The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. By the early 15th century, handmade paper greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. The Germans are known to have printed New Year's greetings from woodcuts as early as 1400, and handmade paper Valentines were being exchanged in various parts of Europe in the early to mid-15th century, with the oldest Valentine in existence being in the British Museum.[3]
Send smiles and free happy birthday cards to loved ones near and far with a free, no-risk trial today. Our printable birthday greeting cards can be customized in a variety of ways. With a 7-day trial, you select the perfect printable birthday card design from our fun, festive selection of free cards to print at home. By sending your loved ones a customized birthday card, you're sure to brighten their day! American Greetings also offers birthday ecards, if you need to send an online birthday greeting card in a flash! Be sure to check out all of our other great birthday products and inspiration as well.
In the 1970s, Recycled Paper Greetings, a small company needing to establish a competing identity against the large companies like Hallmark Cards, began publishing humorous, whimsical card designs with the artist's name credited on the back. This was away from what was known as the standard look (sometimes called the Hallmark look.)[citation needed] By the 1980s, there was a thriving market for what were now called "alternative" greeting cards, and the name stuck even though these "alternative" cards changed the look of the entire industry.
Don’t limit yourself, though. Offer your good sentiments unsparingly (but prudently) with our free online greeting cards. We’re happy to prompt you with bon mots for every moment—and a few just-because cards for no moment in particular. Send a good luck card to wish a friend a sporting chance or a congratulations card if their victory outpaced you. For a recipient who’s more than a friend, letters of love are a perfect way to supplement your sweet nothings with romantic designs. (If you’re thinking about lust, we’ll defer to your better judgment on that.) We do hope you’ll have a chance to follow up with an anniversary card—you can schedule it in advance to avoid forgetting, but be sure to pick up a good gift, too.

Cover Verse: For [Name], a Good Friend Inside Verse: One of the good things about getting older is that we eventually learn What is important and brightens our lives and what is of little concern... And one of the things that we learn through the years that has always been found to be true, Is how much it means to have a close friend who's a wonderful person like you. Happy Birthday


If you’re celebrating a birthday boy, you’ll find cards with charming animal illustrations and adventurous forest landscapes perfect for the plucky lad in your life (and all his future derring-do). Those entering their quarter- or mid-life crises deserve a card featuring sharp suiting, refined cocktails, and other trappings of fashionable maturity—it’s not so bad, we swear. Toast or roast the distinguished older gentleman in your life with funny birthday cards for men that make light of all those extra candles on the cake. Dry wit from The New Yorker and Derek Blasberg keeps the comedy fit for an evening at the Cafe Carlyle. Gents of any age will appreciate a card that features frosted gateaus, cream cakes, and other edible birthday indulgences. If you’d prefer to focus on the memories, a photo birthday card with an elegant typographic design or border frame lets you send a particularly sweet portrait of your jolly good fellow as you remember him best.
Cover Verse: For a wonderful Sister Hope the sweetest moments of your birthday live on as memories that warm your tomorrows... Hope each happy wish being made for you finds its way to your doorstep... Hope the dreams of your heart big and small all come true... Inside Verse: ...and hope you always know what a wonderful sister you are. Happy Birthday
Hallmark birthday cards cover every age or milestone—from the cutest cards for first birthdays to 100th birthdays, we have a card for that! You'll also be able to browse Spanish birthday cards (including Quinceañera cards), plus a host of other languages, including French, Italian, Japanese and even Braille. We have hundreds of birthday gift ideas, as well as a huge selection of colorful birthday gift wrap and fun birthday party supplies like napkins and candles, so if you know someone who has a birthday coming up soon, make Hallmark your one-stop shop for all things birthday—minus the cake!
If you’re celebrating a birthday boy, you’ll find cards with charming animal illustrations and adventurous forest landscapes perfect for the plucky lad in your life (and all his future derring-do). Those entering their quarter- or mid-life crises deserve a card featuring sharp suiting, refined cocktails, and other trappings of fashionable maturity—it’s not so bad, we swear. Toast or roast the distinguished older gentleman in your life with funny birthday cards for men that make light of all those extra candles on the cake. Dry wit from The New Yorker and Derek Blasberg keeps the comedy fit for an evening at the Cafe Carlyle. Gents of any age will appreciate a card that features frosted gateaus, cream cakes, and other edible birthday indulgences. If you’d prefer to focus on the memories, a photo birthday card with an elegant typographic design or border frame lets you send a particularly sweet portrait of your jolly good fellow as you remember him best.
With the wide range of styles and designs offered by Nation's Photo Lab, including four different paper types and the option to add UV-coating for added protection, you are only limited by your creativity. To start designing your elegant edge cards, simply sign up for your account, upload your photograph, if you will be using one, and choose your template. The rest is easy!

Artist Notes: A two-layered birthday cake of brightly colored icing topped with multicolored candles and sparklers. Hand lettered "Celebrate" in green icing. accompanying verse inside: "There should be 3 days off for birthdays. The first day is to anticipate, the second day is to celebrate, and a third day is to recuperate. Happy Birthday " ©Mindy Pierce
Print everything from flash cards and recipe cards to promotional cards and contact cards in a few simple steps with Avery Index Cards. The 3 inch x 5 inch cards are easy to design and print yourself using free printable designs and index card templates on the official website. Just personalize your template and print as many as you need. The micro-perforations make it easy to separate your cards quickly and cleanly, so you’re ready to get back to work in no time. Great for students, teachers, home and office use.
In this section, you can actually design and create your own card and print it out in your home to send to family and friends. There is a template to which you can upload a personal or family photo from your computer or choose one of the many images available on the site. You can also choose from among the many message options and also add your own personal note. Print it out and voila! You have your own custom paper greeting card that you can sign, seal with love and send just in time for the special occasion!
I specifically left the themes on the date night cards fairly generic so that you could use a little creativity with your dates. So if you picked something like “Go Bowl,” it doesn’t necessarily have to mean go bowling. It could mean going out for noodle bowls for dinner, going and creating bowls at a paint your own pottery studio, or really anything you take it to mean.
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