5 Ways to Sell Greeting Cards Online

Updated on May 22, 2020
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Mary is a designer on Zazzle where her products have sold to people all over the world due to their global appeal.

Designing greeting cards and selling them online can be a great way to make extra income.
Designing greeting cards and selling them online can be a great way to make extra income. | Source

It would be easy to think that physical greeting cards are a thing of the past with so many people opting to send a quick electronic card or a brief message on a social media channel instead. It's true; card giving has changed, and as creatives, we need to adapt to this market. Many events and milestones are still worthy of physical cards, however, and recipients feel far more special when they receive one. Birthdays, weddings and thank-yous top the list of occasions that still call for physical greeting cards.

Some things haven't changed much. When it comes to shopping for greeting cards, there are two kinds of people: those who read cards before they buy them and those who look at the image on the front cover then, without opening the card, take it to the cash register. I fall into the first category; I have been known to spend a good deal of time scanning, reading, picking up and putting back a variety of cards before making my selection.

It isn't that I'm a card snob—I'm not—I just want the cards I send to mean something to their recipients. I want them to either laugh out loud or tear up and want to hug me. It was this love of sentimental and funny cards that started my journey into the process of designing them myself. Here I would like to show you a few of the different routes you can take to sell cards online.

5 Methods for Creating and Selling Cards Online

  1. Upload designs to print-on-demand sites like Zazzle.
  2. Sell handcrafted cards on Etsy or another marketplace.
  3. Build your own website to sell your cards.
  4. Sell messages and designs to existing greeting card companies.
  5. Fulfill custom greeting card requests on freelance sites.

1. Upload Designs to Print-on-Demand Sites like Zazzle

I sell cards through the website Zazzle, and I love it. There are other print-on-demand sites that are similar, including Cafe Press and Red Bubble. If you're unfamiliar with the term print-on-demand, it means that the company will print a previously uploaded image on a product if and when someone buys it. A customer on the site can find a product they like, customize it if they wish and then have it printed and shipped to them.

People like you and I can upload images for use a wide variety of products, including greeting cards, and sell these products through print-on-demand companies like Zazzle. The site takes care of the printing and fulfillment, so I never have to buy any of the products unless I want to. I find the site easy to use, and I like the fact that my product will continue to sell for years to come.

The amount of money a designer makes is set by the designer. There is a base price, and then the designer adds the commission they want to make. By default, it's 10 percent, but you can make it higher or lower. The profit you make on each card might only be 20 cents, but when you know this card will sell for years, you can understand the benefits.

Still not convinced? What if I told you that you can upload as many as you want? Don't just think of it as 20 cents for one card. let's say you have a hundred card designs all available for sale 24 hours a day, year-round to a worldwide audience. Now can you see the earning potential?

Advantages of Using Zazzle or Other Print-on-Demand Sites

  • No financial outlay: This was a big bonus for me, as I wanted to make money–not spend it.
  • No shipping: Zazzle ships the product after printing it.
  • No questions from customers: Zazzle handles all customer questions. However, it is possible, if you want to allow it, for a customer to contact you for a design request.
  • No payment hassles: Zazzle handles all payments and pays the designers via PayPal or check depending on your location.
  • Ongoing sales: If your design continues to sell, you get a source of ongoing passive income.

If you enjoy crafting and making things with your hands, Etsy is a great place to market and sell your cards.
If you enjoy crafting and making things with your hands, Etsy is a great place to market and sell your cards. | Source

2. Sell Hand-Crafted Cards on Etsy or Another Marketplace

If you design handmade cards, there are numerous sites you can use to sell them. Unlike the print-on-demand sites I mentioned above, there will be costs associated with making the cards. But although the cost of making each card is higher, the profit is higher as well.

You will need to buy any crafting materials necessary to make your cards. This may include blank cards, rubber stamps, stickers, pens or any other supplies or adornments you wish to include.

If you are already producing cards but want to expand your market, Etsy is a great place to start. Many people have had great success using this site to promote and sell their greeting cards. Etsy isn't the only place to sell your cards, though. Below is a list of additional sites you can use. Some you will know, and others you may not have heard of.

Sites You Can Use to Sell Handmade Cards

  • Amazon
  • eBay
  • Shopify
  • 3dcart
  • Bonanza
  • ArtFire
  • iCraft
  • ShopHandmade
  • ListingDock
  • Dawanda (Europe-based)
  • Folksy (UK-based)

Costs Associated With Selling Cards in an Online Marketplace

  • Cards and craft supplies
  • Packaging
  • Shipping
  • Monthly payments, listing fees or sales commissions to your host site

3. Build Your Own Website to Sell Your Cards

There is nothing preventing you from setting up your own website to sell the cards you create. There are two ways to do this. One is to build a website that can take orders and then ship the cards to your customers. The other way is a bit easier and involves having your own website but not handling product-production, orders or shipping.

For this second method, you'll need to use a print-on-demand site like Zazzle in conjunction with your own website, which you will be building to showcase cards that you (and/or other designers, if you would like to expand your product selection) have created.

When a customer clicks on a product on your website, they will be taken to a page on Zazzle where they can customize and order the product. By sending the customer to Zazzle, you make 15 percent of the sale for the referral. Plus, if it was your own product, you'll receive your normal Zazzle commission as well. When you send someone to Zazzle, a 45-day cookie is placed on their computer, so even if they don't buy immediately, you still have the opportunity to get the referral bonus for the sale if they come back to purchase your card later.

Potential Disadvantages of This Method

Although it's exciting to have your own website, it will have to compete in search rankings with the likes of Etsy, Zazzle and Hallmark. I don't think I need to tell you that they have deep pockets when it comes to advertising and search engine optimization (SEO). I don't want to discourage you from making your own website to sell your greeting cards, but be aware that you'll likely need to spend a good amount of time building and tweaking it.

In order for people to buy your cards, they'll first have to find your website. You will either have to learn about SEO or pay someone to do this to increase your visibility in the search rankings. You may actually end up spending more time doing this than designing your beautiful cards.

If you're good at coming up with poems, jokes and creative phrases, selling your messages to existing card companies may be a good route.
If you're good at coming up with poems, jokes and creative phrases, selling your messages to existing card companies may be a good route. | Source

4. Sell Messages and Designs to Existing Card Companies

Another option is to sell designs, ideas, poems and sayings to an existing greeting card company instead of selling cards of your own. Hallmark is the best-known, but they have in-house designers and writers. Don't be put off by this, as there are plenty of smaller niche companies that buy many of their designs from freelancers. They pay these freelancers for the legal rights to the card design, message or verse.

Before submitting your ideas to any of the companies below, visit their sites and get a feel for the style of cards they already sell. Design cards to fit in with their style, and if they like your design, poetry or message, you can earn anywhere from $25 to $300. You'll normally be required to sign a statement saying your idea is original and that you will not use it again anywhere else. The company will own the rights to use your design or idea from then on.

To access information about the companies below, simply type the company's name followed by the word "submission" into Google or your preferred search engine.

Greeting Card Companies That Accept Submissions

  • Blue Mountain Arts: Blue Mountain Arts sells its products under the American Greeting Cards brand, and they accept submissions of poetry and prose from freelancers. They will pay $300 for exclusive rights to a piece of your original work, and as more of your submissions are accepted, the amount paid goes up. Their cards usually reflect sentiments that purchasers might not be able to express in their own words. They want words with feeling—not generic messages.
  • Oatmeal Cards: Oatmeal Cards also buys from freelancers. They pay on a case-by-case basis depending on the work, but payments typically average around $75. Their cards are funny and are often but not always illustrated. They don't like ideas that are mean or gross. They also don't like poetry, which is better suited to the company above. If you can raise a giggle from kids and grannies alike, this is a good company for you to approach.
  • Warner Press: This company sells boxed cards and prefers short messages of about four lines. Their payment is $35 per accepted submission, and the writing must be religious in theme.
  • SNAFU Designs: This company wants ideas that will make people laugh out loud. They will pay $100 for an original and funny idea.
  • Comstock Marketplace: This company will pay $50.00 for a gag line, and they negotiate with artists separately for graphics. If you create copy or imagery for adult humor, this is the site to which you should submit your ideas.
  • Smart Alex: This site likes content that is "funny, edgy, and risqué!" The images they use are glamorous and often feature retro themes. Take a look at their site to see if your photos, illustrations and copy are in line with what they already offer for sale. They will look at your work and compensate you if they decide to use it. There appears to be no set fee, so they will discuss terms only after they have seen your work and decided to use it.

5. Fulfill Custom Greeting Card Requests on Freelance Sites

The final option is to respond to requests on freelance sites. If you go this route, you'll be working with a customer's specific request. This is unlike the other options where you create first and sell later; here, your customer comes to you and gives you an idea of what they would like. Although these sites offer many unrelated services, freelancers can do well creating custom birthday, anniversary or Christmas cards for clients.

Freelance Sites That May Have Requests for Greeting Cards

  • Fiverr
  • Upwork
  • GigBucks
  • Zeerk
  • PeoplePerHour

My First Job: Selling Cards Door-to-Door

When I was young, the first job I had was selling cards door-to-door. Looking back now, I don't know why I thought this was a good idea because I was quite shy at the time. I suspect I saw an ad in a magazine detailing how easy it was and how much money could be made doing it.

I wrote to the company requesting a starter pack, and when it arrived, I was officially in business. This didn't last long because I was clueless about what to do. What I should have done was read the instructions and suggestions that undoubtedly accompanied my pack of example cards.

Included in my introduction pack were sample cards, a brochure featuring the other lines of cards available and an order sheet. It was everything I needed to start my door-to-door business. I was confident that this was the business I would later look back on as my first experience in the world of sales.

It didn't go quite as well as I had hoped, and I came home without my sample cards because my kind and elderly neighbor next door ended up keeping them. I tried to explain that they were samples and that she would have to order her own and wait a couple of weeks, but between my timidness, her deafness and my respect for the elderly, I was not able to get that point across. She wound up with some cards for upcoming occasions, and I was out of business. Luckily, I prefer selling cards online anyway.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • Which is better: to have a greeting inside the cards or leave them blank?

    That is a great question and there is no right answer. If possible do both to give people a choice. Some people love to write their own personal message. Other people dread the thought of doing that so always opt for one with a printed message.

    Another thing to think about is that your design could be applicable to other occasions. So if your birthday card has a tranquil scene by a lake, it might make a perfect Father's Day card, retirement card, or sympathy card.

  • I would like to try to make and sell my first greeting card. How do I get started?

    It depends if you are actually making a card or creating a design and then uploading it. If you are going to make a physical card, I would suggest watching tutorials on YouTube or going to the library for books on how to make them. If you are going to make a digital one, sign up with the company of your choice, I use Zazzle but there are others and upload a design. There is no cost. You can use Gimp as a designing program, it is free to download and use. From there keep developing your style.

    In the article, I give you suggestions for places to sell your cards.

  • Could I sell my greeting cards without making a website?

    Yes. You can use sites such as Etsy, eBay, or upload a digital image to sites such as Zazzle to sell your greeting cards.

  • I am creating 6x6” greeting cards. The only place I can find a wire floor spinning rack with pockets to hold the 6” square cards is in the UK. I fell in love with the bright colored wire choices. The racks are reasonably priced, but shipping would be $300! Would a custom made rack be cheaper?

    It may be, I think you should definitely contact a welder and see about a custom made one.

  • Does it matter if I initial and date under the art if I decide to upload my designs for greeting cards? Most I've seen are just drawings with no artist signature.

    This may depend on the site you choose to upload it to. If you were selling your card to a company, (a one off sale), they may not allow it. Check their terms and conditions. It you are uploading it to a print on demand site, I can't see where that would be a problem. Again, check their requirements. If it detracted from the design, you could opt to put it on the back of the card.

    On a site that doesn't limit the amount of designs you can have, you could try both, one with a signature and one without. The market would then tell you which they prefer by the amount of times it gets viewed and/or sold.

    Some people may prefer to see the signature and date, feeling like it is unique. Others may prefer to have it without.

    In the description you can also mention, your name, the date it was completed, and other information to help sell it.

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    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      2 weeks ago from Brazil

      I would suggest you approach a small card shop and offer them the option to buy your stock.

      Your other option would be to donate them to a charity store or a hospital gift shop. Ask your accountant if you could deduct that value as a charitable donation.

      If you are spending more time trying to solve this problem and it is causing you stress, take the financial hit and move on. Otherwise you will be will still be dealing with it trying to recoup your money.

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      Patti C Higgens 

      2 weeks ago

      Looking for possible help - I have a rather large inventory of variety of greeting cards from store closing. Do you or anyone else know where I may be able to sell - either in a type of "pick your own bundle" or in bulk groups? I have advertised on a few online platforms for "Occasions" (Graduation; Mother's Day; Father's Day etc. - pick "who" it is for ie: Family member; Friend, etc.) but did not work out. REALLY would appreciate advice/guidance/HELP - Hope to hear back with an idea/solution. - Thanks in advance

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 weeks ago from Brazil

      They sound great. I'm sure the recipients love getting a hand made card.

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      Violet 

      2 weeks ago

      I have cards and have used different creativity to make them beautiful.they are for seasons and simple cards to write for a friend and wishing people

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 weeks ago from Brazil

      Hi Larry,

      No, I sell them, I don't buy them. Consider some of the ideas in the article to market your cards.

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      Larry 

      3 weeks ago

      Do u buy greeting cards

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 weeks ago from Brazil

      Hi Sharidan,

      There are a few options. On Zazzle you can either find a pre-made template design you like and add your information such as logo, name, and even change the photos on some if you wish.The good thing is there is no minimum order plus if you buy a lot there is a bulk discount.

      If you ask a designer to create something new for you, it is likely you'll be charged an extra fee. That would apply to not only Zazzle but other sites.

      On sites such as Fiverr, PeoplePerHour, and other freelance sites, you will pay for them to design it for you.

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      Sharidan Adams 

      6 weeks ago

      This was very informative, thank you.

      I want to sell invitations/announcements/mommy encouragement for a specific audience. I have a name, logo, and a few photos that I want to use. However, I am NOT crafty. Is there a company that can take your ideas & create the cards for you to sell for your business? I'm not opposed to doing custom orders as well so eventually I want my own website. Should I start at Zazzle or some sort? I'm not a Martha Stewart but I'm passionate about it & the cause. I would appreciate your feedback.

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 months ago from Brazil

      Yes you could attribute the photographer/artist in the description. If a hyperlink wasn't allowed, you could always include just the name.

      Writing a description is an underutilized area on many products on Zazzle. This is your chance to really push your product but making it readable for the customer. What you write in a description has an impact on it being found not just through a Zazzle search but also a Google search.

      Zazzle recommends adding a story about how the idea came about. But your customer won't be searching for that. Think like your customer and imagine what they would like to read to find your product..Put in keywords that are applicable to your product. Don't overdo it though, make it readable for the customer.

      If appropriate, write about the style, the color, the usage, and use language your customer would use.

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      Paula 

      5 months ago

      Hi Mary,

      Would that be possible to upload a design created from a partnership using Zazzle? I mean, in my designs I normally give credit to the artist (whom I am used to work with) whenever I add their picture/photo in my creation (while I would add a text of my own, edit colours, shapes, textures, etc)? Thank you

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      PaperMama 

      5 months ago

      I did notice Shindigz but wasn't quite excited about the pricing. Thank you for the suggestions, I appreciate your time! I'll continue searching.

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      Mary Wickison 

      5 months ago from Brazil

      None that I know of. Shindigz offers personalized paper plates that are cheaper and sold in multiples of 6. They have in house designers. I checked Cafepress, but didn't get a hit on paper plates.

      I would suggest doing your own search for Print on Demand sites and see what comes up.

      Although the paper plates seem expensive, many customers shop the sales. Plus, they offer an ever expanding range of products for parties. Because it costs nothing to sign up or use their site, you only have your time invested.

      Good luck, I hope you find a site that suits you.

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      PaperMama 

      5 months ago

      Hi,

      Are there any print on demand sites which also offer party supplies which you could theme up with the cards you design? (Other than Zazzle which has custom paper plates for $1 or more EACH.)

      Thanks!

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      Mary Wickison 

      6 months ago from Brazil

      That's great Angel, use one of the ideas above to sell it. If it is a physical card, there are options I've noted above. If it is a digital design or an idea, there are avenues such as Zazzle or selling the idea to a card company.

      In the article there are the names of the companies that may buy your idea.

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      Angel sylvester 

      6 months ago

      I have card for sell

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      Mary Wickison 

      10 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Vlad,

      I'm not familiar with Pixteller so I would advise you to read their terms and conditions. See if you are allowed to sell products that are created using their images, services, etc.

      Sometimes various sites will only allow you for 'personal use' and not for commercial purposes.

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      Vlad 

      10 months ago

      If I create the cards on Pixteller and use Fiverr to promote me, is this fine?

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      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      It depends if there is no copyright and that it is in the public domain.

      However, to make it an image of your own, add your own flair to it.

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      Marcela c 

      11 months ago

      Can you sell something with a design you did not make

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      Mary Wickison 

      11 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Avis,

      I would suggest two routes for you. Fiverr would be a good option for you because the client would contact you directly requesting a personalized card.

      The second option would be Zazzle as you can upload cards that are inspirational and would apply to a wide audience. You can also mention that you do custom orders in your profile on Zazzle.

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      Avis Cherie' 

      11 months ago

      This is a very good article. I am a writer and author and have a gift with words and receive messages from God that I have to write them down and release them via my original quotes. What I am trying to figure out is this best way to put these words into the form of greeting cards and/or customizing cards for people who ask me to put their thoughts into words. I've always wanted my own greeting card business since I was a child, now I would love to leave a legacy just trying to figure out the best route with minimal start up costs. Thanks in advance for you help.

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      Mary Wickison 

      13 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Faby,

      Yes, I can. You would go to the 'create your own' and select the product you wish to make. From there you'll go to 'add image'. That will bring up the designing tools. There you can add text, shapes, and upload your own images.

      When you have your design how you like it, click done. There you will see the option to 'edit or sell it'.

      I am working from a laptop, if you use a phone, it may be different. Then I would suggest you go the Zazzle help pages or their forum.

      I will say, that sometimes I have had it where I can't post something for sale. Then I just start over and it gives me the option to sell it.

      Previously there was a problem where people were putting up 'fake blank templates'. I believe Zazzle has solved that problem. They do have a site with their own blank products. https://www.zazzle.com/store/zazzleblanks

      Zazzle is a platform I love, and I use it daily.

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      FabyD 

      13 months ago

      I am very confuse on how to use zazzle. Where to i upload my desings et stuff. It is very clear if i am the seller or the buyer when I use the create feature. Can you help

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      Mary Wickison 

      14 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Thierry,

      A typical greeting card on Zazzle costs about $3.00 (US). You set your royalty. Most designers put it at 10% to stay competitive.

      So yes you will need a lot of customers coming to your Zazzle store to earn a living from it. However, that design can be sold over and over again 24/7 and to a worldwide audience.

      Not only that, you can add that design to any number of products on their site that you think would be suitable. Although a card may only sell for $3.00, a suitcase sells for close to $300.

      Although this article is mainly focused on ways to sell greeting cards, your design has bigger potential than a one off sale.

      You are doing the work once and then maximizing its potential.

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      Thierry 

      14 months ago

      Hi Mary,

      thanks for the great article, very instructive.

      Do you have an estimate of how many greeting cards can be sold monthly for an artist who are the top out of their art? I'm seeing royaltees of 20 cents to maybe 1 dollar per card, I'm thinking it would take a lot of sales to be able to live from this if an artist is only selling greeting cards from those numbers. How much typically is the minimum cost such company as Zazzle are charging and on which the royaltee applies? (which from my understanding includes manufacturing cost, shipping, marketing, web site, and customer service)

      Also wondering if people purchasing the greeting cards online rather than in a retail strore is a growing trend?

      Thank you for your great answers so far!

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      Mary Wickison 

      16 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Gaz,

      Thanks for mentioning those sites, I'm sure they will be helpful for others as well.

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      Gaz 

      16 months ago

      Hi All,

      I use Canva or getstencil to design things for free, some are paid but you can get by for mostly free. Take a look and decide for yourself.

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      Mary Wickison 

      20 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Marlene,

      Yes, you can do that, but if you're using Zazzle the potential is far greater than just greeting cards. In fact, I am so positive that Zazzle is my way forward, I now have a mentor specifically for that purpose.

      If you're interested further, send me an email through Hubpages, and I'll send you a link.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      20 months ago from USA

      This is a very informative article. I absolutely adore the idea of selling greeting cards online. I established a Zazzle account many years ago and it never occurred to me that I could set it up to simply sell greeting cards. Thank you for such a wonderful idea.

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      Mary Wickison 

      21 months ago from Brazil

      Hi Ronald,

      It's an interesting question.

      First, anything is possible to do but you have to ask yourself, if it is worth your time and investment.

      Firstly if you're getting people to your site because you're offering "500 free assorted cards", and then you show them your cards to buy, you may get a few people who will buy, but I doubt it.

      Here's why. The type of people who are interested in 'free cards' won't pay. They are thrifty, and expect something for nothing. Secondly, this practice may be seen as a 'bait and switch' technique, which is illegal. It is in essence another form of clickbait.

      Regarding the imagery, instead of trying to find artists or photographers just go to a stock photo site. However, be aware, that if you are planning on reselling the image on cards, you will need an extended license not just a standard license. If you do use an artist or a photographer, make sure you have them sign a contract that allows you to resell. If there are people in the image, those people will need to have a model release form signed, unless they were participating in a public event. The photographer should have asked them to sign one.

      Another thing to consider is, who is your target market? Is there a demand for your cards? Often this type of card, or a postcard, is only purchased at the place of interest. For example if you went to the Carnival in Rio, you may buy cards as souvenirs but I'm not sure how many people would buy otherwise. Also many people are now content to snap photos with their phones and upload them to their favorite social media site instead of sending cards.

      Something else to think about is SEO and the language barrier. If for example, you used an image of the Rio Carnival and your target market for buyers was Brazilians, are you going to market it in Portuguese?

      I am not trying to discourage you, but I think it's best to think about these things first before you invest time and money into a site.

      Also with regards to your site, you will have the costs associated with that including your SSL to make your site secure.

      There are many sites that sell cards, both digital and physical ones and you will be competing with them. Some of those sites, such as Hallmark, Minted, Zazzle, and others I mentioned in the article have deep pockets for their advertising.

      I am a fan and a designer on Zazzle. All the technical site of the website is taken care of, and I just upload designs. There is no cost to me, I don't have to worry about shipping it out or anything. I can set the commission rate I want, and if I bring the customer to them, I get an extra 15% on top.

      I hope some of this helps, thanks for your question.

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      RonaldMAllen 

      21 months ago

      Good evening Mary,

      I have taken some time to read through your reader's comments and acknowledge your replies and appreciate the wealth of knowledge.

      I am looking to invest in an online platform that offers some 500+ FREE assorted cards with the features and functionality many of the referenced eCard sites that are mentioned here, offer. My nitch will be to offer culturally diverse, nationality specific cards at a premium that speak to the unique aspects of the people and the region they come from.

      My question for you is, do you feel I could commission artist's to provide images of this kind of imagrey and what would be a fair commerical rate to pay for a single card and or a set of cards depicting various nationality traditions?

      Thank you for your reply.

      Ronald

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      Jake 

      23 months ago

      I acquired 300 plus cards and don't know what to do with them their various birthday cards and such trying to figure out where I could sell them or how I can get rid of them to make a couple bucks

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Rebecca,

      The sizes Zazzle offer at the moment for greeting cards are as follows: These are all in inches:

      3.5 x5

      5x 7

      8.5 x 11

      18 x 24

      24 x 36

      36 x48

      However, they also offer postcards, rack cards, and other products that your image could be uploaded to.

      Don't get stuck thinking your images or designs are only suitable for cards. Don't get me wrong, I sell a lot of cards and am glad for each sale. You don't make much on each card so expand into invitations, and try it on several products. Imagine your art on a cell phone case, napkins, or even a shower curtain. You will make more money from each sale.

      When you realize the potential each design has, and that it can be sold many times over, you can see how your business can grow.

      Another suggestion I would make is allow your customers to customize. This can be anything from writing a personal message inside to adding the reciepent's name on the front. The ability to personalize products is why people choose to shop with Zazzle. The vast majority of my cards are customized by the purchaser. If I kept them from doing this, I would have lost those sales.

      I hope that helps, thanks for your question.

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      Rebecca Varon aka Nushkie Design 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for this valuable information. I have been selling my cards on Etsy. I should continue there, but add Zazzle. I'm thinking they will tell me how size cards should be, but since I'm responded from your article, I thought I could pose this query. On Etsy, my cards are blank and measured 4.25" by 5.5". I've sold these around the world, but not a zillion. Once they're online with Zazzle, I'm thinking they could be the same size or larger. Is that true? And, what is your opinion? Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Maryanne,

      I would suggest uploading your designs to Zazzle. There you can sell the same design over and over again.

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      MARYANNE M BROWN 

      2 years ago

      I have a collection designs, some of which would be fun and appealing to a wide range of age and style

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Card Seller,

      I can see that would be very time-consuming. Plus getting your site found the search engines will cut into the time you could be making cards. For your own site, you are competing with some huge companies and if your website isn't within the first couple pages of Google, you won't make any sells.

      On sites such as Etsy they already have a strong market so the headache of getting found online is lessened but of course they take a cut. For handmade cards, craft fairs and door to door may work better for you.

      If you are an artist, and by that I mean, drawing, painting, photographer, I would suggest Zazzle. You can scan and then upload your design. Then you can sell it multiple times and your design could be on multiple products. You will, in essence, get paid for doing the work once.

      If you still wish to pursue your own website, promote frequently on Pinterest.

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      Card seller 

      2 years ago

      I just started to sell cards like door to door, but I also started a website but don't know how to show all the cards without having everyday putting up new ones and taking down old ones that people buy. It's a lot of work just to put a few up there. I could use some help building my business. Thank you!

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Well, there is nothing like being prepared.

      It does sound like it may be time for a clear out.

      Perhaps you could sell them as a job lot to a small card shop. With the money you invested in them it may be difficult to let them go.

      If you want to get rid of them, then you could always donate them to a local school or a charity shop. They would be able to sell them at a fundraising event.

      If you have used parts of these cards to make other cards, you could be infringing on the copyright of the artwork you're using.

      Your situation opens up some interesting questions.

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      Alicia 

      2 years ago

      My sister, my best friend and I got very fanatical about find greeting cards and putting them away for the right occasion. I became such an addiction that I wanted every single occasion or anything that could come up go to bed or in need of a congratulations and so on ready just in case. Then we started implementing them into arts and crafts. I volunteer with kids for arts and crafts so the ideas were endless but now I have more than a couple hundred of Hallmark, Carlton Cards, papyrus and cards of that nature. Since meshing are cards together I could even have up to 600 and I think it's time to try to sell them. But the cards go for $4 to $10 each one. But they're not my original work even though sometime down the line I would love to do that, right now I would rather focus on getting rid of these and if it's legal to do so excelling at them so I can confined The Collection to ones that I probably will use within the next two years at least LOL

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      My pleasure. I believe the form for not collecting of taxes is for Canada but if you find out anything different, let me know.

      I was giving you a lot of information and didn't want to bombard you, but when you begin to get referrals, there is also an extra payment called volume bonus. This is based on monthly earnings from referrals and can increase the amount you make even more. Zazzle want people to create and promote.

      Good luck and keep me posted about how you're doing.

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      Lindsey 

      2 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks for that Mary. I shall persevere! Another source reckoned that if you fill out the form that the US govt. does not deduct. Shall check that out a bit further. Seems customising is the way to go and the referral feature is a bomb. Thanks again!

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Lindsey,

      You're right, it's 30% that is withheld here in Brazil, as well.

      I would encourage you not to get too discouraged and to expand your line of products beyond greeting cards.

      There is a feature called 'quick create' which allows you to use the same image and the software puts it on multiple products all at once.

      Although greeting cards do very well on Zazzle year round, you only get a few cents each time. If that same design is put on a phone case, for example, you'll get $3 or $4 dollars, each time.

      I would also suggest doing products which are bought in multiples such as invitations. Don't stop there though, give your customer the matching paper cups, plates, napkins, and banners! Think of what goes into a successful party and then think of all the different types of parties. It's enough to make your head spin!

      The most important thing I believe is to make your product customizable. That is what sets Zazzle (and other similar companies) apart from a person walking into a local shopping mall and purchasing a card, phone case, or party supplies.

      I know the payout of $50 seems a long way off, but when you make a few sales, it adds up. I have had some multiple sales and then it really begins to add up.

      Plus, I don't know if you have your own website or blog but if you refer someone via a link, you get a referral fee that is 15% of the price whether it is your product or from another designer. If it is your own product, you get your commission and a referral fee.

      Hang in there and start designing, the numbers will work out.

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      Lindsey 

      2 years ago from Cape Town

      Hi Mary - thank you for the information. I have signed up with Zazzle to start selling greetings cards. I ran in to a couple of snags. The main being that I am South African and it seems there is a bit of a problem as we as fforeigners have to fill out a fairly complex form to declare our earning to the US govt - who deduct 30%. This after waiting for months to earn the minimum $50 before Paypal pays out - royalties will take forever to earn that. Hardly seems worth it :( I am trying to find out more about this. Pity if I can't make it work. Not sure whether Redbubble had the same thing - but I think that they are Australian based. Do you have any suggestions? I see that you are based in Brazil.

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Norina,

      I adore humorous cards. I remember Mother's Day always be a difficult time to buy cards. No one had funny ones. Our family wasn't overly affectionate but boy did we love to laugh. I wanted a card that reflected that.

      I am sure you'll do well.

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      Norina 

      2 years ago

      Thank you for this information. I love making people laugh and expressing that in cards . People always say they love my cards and keep them . :)

      I am making cards and looking for direction . Thank you .

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Joyce,

      It would depend on the site. If you are selling to a card company, you can't use that image again. If it is Zazzle, Cafe Press etc. then it should be no problem. I have the same design on Cafe Press and Zazzle but now, almost exclusively, I use Zazzle. I feel their design platform is easier to use.

      If you have concerns about this though, I would suggest contacting the company you already use and asking for clarification of the terms of use. Remember, as a designer, you hold the copyright to your image.

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      Joyce F R 

      2 years ago

      Hi Mary,

      I already use one of these sites to sell my cards, but was thinking of either switching to or adding another site. Do most of the sites allow you to sell on their competitors as well, or does their user agreement forbid that?

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi,

      It depends on whether you want to sell a physical card or just an image. I love using Zazzle because I just have to upload a design and then they print it and ship it.

      Places such as Etsy you are selling a physical card which you will make, market, and ship to the customer.

      Thanks for your question.

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      ola 

      2 years ago

      E

      Excellent I'm interested to sell cards online. Where do I start from?

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Shannon,

      I don't know the answer and I would suggest you contact the copyrights office for clarification. However, whether you are selling through a brick and mortar store or online, the copyright laws are still the same. Although different countries have different laws.

      Even this week, I was looking at items which were clearly out of copyright such as works by Italian Masters and I came across an article saying museums are charging a license fee for the use. I would question how legal that is, but who is going to challenge them? To do so, would entail paying for legal counsel.

      Thanks for your question.

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      Shannon 

      2 years ago

      I have made cards to sell for years, through my own brick and mortar store. Now my store is closed, but I still want to sell my cards. I have been using stamps and die cuts mostly and creating my own design around that. Are there copyright laws I should be aware of, before I sell online? Some of the companies that had products that I use are out of business now. Am I supposed to give die-cut and stamp companies credit? What should I be aware of, before starting?

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Dora,

      The internet has created many opportunities for a global market, including the greeting card business. Now the choice for the consumer is greater for personalized and unusual cards.

      It's an exciting time filled with possibilities.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for bringing these great creative, money-making ideas to our awareness. Never dreamed of such a business. Very thoughtful of you to share.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Martie,

      Dare I say it? I think women are better at card buying and thus better at creating cards which attract other women. However, I do think men, come up with some sarcastic and cutting remarks for cards, which I love.

      When you have someone buy a card you have created, it's a wonderful feeling.

      Thank you for your kind words.

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      Martie Coetser 

      3 years ago from South Africa

      Very informative and inspiring hub! Designing and selling cards is something I will love to do. Thanks for all the tips!

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Cyndi,

      I'm glad you found the hub useful.

      I recently read an interesting interview with Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert comics. He said, he wasn't the best illustrator, or the best humorist, but he combined the two and has created something unique. I found that inspiring to know that even though he wasn't the best in either area, it didn't stop him doing it and bring laughter to so many people.

      Regarding greeting cards, we should never underestimate the joy a well-chosen card can bring.

      I hope you decide to go for it and create some cards through whichever route works best for you.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      This is very useful information about another way of creating revenue as a writer or artist. Thank you for putting together so much of the information needed to start. Greeting cards are something I have considered doing. Your article gives me the concrete comparisons for me to look into. Nothing beats good information. Thanks for sharing! Take care.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Karen,

      I agree with you, once you understand how to use Zazzle, it's easy to create items.

      Let me know how you get on with sending to the card companies, I always love a success story.

      I'm pleased you found the article useful, thanks for reading.

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      Karen Hellier 

      3 years ago from Georgia

      I have a Zazzle website and I already use it to make cards and other items. I love it because it is super easy to use. I also do like the idea of sending ideas to card companies and may do that at some point. Thanks for the great info. on that in this article.

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      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hello SimpleHappyLife,

      I know many people want to diversify their activities on the internet and selling cards can be as time-consuming as a person makes it. Some devote just a few minutes and others make it their main occupation. I personally prefer the 'fingers in many pies' business model.

      Thank you for your kind words, I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Bill,

      You're correct, there are many avenues open for the person who wants to either write or design online. This ease of doing so has created not just a lot of opportunities, but a lot of competition as well.

      However, the flip side of this is we are all consumers and competition in any marketplace creates better products. This choice can be overwhelming at times for the consumer so it is necessary to ensure a user-friendly website to help them. As you know, patience is in short supply these days and a potential customer wants to quickly locate and buy without hassle.

      Great to hear from you.

    • simplehappylife profile image

      simplehappylife 

      3 years ago

      Great article :) always giving such great ideas!

      Thank You :)

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Heidi,

      I personally believe the internet will be only big companies in the not too distant future who will be collating and filtering out smaller sites. I guess it will be the cream that floats to the top either through natural selection or viewability.

      This is one of the reasons I prefer to be onboard a site like Zazzle or Hubpages, coddled under a wing.

      I wasn't aware of 'Send Out Cards". It has a different concept, although I wonder how many people will sign up for it knowing about a monthly fee. If someone has a wide circle of followers this could be a successful venture for them.

      Thanks for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There are so many ways to make money these days, online, as a writer...a little imagination, the right kind of software, and you have an instant business...then all you need is the willingness to work hard to make it succeed. :)

      Happy Sunday, Mary!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Like you, if I'm buying a card, I pour over the cards until I find just the message I want. I did purchase some cards from an artist friend through Red Bubble and they were beautiful.

      The other system that independent card artists and writers are up against is Send Out Cards (a networking marketing/multi-level marketing group). It works similarly to Zazzle. But buyers can pick and choose art, add photos, custom messages, etc. for a monthly subscription fee, by the card, or even pay to send to an entire mailing list.

      I've also toyed with the idea of selling cards and such through sites like Zazzle. In fact, that's the only way I'd do it because of all the hassle of handling low cost items on my own site. Sales taxes, shipping... ugh!

      Thanks for reigniting some ideas! Have a great day!

    • Blond Logic profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Wickison 

      3 years ago from Brazil

      Hi Glenn,

      Zazzle has increased their selection of products considerably and has also altered their designing platform to allow curved and vertical text. I like the fact that the company is making it easier for the customer to personalize their items. If a potential customer finds the site difficult to use, they may leave without purchasing.

      Like yourself, I want royalties as opposed to a single payment but as you say, people have their own agendas.

      The greeting card market is vast and the options for freelancers has increased considerably.

      I believe receiving a card, either through the mail or in person from a friend, means even more now, as we are constantly bombarded by the virtual world which leaves us feeling empty.

      Thanks for reading.

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      Glenn Stok 

      3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I have a Zazzle account but I never did much with it. I didn't know that they also have greeting cards. Like you, I also have a creative side and this idea interests me. Of all the options that you talk about, I think letting another company fulfill the orders is the way to go, such as with Zazzle or Cafe Press. That way you continue to receive residual royalties.

      I don't like the idea of selling a design outright because even though you get a lump sum payment, that's the last payment you'll see, and you don't on the design anymore.

      Nevertheless, everyone has their own agenda and their own ways of doing business — depending on how much work they want to put into it. You definitely gave a lot of options to consider.

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