Entry Must Include BOTH—a mailed printed greeting card and an online submission:
- Submit Online:
- Completed online entry form
- Uploaded digital image of the greeting card. Upload an image of the card on display–NOT the design file. The image will be used in a display of all entries. Uploaded file must be in .jpg or .png format and less than 1 MB (can be uploaded as .zip).
- The printed, finished greeting card
- A copy of the online entry form
The PRINTED GREETING CARD will be evaluated for judging – NOT the digital image.
All Entries Must Be:
- Completed during the 2018-2019 school year.
- Original work of the student and contain no trademark or copyright material.
- Eligible students attend recognized secondary or post-secondary institutions in the continental United States, studying in a graphic communications/printing, advertising, graphic design or interactive media program.
- Submitted by the instructor.
- Postmarked by the June 7th, 2019 deadline.
- The flat and folded greeting card should be close in dimension to standard card sizes. You may vary slightly on the measurements. Standard folded sizes are:
- 5” x 7” – fits an A7 envelope
- 4 ½” x 6 1/8” fits an A6 envelope
- 4 ¼” x 5 ½” fits an A2 envelope
- Example: a page size of 10” x 7”, when folded, will be a card size of 5” x 7”.
- Greeting card must have a minimum of four panels:
- Front panel (cover)
- Two inside panels or inside spread (left and right side in horizontal layout – or top and bottom in vertical layout)
- Back panel MUST INCLUDE the following:
- Fictitious artist or fictitious company contact information (this could be a pretend online contact, made-up phone number, e-mail or street address)
- Price of the greeting card, or non-active barcode mock-up.
- You may use any type of fold, which could increase the number of panels (or half panels). For example:
- C fold
- Accordion fold
- You may submit pop-up cards or include other 3D effects.
- There is no requirement for paper weight.
(Note: a medium weight paper or card stock would give the best results.)
- Find a fresh way to communicate your greeting card message for any occasion, announcement, invitation, holiday, sympathy, just getting in touch, love, humor, etc.
- Try using a common theme with a universal appeal and add a personal touch.
- Before creating your design, consider how the greeting card will be folded and whether it will incorporate optional printing enhancements like die cutting, foil stamping, pop-up elements or tabs.
- Think of your card in a store display, where only the upper third is visible to shoppers. Your design should use this area to immediately communicate the topic of the card.
- Grab attention with your design, express the essence of your message and attract readers to open it!
- Be sure you have no typos in the text! You can use words on both the outside and inside of the card. Carefully consider use of typeface for best impact.
- If your cover design message is strong, you may prefer to have the inside of the card be blank.
- Production cost is irrelevant for the judging; especially if you incorporate an optional enhancement or embellishment. Just be sure the special effect can be produced by a printing or print finishing process.