Quite a few years ago now I had a store at this site – and basically it was a free for all, upload any art you had and make it into a greeting card. Trouble is some people would use just one piece of art and upload it into hundreds of categories – simply by changing the title. For example, you’d have a photo, or a piece of art with a rose on it, and there would be dozens of titles showing up one after the other in the ‘new cards’ feed. Birthdays, Anniversaries, Get Well, Sympathy and on the list goes.
I decided to give them a try again this past day or two and found that they have become very strict in their guidelines (I believe this has been in place for a couple of years or so). I hadn’t actually realised this at the time of ‘uploading’ a couple of cards and mine were immediately rejected. Ooooh! I then spent half a day reading lots of posts, their many guidelines, looking at ‘new’ cards and so on to get a feel of what is expected. My first breakthrough came this morning when I was asked to edit my ‘notes to the reviewer’ to state that the verse I used was my own. Well, it was actually from a card I’d had in their store about 5 years ago, so as far as I was concerned, it was still my own work. Luckily it came back accepted.
I don’t expect to make a lot of money doing this, but I do enjoy the creative side and it is definitely a good way to learn more about some of my software (other than Painter 12). I admit I wasn’t all that keen to sign up again, but I do know from some conversations I’ve had with others, that some people just prefer one site to another so I thought, why not? This way I can upload one card to both Greeting Card Universe and my usual Zazzle store. It also gets me to really think about what kind of cards I want to make. I have noticed that I’ve been selling more on Zazzle this past year, despite my absence while in New Zealand for a few months. Having said that I would still say it’s more of a sideline for now, although that could change once I really get to grips with my software.
If you are an artist and interested in having a look – check it out GREETING CARD UNIVERSE – I would definitely suggest you read their guidelines on what they expect. Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing how well it works out for me. Well, once I can get a LOT more cards accepted. *wink*