It’s easy to say the right thing when presents are involved. Whether you’re passing along a happy birthday greeting or returning the favor with a magnanimous thank you card, our designs for good times give your fond wishes a suitably grand entrance. Choose from gleefully witty illustrated designs, stately typographic and calligraphed options, or photo cards that let you use a memorable portrait as a backdrop. Lovers of fine stationery will be thrilled to find work by papercraft favorites like Mr. Boddington’s Studio and Rifle Paper Co. represented in our online collection. No matter what medium you choose to express yourself, we’ll leave you plenty of room for additional notes—and with our online design tool, they’re sure to be letter-perfect. You’ll have the chance to edit your card’s wording of course, but you’ll also find new venues for expression in the envelope liner and online backdrop—colorful new places to add a bit of pattern and print.
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.
Anymore, the price of a card can nearly equal a premium coffee, so “free” is a breath of fresh air, and you won’t encounter fine print exceptions or surprise fees. Complete your Printable Card project using your home printer or send your creation as an eCard from our site via email or Facebook from your computer, phone, or tablet. You can even download the image or PDF file and save it to portable storage media, if you’d like to take your design to a local shop for printing. As always, there’s no charge from us.