A greeting card is an illustrated piece of card stock or high quality paper featuring an expression of friendship or other sentiment. Although greeting cards are usually given on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas or other holidays, such as Halloween, they are also sent to convey thanks or express other feelings (such as to get well from illness). Greeting cards, usually packaged with an envelope, come in a variety of styles. There are both mass-produced as well as handmade versions that are distributed by hundreds of companies large and small. While typically inexpensive, more elaborate cards with die-cuts or glued-on decorations may be more expensive.
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.
There’s so much to love about our funny, cute, and photo upload cards, but we also have hundreds of designs from our favourite brands. From Batman and Spiderman to Wonder Women and The Incredible Hulk, we have all the best action heroes. There’s also tons of Star Wars and Game of Thrones birthday cards and a wide range of birthday cards for kids with Frozen, Trolls, Paddington, and The Little Mermaid.
By the 1850s, the greeting card had been transformed from a relatively expensive, handmade and hand-delivered gift to a popular and affordable means of personal communication, due largely to advances in printing, mechanization, and a reduction in postal rates with the introduction of the postage stamp. This was followed by new trends like Christmas cards, the first of which appeared in published form in London in 1843 when Sir Henry Cole hired artist John Calcott Horsley to design a holiday card that he could send to his friends and acquaintances. In the 1860s, companies like Marcus Ward & Co, Goodall and Charles Bennett began the mass production of greeting cards. They employed well known artists such as Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane as illustrators and card designers. The extensive Laura Seddon Greeting Card Collection from the Manchester Metropolitan University gathers 32,000 Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards and 450 Valentine's Day cards dating from the early nineteenth century, printed by the major publishers of the day.
Artist Notes: Could there be a more fun and colorful way to Happy Birthday to friends, family or business colleagues this year? The message "Wish Big for your birthday" appears in big, colorful letters, overlapping each other, with both of the letter "i's" transforming into candles, with flames atop them. The black background makes the brightly colored letters pop out in celebration. The inside wording of the card is "May all your birthday wishes come true!"
Each card we make takes anything from a few weeks to several months to complete. Many of the elements of the animation are actually painted by hand (using real paint, brushes and paper!) because the textures and colours achieved that way are so much more attractive than the electronic equivalent. These paintings are then scanned into electronic form, and the laborious process of animation starts. Finally, the music is created to accent or complement the animation.
Since every individual is different, you need a birthday card that's as unique as they are, and with nearly 200,000 cards to choose from, you're sure to find one that speaks their language for a birthday greeting they'll always remember. Offering exclusive designs to suit every style from humorous and heartfelt to age specific and theme related, you can find the right birthday card for anyone. To go the extra mile, you can even customize your cards with personalized text and photos, and for that birthday you almost forgot, we have you covered as cards ship the next day or can be printed at your local Target store.
Looking for the perfect greeting card? Whether you are wishing a friend happy birthday, telling that special someone how much you love them, sending get well wishes, or celebrating a major milestone, Hallmark has the perfect greeting card for every occasion. Choose from our vast selection of cards either online or in a store near you and find the perfect message. Hallmark has been making greeting cards for over 100 years, and knows how to make every moment special – find a card today to share your message with your loved one in a way they will always remember.