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Best of 2021 - Founders' Choice Awards

Best of 2021 With over 50,000 new cards submitted in 2021 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 2021. 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


Inga Razuvaeva of in Pictures
Best New Artist (Honorable Mention)


Farida Greenfield of Farida Gallery
Best New Artist (Honorable Mention)


Deborah Roy of Red Birds Cardstone
       Best Overall New Card

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

       Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt Greetings
      Best Overall New Card
       (Honorable Mention)

        Sharon Dominick Photography
       Hottest Seller-Christmas

       Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt Greetings
      Hottest Seller-Christmas
       (Honorable Mention)

        Mindy Pierce
      Hottest Seller-Christmas
       (Honorable Mention)

        Lisa M. Griffin of La Belle Paperie
       Hottest Seller-Chinese New Year

       Teri Nelson Kuster of Che Bella Nota
       Hottest Seller - Chinese New Year
       (Honorable Mention)

       Colleen Kong Savage of Konga Line
       Hottest Seller - Chinese New Year
       (Honorable Mention)

        Doreen Erhardt of SalonOfArt Greetings
       Hottest Seller-Birthday

       Laurie Schneider
       Hottest Seller-Birthday
       (Honorable Mention)

       Natalie Kinnear Cards
       Hottest Seller-Birthday
       (Honorable Mention)

       Dale Simpson Design
       Best Custom Front (Text)

       Annie Lang of Annie Thing’s Possible
      Best Custom Front (Text)
       (Honorable Mention)

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

        Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings
       Best Custom Front (Image)

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

       Angela Sullivan
      Best Custom Front (Image)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Nancy Mink Studios
      Best Business Logo
       

       Cathie Richardson of Country Garden Cards
      Best Business Logo
       (Honorable Mention)

       Pamela Jorgensen of PamJArts
      Best Business Logo
       (Honorable Mention)

       Greeting Cards by Mindy Pierce
       Funniest Card

       Mike Baldwin of Cornered Greetings
      Funniest Card
       (Honorable Mention)

        Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings
      Funniest Card
       (Honorable Mention)

       Doug Hill of Laughing Hippo Studio
       Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock)

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

       Ginger Irwin of Cards by Ginger
      Most Creative Stock Card Creation (BigStock)
       (Honorable Mention)

       Joy Ellaga of Creating with Joy
       Rising Star

        Inga Razuvaeva of In Pictures
      Rising Star
       (Honorable Mention)

        M.M. Anderson Art
      Rising Star
       (Honorable Mention)

        Judith Gorgone of Judith Gorgone Designs
       Custom Request - Nailed it!

       Ron Magnes of Creative Greetings
      Custom Request - Nailed it!
       (Honorable Mention)

       Julia Bryant of JJBDesigns
      Custom Request - Nailed it!
       (Honorable Mention)

        Cisillia Tay
       Best Uncommon Card

       Kate Taylor
     Best Uncommon Card
       (Honorable Mention)

       Cinda Wood of Cinda Wood Designs
      Best Uncommon Card
       (Honorable Mention)

        Gail Pepin
        Best Design Challenge Submission

       Michelle Lanoue of Illustrations by Michelle
      Best Design Challenge Submission
       (Honorable Mention)

        Stephanie Laird
      Best Design Challenge Submission
       (Honorable Mention)

        Stephanie Laird
        Simply Clever

       Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ
      Simply Clever
       (Honorable Mention)

       Greetings from Anne
      Simply Clever
       (Honorable Mention)

       Mike Shiell of Wandering Melon
       Reviewers' Choice - Fiona
       

       Pamela Jorgensen of PamJArts
        Reviewers' Choice - Ella
       

       Bruce Bollinger of Lucid Moment
       Reviewers' Choice - Mackenzie


       Stephie McCarthy
       Reviewers' Choice - Desiree
       

       Colleen Kong-Savage of Kong Line
       Reviewers' Choice - Phoebe
       

       M. M. Anderson Art
       Reviewers' Choice - John
       

       Mike Coyle
       Reviewers' Choice - Catherine

       Betsy Bush of Dragonfire Graphics
      Reviewers' Choice - Victor
       

       Kathleen Johnson of Encouragers for Christ
      Reviewers' Choice - Rebecca
       

        Dale Simpson of Dale Simpson Design
       Reviewers' Choice - Anne

       Annalisa Jones of Annalisa Caroline Greetings
      Reviewers' Choice - Jessica Renee
       

        Joyce Geleynse of Joyful Art
      Reviewers' Choice - Shelley
       

        Ramelle Richardson of Eloquene by Ramelle