Saturday, January 19, 2013

DIY Greeting Cards For A Living or Make Fun Collage Style Cards


Greeting Cards From the Store Make me Nauseous

It never ceases to amaze me why we contribute to mass marked production of greeting cards.  This past Christmas we didn't have time to make cards, so hubby bought them. A few cards for immediate family in the CS and we topped $50.  I guarantee by now they have been recycled, or trashed.

I'm glad in some ways artists ave some sort of job (designing the cards) but I'm unsure just how much royalties they get per card sold (or if, as I understand if you work for Hallmark it's an inhouse position--meaning, you may get a salary for being a card designer.) With a million cards to choose from, is there a card designing monopolist that can boast they designed a real nice chunk of of the cards out there? Do they get royalties and salary? Probably not but I could be wrong. Then I see all those Disney cards and character cards  and I really think the only one profiting is Disney (license owner) and the card company.

If You Desire to Design Greeting Cards, Enter a Contest and Win up to $500

So if you want to make money selling greeting cards, can you send some ideas? No, they don't accept them blindly. They do they have different contests here where you can submit a card. If you win this particular one here on the Hallmark Competition Page, you get $250 and if they choose to sell it in stores another $250.  So thereby if you design a card and it's their store pickyou have just made $500 and you can tell all your friends while you are in the Walgreens's that that's your card.  Keep checking their contest page, they run them often.

craft project greeting cards
I'm not going to end up in stores with my less than perfect upcycled creations, but I sure brought a smile to their face and and found all of these projects around the house. .
Greeting Card Universe Tips 

Then there's the whole "Greeting Card Universe-Become an Artist" thing. It's an online store where you can buy greeting cards CHEAP. So think of that, if your design is accepted your royalties will be CHEAP too. Here however, you can learn all the tricks of the trade by someone from the Netherlands who uses it and makes money on Zazzle with her greeting cards knows how to get noticed here on Squidoo.

Let's move on. 

Sell Greeting Cards on Etsy 

If you want to make greeting cards for a living, then sell them on Etsy. That's my suggestion to you.  On Etsy you can be your own designer, and pay small and minimal selling and listing fees.  If I had to buy a greeting card, it would probably be one of these:

handmade owl greeting card

Etsy Shop EmmaBeanCreations offers this for $6.50 on Etsy

 Or this: 

pac man card
ALouCreations offers these cute greeting cards on Etsy.

Etsy allows artists the leeway to create as an individual. For instance, the shop below's slogan says that their cards are made with Bourban and Love.  These are the cards we want to send but can't. Well, over 5900 sales later, they are doing just fine.

This one is SFW:

Crazy Greeting cards on Etsy
Etsy shop Sweetperversion has over the top greeting cards--the kind you really want to send for $4

Can you upcycle licensed images into your crafts? 

If you are using someone's images or copyright materials you cannot sell the items for a profit--normally, unless those images are free-use or out of copyright. It's all very confusing but case in point I could not sell this little guy even if I wanted to as he's the spokesman for Geico.

Thanks Geico for all that junk mail. Here, I made a card and gave to a friend instead of tossing him out.

There's nothing like making things yourself.  We hope Uncle Stu is less likely throw it away right after the holidays. Let's face it, you are his favorite niece, right?

make it yourself
Vintage book at Klassic on Etsy says it all!
Make Your Own Ghetto Card: (Like Mine)

If you need to make a lot of cards quick, (and this is a fun project for you and the kids, or you and some friends over wine) grab some of the following and get to work: 

  •  old manilla folders or stock paper (alternative: Kraft Paper)
  • craft scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Water
  • Old Magazines, Junk Mail, and Circulars
  • Kraft Paper Envelopes

And, you can create whatever you want!
The best part is there is no wrong or right.  You can be as creative as you want--old magazines are loaded with great letters that you can collage together to make cheesy (but ghetto cool) greeting cards!

DIY Greeting Cards
Voila, cards in no time!
All works here; unless otherwise noted, were fashioned by me.


  1. Great post....its stunning work...thanks for sharing..!! Plastic card printing

  2. This is really a great DIY wall art making idea, you did great job. i want to try this Ghetto Card. Thanks for sharing.

  3. it's really a great thing that we can enter a contest and Win up to $500, anyway i was looking for diy greeting card idea and you have also added great tips about DIY greeting cards with unique cards i love them, many thanks for sharing.

  4. Hey,Nice cards..I would like to Buy Greeting Cards and will try this at home its fun loving.Thanks for your post.

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