Randi Perez Helm of Something to Say
      Hottest Seller-Christmas
       (Honorable Mention)

        Tailor-Made Studios
      Hottest Seller-Christmas
       (Honorable Mention)

        Natalie Kinnear Cards
       Hottest Seller-Chinese New Year

       Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by Ramelle
       Hottest Seller - Chinese New Year
       (Honorable Mention)

       Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art Greetings
       Hottest Seller - Chinese New Year
       (Honorable Mention)

        Tanya Hall of Moonlake Greetings
       Hottest Seller - Birthday

       Tailor-Made Studios
       Hottest Seller - Birthday
       (Honorable Mention)

       Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ
       Hottest Seller - Birthday
       (Honorable Mention)

       Teri Francis of Squirrel Hugger Greeting Cards
       Hottest Seller – Thanksgiving *NEW*

        Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota
      Hottest Seller - Thanksgiving
       (Honorable Mention)

        Michelle Goggins of MG Doodle Studio
      Hottest Seller - Thanksgiving
       (Honorable Mention)

        Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art
       Best New Series *NEW*

        Teri Francis of Squirrel Hugger Greeting Cards
      Best New Series
       (Honorable Mention)

        Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art
      Best New Series
       (Honorable Mention)

        Sharon Dominick of Sharon Dominick Photography
       Best Custom Front (Text)

       Cathie Richardson of Country Garden Cards
      Best Custom Front (Text)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Christie Black of Creations from the Heart
      Best Custom Front (Text)
       (Honorable Mention)

        Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota
       Best Custom Front (Image)

       Sharon Dominick of Sharon Dominick Photography
      Best Custom Front (Image)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Mindy Pierce
      Best Custom Front (Image)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art Greetings
      Best Business Logo/Name
       

       Doreen Erhardt of Salon of Art
      Best Business Logo/Name
       (Honorable Mention)

       Christie Black of Creations from the Heart
      Best Business Logo/Name
       (Honorable Mention)

       Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by Ramelle
       Funniest Card

       Mike Baldwin of Cornered Greetings
      Funniest Card
       (Honorable Mention)

        Brenda Hayes for Crazy Daisy / SunDay Greetings
      Funniest Card
       (Honorable Mention)

       Greetings from Anne
       Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock)

       Greetings from Anne
      Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Doreen Erhardt of Exclusive Creations
      Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Kate Taylor
       Rising Star

        Sandra Rose of Sandra Rose Designs
      Rising Star
       (Honorable Mention)

        Jason Nocera of Knock Knock Joke Cards
      Rising Star
       (Honorable Mention)

        Diane Diederich of Diane Diederich Photography
       Custom Request - Nailed it!

       Kate Taylor
      Custom Request - Nailed it!
       (Honorable Mention)

       Cisillia Tay
      Custom Request - Nailed it!
       (Honorable Mention)

        Gail Pepin
       Best Uncommon Card

       Betsy Bush of Dragonfire Graphics
     Best Uncommon Card
       (Honorable Mention)

       Randi Helm Perez of Something to Say
      Best Uncommon Card
       (Honorable Mention)

        Shoaff-Ballanger Studios
        Best Design Challenge Submission

       Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by Ramelle
      Best Design Challenge Submission
       (Honorable Mention)

        Ramelle Richardson of Eloquence by Ramelle
      Best Design Challenge Submission
       (Honorable Mention)

        Laurie Schneider
        Simply Clever

        Doug Hill of Laughing Hippo Studio
      Simply Clever
       (Honorable Mention)

       Mike Baldwin of Cornered Greetings
      Simply Clever
       (Honorable Mention)

        Mindy Pierce
       Reviewers' Choice - Fiona
       

       Cisillia Tay
        Reviewers' Choice - Mackenzie
       

       Lisa Griffin of La Belle Paperie
       Reviewers' Choice - Desiree


       Deborah Roy of Red Bird Card Store
       Reviewers' Choice - Phoebe
       

       Michelle Lanoue of Illustrations by Michelle
       Reviewers' Choice - John
       

       Bob Kramer
       Reviewers' Choice - Catherine
       

        Zaira Ignacio of Letters and Arts of Zaira
       Reviewers' Choice - Victor

       Sarah Summers of Sarah Summers Illustration
      Reviewers' Choice - Rebecca
       

       Robin Chaffin of Simply Put by Robin
      Reviewers' Choice - Anne
       

        Lindy Gaskill of Art by Lindy
       Reviewers' Choice - Jessica Renee

       Makiko Kimura
      Reviewers' Choice - Shelley
       

        Joni Prittie of Garden of Cards
      Reviewers' Choice - Daisey
       

        Bad Poetry Cards
       Reviewers' Choice - Ella

       Colleen Kong-Savage of Konga Line