As not answering his stack of correspondence appeared impolite, the London socialite decided to speed up the task by enlisting his friend, artist J.C. Horsley, to design a festive card with a fill-in-the-blank salutation in 1843. The first-ever Christmas card soon inspired copycats, with holiday greetings taking off both in Britain and the United States by the end of the century.
Before you start selling your handmade cards take a little time to plan. You need a business plan. Investing time in planning upfront can help you stay on track, meet your goals, and avoid any nasty pitfalls along the way. There are a number of elements you need to consider during the planning process. Where will you sell? Who is your target audience? What makes you unique? These are just a few of the questions you need to answer as you develop a roadmap for your business.
There’s just something about a paper greeting card that never loses its charm for some of us. We like to hold the greeting in our hands, feel the crisp paper, run our fingers over the words and pictures as if we were trying to absorb the essence of the message. Most of all we like to see the handwritten notes and the signatures of our loved ones. While ecards may be viewed instantly and forgotten over time, printed cards can be saved, cherished and shared for years. Although ecards have replaced printed cards in many instances as the more convenient, inexpensive and quick mode of wishing one another, printed cards still retain that special quality that electronic messages cannot convey effectively.
Quick: Think about the most memorable wedding you’ve ever been to. What comes to mind? Was it the bride’s stunning bespoke gown? The best man’s poignant, precise toast? Or maybe it’s the favor you took home at the end of the night that so effectively encapsulated the spirit of the just-married duo? “In 2019 weddings will showcase the couple’s individuality in truly unforgettable ways,” says Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson. A few of the top tools for brides and grooms looking to make a lasting impression today? New twists on ceremony attire, one-of-a-kind reception decor, and practical-meets-personalized keepsakes they’ll eagerly tuck into their clutches and suit pockets. Read on to discover the top eight ways brides and grooms are showcasing their unique style through their weddings this year, and get ready to start swooning.
Shortly after the IPO in 2015, a group of investors filed a class action lawsuit against Etsy claiming fraud. The suit claimed that Etsy's CEO and officers failed to disclose numerous problems with the site which could affect the stock price, among them that "more than 5 percent of all merchandise for sale on Etsy’s website may be either counterfeit or constitute trademark or copyright infringement” and that “brands are increasingly pursuing sellers on Etsy for trademark or copyright infringement, jeopardizing listing fees and commissions." The suit also claimed that Etsy management knew of the rampant trademark and copyright infringement but did little to stop it, and in fact worked to hide this information from potential investors.[76]
[justified_image_grid ids=19869,19871,19872,19873,19875,19876,19877,19881,19882,19883,19884,19885,19886,19887,19926,19927,19928,19929,19934,19936,19943,19946,19947,19948,19949,19950,19951,19954,20755,20757,20758,20759,20760,20761,20762,20763,20764,20765,20766,20767,20768,20769,20770,20771,20772,20773,20774,20779,20781,20782,20783,20784,20785,20786,20787,20788,20789,20790,20791,20792,20793,20794,20816,20817,20818,20819,20820,20821,20822,20823,20824,20825,20826,20827,20828,20830,20831,20832,20833,20834,20835,20838,20839,20840,20841,20842,20843,20844,20845,20846,20847,20848,20849,20850,20851,20852,20853,20854,20855,20856,20857,20858,20859,20860,20862,20863,20864,20866,20867,20869,20870,20871,20872,20873,20874,20875,20876,20877,20878,20882,20883,20884,20891,20892,20893,20894,20895,20896,20897,20898,20899,20900,20901,20902,20903,20904,20905,20906,20907,20908,20909,20910,20911,20912,20913,20914,20917,20918,20919,20920,20921,20922,20923,20924,20925,20926,20927,20928,20929,20930,20931,20932,20933,20934,20935,20936,20937,20938,20939,20940,20942,20943,20944,20945,20946,20947,20948,20949,20950,20951,20953,20954,20955,20956,20958,20959,20961,20962,20963,20965,20966,20967,20969,20970,20971,20973,20974,20975,20977,20978,20979,20980,20981,20982,20983,20984,20985,20986,20987,20988,20989,20990,20991,20992,20993,21000,21001,21002,21004,21005,21006,21007,21009,21010,21011,21012,21013,21014,21015,21016,21017,21018,21019,21020,21021,21022,21023,21038,21039,21040,21041,21042,21043,21044,21045,21046,21047,21048,21049,21050,21051,21055,21056,21057,21058,21059,21060,21061,21062,21063,21064,21065,21066,21067,21068,21069,21070,21071,21072,21073,21074,21075,21076,21077,21078,21079,21080,21081,21082,21083,21084,21085,21086,21087,21088,21089,21090,21091,21092,21093,21094,21095,21096,21097,21098,21099,21100,21101,21102,21103,21104,21105,21106,21107,21108,21109,21110,21111,21113,21114,21115,21116,21117,21118,21122,21123,21124,21125,21126,21127,21128,21129,21130,21131,21132,21133,21134,21135,21136,21137,21138,21139,21140,21141,21142,21143,21144,21145,21146,21147,21148,21149,21150,21151,21152,21153,21154,21155,21156,21157,21158,21159,21160,21161,21162,21163,21164,21165,21166,21167,21168,21169,21170,21171,21172,21173,21174,21175,21176,21177,21178,21179,21180,21181,21182,21183,21184,21185,21186,21187,21188,21189,21190,21192,21193,21194,21195,21196,21197,21198,21199,21200,21201,21202,21203,21204,21205,21206,21207,21208,21209,21210,21211,21212,21213,21214,21215,21216,21217,21218,21219,21220,21221,21222,21223,21224,21225,21120,21119,21121,21226,21227,21228,21229,21230,21231,21232,21233,21234,21235,21236,21237,21239,21240,21241,21242,21243,21244,21246,21247,21248,21249,21250,21252,21253,21254,21255,21256,21257,21258,21259,21260,21261,21262,21263,21268,21269,21270,21271,21274,21275,21276,21277,21278,21279,21280,21282,21283,21284,21285,21286,21287,21289,21290,21291,21292,21293,21295,21296,21297,21298,21299,21300,21302,21303,21304,21305,21306,21307,21308,21309,21310,21311,21312,21313,21314,21315,21316,21317,21318,21319,21320,21321,21322,21323,21324,21325,21326,21327,21328,21329,21330,21331,21332,21333,21334,21335,21336,21337,21338,21339,21340,21341,21342,21343,21344,21345,21346,21347,21348,21349,21350,21351,21352,21353,21354,21355,21356,21357,21358,21359,21360,21361,21362,21363,21364,21365,21367,21368,21369,21370,21371,21372,21373,21374,21375,21376,21377,21378,21379,21380,21381,21382,21383,21384,21385 prettyphoto_social=no download_link=yes caption=off mobile_caption=off overlay_icon=on filterby=printablemedia filter_orderby=rand filter_custom_order=”Postcards, Music, Typography, Clocks and Watches, Fashion and Beauty, Adverts, Typography, Frames, Photos, Music, Other Ephemera, Black and White Images, Christian Images, Print it and Frame it, Silhouettes, Photography, Music Instruments, Medical, Fruits Vegetables and Nature, Food and Beverages” filter_all_button=yes disable_cropping=yes]
Keep in mind that there are already many handmade greetings cards available. To be really successful, you need to offer something a little different. In many areas, the market is swamped with handmade cards. An example of a niche is a "green" handmade card business where all products used are recycled, sustainably sourced, or some portion of proceeds benefit ecology projects around the world. When you are thinking about a niche, a great place to start is to think about the things that inspire you or make you smile. 

A variety of products are sold on Etsy, including arts supplies, handmade products, and vintage pieces. Vintage pieces can only be listed if they are a minimum of 20 years old. In order to sell products on Etsy, users must create a username and have the option to create a shop name. The username cannot be changed once created. Since online signup appears for every region internationally, Etsy provides a global shipping feature.[11]
In July 2008, Rob Kalin ceded the position of CEO to Maria Thomas.[61] Some longtime Etsy employees left the company in August 2008, including founders Haim Schoppik and Chris Maguire.[62] In September 2008, Etsy hired Chad Dickerson, who formerly worked at Yahoo!, as Chief Technology Officer.[63] The company acknowledged concerns about vendors selling other people's work as their own.[64]
I’m so sorry about that and yes, it’s because you have Yahoo email, they have been blocking my emails along with many other bloggers. I’ve been working on a fix for this for weeks now and I think we finally have it corrected!! Hopefully you will have an email in your box from me today, in about half and hour our so. If you don’t, please let me know! I really want to get this fixed for everyone!

There are countless DIY projects out there involving maps and those are simply in addition to just displaying them! I am a sucker for maps. I have always loved to travel and with every generation traveling a bit more than the one before, I think maps will only become increasing popular. Because of what people call travellust. So what do you do when you can’t travel as much as you would like? Just stare at maps, and make plans for one day. That’s what I do. We previously shared a very popular collection of vintage map printables, so we decided to add a few more of our favorites to your stash. Where are you traveling next? 


Recognizable cartoon figures like Snoopy, Mickey Mouse, and Felix the Cat also have a specific market, and then there's the big guy himself. Santa's look and demeanor has changed a lot over the years, but he's remained popular among buyers. Before Coca-Cola helped popularize our notion of Santa today, he often wore a green coat, or had elfish features instead more jolly ones.
There is an increasing number of online craft marketplaces, such as Etsy, Amazon's Handmade, Artfire, and many other specialist sites. Selling online is a viable proposition for anyone with access to the internet. No technical skills are required to set up an online store within these online handmade marketplaces. Starting a store on Etsy is relatively quick and easy to do. But, you will need to work hard at taking top-notch photos of your cards, crafting superb product descriptions, and learning about search engine optimization and keywords to really get your online business off the ground. Don't worry if this sounds daunting, the Etsy seller's handbook is a fabulous source of information and will help you get started.

If you are going to cover a range of cards and styles you will have a range of target markets and you will market-specific groups of cards to the relevant target market. Knowing your target market also helps you with marketing. If you know who this demographic is, you are much more likely to be able to reach out to them directly with your marketing efforts.
Because Apple includes applications for photo editing and creative projects in its macOS, we found most of the Mac greeting card design programs we tested have fewer editing tools than their PC-compatible counterparts. This means you may need to edit photos in another application before you upload them to your greeting card software. A few of the programs we tested have some basic editing tools, such as those for cropping and fixing red-eye, but those same programs have lower quality graphics.
In Etsy's first year, it attracted attention for frequently adding new tools and functionality to the site to help sellers gain exposure and traffic, including Adobe Flash-based visualizations and a taxonomy of categories with tags.[51] Etsy passed $1.7 million in sales in May 2007.[52] On July 29, Etsy had its one-millionth sale and anticipated its two-millionth sale would occur mid-December 2007. In November 2007, buyers spent $4.3 million purchasing 300,000 items for sale on Etsy, an increase of 43 percent from October 2007.[3] In June 2007, it expected to be profitable by the fall,[28] but in December 2007 it was not a profitable company.[53] In January 2008, Etsy received an additional $27 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, Hubert Burda Media, and Jim Breyer.[54]

“As the world becomes increasingly eco-conscious, couples are choosing stylish and sustainable solutions for their weddings,” says Dayna. “Incorporating biodegradable floral confetti, vintage decor and even reusable straws are just a few ways to bring earth-friendly values into your big day.” And going green doesn’t have to mean skimping on personalized details. Case in point: this super customizable (and thoroughly charming) cake topper made from recycled cardstock.
As of March, 2016, Etsy's top three competitors according to Hoovers Online are Amazon Handmade, Craigslist, and eBay.[91] Etsy has been compared to "a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay",[52] and to "your grandma's basement".[92] Etsy also has a number of direct competitors. DaWanda [de], based in Germany, closed in August 2018, ezebee.com, based in Switzerland, is a global competitor, but also caters to freelancers and professionals[93] Bonanza (formerly Bonanzle and 1000 Markets[94]) is based in the United States and focuses on clothing and fashion, Zibbet and Made It which are based in Australia, iCraft is based in Canada,[95] Artfire is based in the United States,[96] and Hello Pretty is an online craft marketplace targeted at South Africans.[97] Tindie is based in Portland, Oregon, and focuses on technology and electronics.[98] ArtYah is based in California, United States undergoing speedy growth and has worldwide sellers and consumers of handmade items, vintage and some craft supplies.[99]
In an interview in August 2013, CEO Chad Dickerson emphasized the importance of human interaction and meaning from creativity in regard to his perspective on Etsy. Dickerson described the website as "a platform that provides meaning to people, and an opportunity to validate their art, their craft", and after spending time with Etsy users, Dickerson learned that "all commerce is about real human interaction". Dickerson also provided a summation of Etsy that is a further reflection of the company's relationship- and meaning-based ethos: "At the end of every transaction, you get something real from a real person. There is an existential satisfaction to that."[90]
The eyedropper tool copies the color of any single pixel in the editing window and allows you to auto-populate a color wheel and create a custom palette. There’s also a photo analyzer tool to help you identify the dominant color in a photo to make a more informed design choice. Using these advanced editing tools takes some practice, but once you figure them out, you can create high-quality and customized cards from scratch. The biggest downside of this program is the lack of templates and graphics. Although, the included graphics are high-quality and showed no signs of distortion or pixilation when we moved and resized them to fit our test designs. This is a great greeting card software if you have basic design skills and want to create customized cards from scratch.
As co-owners of The Land of Lost Content, the world’s largest archive of 20th Century popular culture, we’re always thinking of new, exciting ways to make Britain’s rich cultural heritage relevant to the modern consumer. Our greeting card collection with Hallmark does exactly that, and features images from the 50s, 60s and 70s in a 12-part collection.
Thank you for checking out my auctions.   Please take a close look at the scans of the cards for condition of each card.  Please feel free to email me with any questions and to follow my auctions.  Shipping is a flat rate of $3 for any number of cards that you are purchasing for U.S. customers.  I will combine your invoices as the new auctions end to reflect the shipping cost.     I usually ship one day a week, so please let me know if you need your package in a rush. For international shipping, I can ship your card without tracking to save on shipping.  Please message me to discuss your shipping preferences. Thanks again for visiting my store and please stop by again.
Marketing and promoting the business, creating new designs, sourcing products, and administration are the other aspects of running a business that will eat into the time available. You will need to allow for over half your time to be spent on the business side of things. You will also need to think about how you will handle the business if you decide to take a vacation, if you get ill, or managing extremely busy periods. This is why good planning is essential. It will help you avoid any nasty surprises later on.
The market for Christmas collectibles is actually on the rise, according to Terry Kovel, co-author of the Kovels' Antiques & Collectibles Price Guide. "All of the holidays have gotten more popular in collecting," she tells GoodHousekeeping.com. "And the most popular one obviously is Christmas." Vintage cards in good condition can fetch about $10 to $50 apiece, she says, but particularly valuable ones can shoot up into the three- or even four-figure range.
We've tested Mac greeting card software for over seven years and have spent another five years researching greeting card software for PCs. Recently, we spent close to 40 hours testing these programs, and based on our results, we think Canva is the best option. Canva updates its online platform regularly and gives you access to a large library of stylish, customizable templates. It’s also easy to use and navigate.  
Call her clairvoyant, but last year Dayna predicted statement sleeves would take the bridal fashion world by puffy, voluminous storm in 2019—and all signs point to an accurate forecast. But before you start conjuring up visions of rigid, restrictive Victorian getups, think again—these sleeves are loose, flowy, and thanks to sheer fabrics and patterned lace cutouts, even downright sexy. Dayna’s top picks for a “glamorous, romantic, and completely Insta-worthy” long-sleeved look? Retro bell sleeves and—wait for it—an effortless silk bridal caftan.

Canva is the best place to design greeting cards if you have a Mac, but you can also use it to create hundreds of other projects, including business cards, flyers, book covers and infographics. In addition to being stylish, Canva’s images are high quality – you can move them around and resize them to fit your design without causing pixilation or creating jagged edges. And if you can’t find the right graphic in its huge library or you want to share a personal photo, you can upload your own. However, Canva is missing some basic photo editing tools, including a cropping tool and a red-eye remover, so you need to edit your images before you upload them. Also, it doesn’t have templates for traditional multi-fold cards like those you find in stores. Instead, it has templates to create flat, postcard-style cards. Another potential drawback is Canva is a subscription service. However, it’s easy to cancel your membership, so depending on the scope of your projects, it can end up costing less than some of the other programs we tested. There is also a decent free version, though it includes limited access to graphics. The service’s excellent support pages make it easy to figure out which membership is right for you or your business – its support information is searchable and detailed.


[justified_image_grid ids=19869,19871,19872,19873,19875,19876,19877,19881,19882,19883,19884,19885,19886,19887,19926,19927,19928,19929,19934,19936,19943,19946,19947,19948,19949,19950,19951,19954,20755,20757,20758,20759,20760,20761,20762,20763,20764,20765,20766,20767,20768,20769,20770,20771,20772,20773,20774,20779,20781,20782,20783,20784,20785,20786,20787,20788,20789,20790,20791,20792,20793,20794,20816,20817,20818,20819,20820,20821,20822,20823,20824,20825,20826,20827,20828,20830,20831,20832,20833,20834,20835,20838,20839,20840,20841,20842,20843,20844,20845,20846,20847,20848,20849,20850,20851,20852,20853,20854,20855,20856,20857,20858,20859,20860,20862,20863,20864,20866,20867,20869,20870,20871,20872,20873,20874,20875,20876,20877,20878,20882,20883,20884,20891,20892,20893,20894,20895,20896,20897,20898,20899,20900,20901,20902,20903,20904,20905,20906,20907,20908,20909,20910,20911,20912,20913,20914,20917,20918,20919,20920,20921,20922,20923,20924,20925,20926,20927,20928,20929,20930,20931,20932,20933,20934,20935,20936,20937,20938,20939,20940,20942,20943,20944,20945,20946,20947,20948,20949,20950,20951,20953,20954,20955,20956,20958,20959,20961,20962,20963,20965,20966,20967,20969,20970,20971,20973,20974,20975,20977,20978,20979,20980,20981,20982,20983,20984,20985,20986,20987,20988,20989,20990,20991,20992,20993,21000,21001,21002,21004,21005,21006,21007,21009,21010,21011,21012,21013,21014,21015,21016,21017,21018,21019,21020,21021,21022,21023,21038,21039,21040,21041,21042,21043,21044,21045,21046,21047,21048,21049,21050,21051,21055,21056,21057,21058,21059,21060,21061,21062,21063,21064,21065,21066,21067,21068,21069,21070,21071,21072,21073,21074,21075,21076,21077,21078,21079,21080,21081,21082,21083,21084,21085,21086,21087,21088,21089,21090,21091,21092,21093,21094,21095,21096,21097,21098,21099,21100,21101,21102,21103,21104,21105,21106,21107,21108,21109,21110,21111,21113,21114,21115,21116,21117,21118,21122,21123,21124,21125,21126,21127,21128,21129,21130,21131,21132,21133,21134,21135,21136,21137,21138,21139,21140,21141,21142,21143,21144,21145,21146,21147,21148,21149,21150,21151,21152,21153,21154,21155,21156,21157,21158,21159,21160,21161,21162,21163,21164,21165,21166,21167,21168,21169,21170,21171,21172,21173,21174,21175,21176,21177,21178,21179,21180,21181,21182,21183,21184,21185,21186,21187,21188,21189,21190,21192,21193,21194,21195,21196,21197,21198,21199,21200,21201,21202,21203,21204,21205,21206,21207,21208,21209,21210,21211,21212,21213,21214,21215,21216,21217,21218,21219,21220,21221,21222,21223,21224,21225,21120,21119,21121,21226,21227,21228,21229,21230,21231,21232,21233,21234,21235,21236,21237,21239,21240,21241,21242,21243,21244,21246,21247,21248,21249,21250,21252,21253,21254,21255,21256,21257,21258,21259,21260,21261,21262,21263,21268,21269,21270,21271,21274,21275,21276,21277,21278,21279,21280,21282,21283,21284,21285,21286,21287,21289,21290,21291,21292,21293,21295,21296,21297,21298,21299,21300,21302,21303,21304,21305,21306,21307,21308,21309,21310,21311,21312,21313,21314,21315,21316,21317,21318,21319,21320,21321,21322,21323,21324,21325,21326,21327,21328,21329,21330,21331,21332,21333,21334,21335,21336,21337,21338,21339,21340,21341,21342,21343,21344,21345,21346,21347,21348,21349,21350,21351,21352,21353,21354,21355,21356,21357,21358,21359,21360,21361,21362,21363,21364,21365,21367,21368,21369,21370,21371,21372,21373,21374,21375,21376,21377,21378,21379,21380,21381,21382,21383,21384,21385 prettyphoto_social=no download_link=yes caption=off mobile_caption=off overlay_icon=on filterby=printablemedia filter_orderby=rand filter_custom_order=”Postcards, Music, Typography, Clocks and Watches, Fashion and Beauty, Adverts, Typography, Frames, Photos, Music, Other Ephemera, Black and White Images, Christian Images, Print it and Frame it, Silhouettes, Photography, Music Instruments, Medical, Fruits Vegetables and Nature, Food and Beverages” filter_all_button=yes disable_cropping=yes]
×