Sometimes we have to refuse submission because of content issues, even if the file is technically 100% correct. In that case, you will receive a decline email stating the exact reason for non-approval.
Here you find the list of our content-related decline reasons, five little rules to keep in mind.
01. Don't use effects we're unable to print
Avoid the use of gold, silver and other glossy or fluorescent effects. Although it's possible to print these using screens, we're unable to reproduce them digitally for the moment.
02. Don't mess with copyrighted material
A submission will be declined if it contains copyrighted material, no doubt about it. For more information about common copyright issues (celebrity likenesses, trademarks, parody, ...) please check this help topic.
03. Beware of inappropriate content
A submission will be declined if it contains material that is defamatory, infringing, racist, obscene, or unlawful.
04. No text-only
A submission can be declined if it contains only or mostly text. Envelop is not against artwork containing text, but often text-based design is very sloganesque and rarely original.
If you really want to use text, try to integrate it into the design: style it or even create your very own font.
05. No photo-only
Same for photography. A submission will almost never be accepted if it contains only (or mostly) photography. Digital photography is so widely spread and so 'easy' to practice, that photo-based design is often far too thin to be considered for approval.
Unfortunately, you can't resubmit the same design after it's declined for content reasons.
Of course you can edit it with the above topics in mind, and then resubmit it. Sure that's okay.