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Best of 2017 - Founders' Choice Awards

Best of 2017 With over 50,000 new cards submitted in 2017 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 2017. 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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Best New Artist


Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ
Best New Artist (Honorable Mention)


Doug Hill of Laughing Hippo Studio
Best New Artist (Honorable Mention)


Stephie McCarthy
       Best Overall New Card

        Kathleen Johnson
     Hottest Seller

       Ron Magnes
       Hottest Seller (Honorable Mention)

       Mindy Pierce
       Hottest Seller (Honorable Mention)

       Ron Magnes
       Best Custom Front Card (Text)

       Starstock Greetings
       Best Custom Front Card (Image)

       Trudy Wilkerson
       Best Business Logo Card

       Ramelle Richardson
       Funniest Card

       Lisa Crisafi
       Funniest Card (Honorable Mention)


       Pattiann Malynn
       Most Creative Stock Card Creations
       (BigStock) Card

       Doreen Erhardt
       Most Creative Stock Card Creations
       (Honorable Mention)

       Stacia Gorge
       Rising Star Card


       Alda Monteschio
       Rising Star Card (Honorable Mention)


       Danielle Duckery
       Nailed It Wanted Cards Request Card


       Barbara Schreiber
       Nailed It Wanted Cards Request Card
       (Honorable Mention)

       Shoaff-Ballanger Studios
       Best Uncommon Card


       Teri Nelson Kuster
       Best Uncommon Card
       (Honorable Mention)

       Sandra Rose Designs
       Best Design Challenge Submission


       Ron Magnes
       Best Design Challenge Submission
       (Honorable Mention)

       Pamela Jorgensen/PamJArts
       Simply Clever


       Colleen Kong-Savage
       Simply Clever
       (Honorable Mention)

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       Reviewers' Choice - Fiona

       Colleen Kong-Savage
       Reviewers' Choice - Ella

       Barbara Schreiber
       Reviewers' Choice - Mackenzie

       Ron Magnes
       Reviewers' Choice - Desiree

       Kathleen Johnson
       Reviewers' Choice - Phoebe

       Christie Black
       Reviewers' Choice - John

       Betsy Bush
       Reviewers' Choice - Catherine

       Annie Lang