It's time for a contest! Last year, we held a contest for our readers to design our banner and it was so much fun to see what our readers submitted. (P.S. I still love the banner. A lot.) Now, we're going to give our readers another creative challenge:
A nail sticker collection design contest, sponsored by Inque Nails!
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to design a collection of nails that will be sold at Inque. See, anyone and everyone is welcome to make their own custom nails that Inque will print up and ship to you personally. But not everyone gets to have their collection sold by Inque on their website.
And who will choose the winning collection? Our readers! Of course. :)
The winner will not only see their creative nail sticker vision sold and worn by others, they will -- as all Inque guest artists do -- get paid a 10% commission for every set Inque sells (paid quarterly). The winner will also their choice of six sets of Inque nails for free!
The three runners-up will receive their choice of three sets of Inque nails each. :)
(There may be other goodies in store for our talented winner and runners-up but those details are yet to be determined.)
Here are the essential details:
- This contest is open to all readers of the blog, from anywhere.
- CONTEST HAS BEEN EXTENDED: it now ends on Monday, February 25th at 11:59pm PST (2:59am EST).
- Your nail sticker design collection MUST contain at least 5 unique designs but no more than 20.
- Readers may submit up to TWO collections
- Submissions should be sent to polishorperish @ gmail.com with the subject line: "INQUE CONTEST". Include your name (or what you want to be known as).
We do NOT encourage readers to submit two collections of 20 if both are a mishmash, just for the sake of getting in 40 nail designs. That being said, it's not really for us to judge if a collection has a "theme" or not.
PLEASE NOTE:You must own the images that you use for the nails (i.e. purchased or created) OR
You must be authorized to use those images for commercial purposes (i.e. images that are "free for private use" are not necessarily free for commercial use) OR
You are reasonably sure that copyright has expired on those images or were otherwise released to the public domain.
There are a ton of free photos out there, but just because it's found on Google, doesn't mean you can use it or alter it for your own gain. Similarly, images with Creative Commons licenses are not the same as public domain images: many CC license holders specify conditions under which you may use their work... and it's rarely "do whatever you want and don't give me credit."
No one is going to sit there and verify ownership of every image used, but those who steal or re-appropriate someone else's work as their own do so at their own risk.
Some resources to start from to figure out what you can or cannot use (if you don't want to pay for it):
How finalists, runners-up and winner will be determined:
Our banner contest last year got over a hundred submissions but we have no idea what the reader response to this particular contest will be. On one hand, we have more readers now than we did then... but then, it was only to design one banner, not a collection of 5-20 nail designs.
As it's highly impractical for readers to vote on more than 20 collections, we at Polish or Perish, along with the folks at Inque, will be making the first cut. We will choose the 15-20 semi-finalists that readers will then get to vote on.
How to design a set of nails:
1. Go to InqueNails.com and go to the "Pick Out Some Nails!" link.
2. Click on "Create Your Own"
3. Choose the Long Nails option (it's easier to scale a pattern down or crop it than to scale it up and there are people of all nail lengths out there who might want to wear your designs!)
4. You will see a screen like this: play around with it to see what kinds of things you can do with it.
Be sure to click on the menus for adding an image, adjusting it and switching between hands!
5. Follow the instructions for uploading images to use and let your imagination run wild! Remember to use high quality images.
How to format your submission (IMPORTANT):
There is currently NO WAY TO SAVE YOUR WORK on Inque: once you close your browser, you will lose all your work. And you can only work on one set of nails at a time. You are responsible for keeping track of your images, how you placed the photos and what you want your finished product to look like. (If you win, either you or Inque will have to be able to reproduce the designs.)
In order to submit your work to us, you will have to take screenshots of the nails you have created using Inque's online app:
- If your design is a pattern that is the same -- or virtually the same -- on both hands, you only have to take a screenshot of one of the hands AND a close up of a couple of the nails. It is assumed that both hands will feature the same pattern (i.e. the pattern for the right hand will be the same for the left hand).
- If your design uses images or some other obviously non-repeating pattern (i.e. the nails are not all the same), please submit screenshots of BOTH hands, and close-ups of all the individual nails.
For those who do not know how to take screenshots:
Some submission-formatted examples I made up of photos I've found online
For nails that either have a repeating pattern (every nail is the same) or there are only very subtle differences (every nail looks like might be the same but isn't), please include:
A set of nails from one hand.
Adapted from a photo from Photos8 (a stock image site that allows the commercial use of its images -- or at least, that's what it looks like). It was originally straw-colored but I decided to turn it green. Because I like green.
If you are submitting a design that involves different images on every single nail, you must submit:
Screenshots of BOTH hands.
And close-ups of MOST, if not ALL, the nails:
Paintings by Alphonse Mucha (Winter, Spring) that are in the public domain, found on Wikimedia Commons.
For images that do not have a repeating pattern (but the nails look fairly similar to each other) and will be the same for the right and left hands, you only have to submit:
One hand of nails.
And one close-up of at least half of the nails.
And here's one set I really like that I'm going to claim that is being used here purely for instructional purposes, since I'm pretty sure the Whitney Museum is not going to give me permission to make these into nails. :(
So... here: example of a work (Hopper's Early Sunday Morning) that is not out of copyright (published after 1923). Made into nails, as an example of what kinds of screenshots should be submitted for patterns that have a repeating pattern with subtle but significant variations (but will be repeated across both hands... yes, I've already covered this):
One set of nails.
And a close-up of a couple of any of the nails.
- Every nail design submission in a collection must be represented by a screenshot of at least one hand of nails and one close-up of at least two or three of the nails.
- The more variation there is in your design, the more screenshots you will need.
- When in doubt, take as many screenshots as you need to fully show off your talent! :D
I know this is quite a lot of info to keep track of. Before submitting your designs, please read over this page again to make sure that you are in accordance with the guidelines.
If you have questions about the CONTEST itself: please direct your questions to me (flinty). You can contact me through the form (link is on the top of the page).
If you have questions about using Inque's program or what they can or cannot print: please direct your questions to Inque (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Finally, some tips and tricks from Doug at Inque:
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