Online Groups for Greeting Card and Art Licensing Professionals


I often read or use these resources to get tips and advice from other greeting card designers. I have found them to be helpful in my greeting card and design business.



GREETING CARD GROUPS


Greeting Card Designers
A community forum for professionals in the greeting card industry.



Linkedin Greeting Card, Stationery and Gift Industry Gurus
Networking links of sales, marketing, product development and sourcing people from these related industries and to help entrepreneurs gain access to industry knowledge and 'how to's."


Greeting Card Professionals
The worldwide default network for publishers, distributors, designers, buyers, developers, (online) retailers and anyone else relevant in the business. Feel free to join and don't forget to invite your colleagues and business relations.



Greeting Card Network
A network of professionals involved in the Greeting Card business including the creative and production processes, sales, distribution, networking, social marketing and general promotion of the long standing traditition of sending greeting cards for all occasions including, but not limited to, Birthday Cards, Holiday Cards, Christmas Cards, Thank You Cards, Anniversary Cards, Get Well Cards, Sympathy Cards, Congratulatory Cards and more.



Greeting Card Professionals
The Independent Greeting Card Professionals Association is composed of working professionals--and beginning professionals--who create and sell greeting cards retail or wholesale, at craft fairs or trade shows, or via the Internet. Members produce work in a variety of greeting card genres.






ART LICENSING GROUPS


Art of Licensing
A LinkedIn networking group dedicated to Artists, Illustrators, Designers, Product Manufacturers, and Licensing Agents in the ART LICENSING industry.


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Yahoo Group Art of Licensing
A SPECIAL FORUM dedicated to Artists, Illustrators, Designers, Product Manufacturers, and Licensing Agents in the ART LICENSING industry.






MORE GROUPS TO CHECK OUT


Escape for Illustration Island
Illustration Resource Website and Podcast devoted to helping artists to connect and communicate with fellow creators.


Scbwi
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators


Art & Design Lounge
help Artists and Designers advance their careers and business goals helping them make vital new business contacts.




Stationery Trends
Facebook group for the magazine focused on the products, designers and inspiration that make up the stationery, greeting card and gift industry.






TWITTER RESOURCES


Stationery Show
Leading trade show for the social stationery industry.


Surtex
Selling and licensing art and design for every product, every industry.


Greeting Card Designer
Tips and resources for Card Designer and Writers .



 More Resources


Online Greeting Card Class
I have collaborated with skillshare.com to create an online course on Getting into the Greeting Card Business.  The content is based on my experience of working in the industry for over 20 years, and from publishing over 1,000 cards. Class is self-paced with student/teacher feedback on your final project in the gallery.
 
Register here. 


Topics Covered:
  • The fundamentals of professional card design.
  • Transforming art into a greeting card.
  • Writing sentiments.
  • Making designs "market-ready" according to industry standards.
  • Top selling occasions.
  • How to turn one card into a larger "collection".
  • How to make a card out of any image.
  • Handmade cards.
  • Where and how to sell cards (including online).
  • Licensing art on cards.
  • Manufacturing and distributing nationally.



Greeting Card Books
You can support this blog by ordering Kate's e-Booklets that are a compilation of different articles on this blog starting at only .99 cents! They can be read on your kindle, ipad, ipod, cellphone, or your computer. Free samples and lending options available. You can also view the list of all recommended greeting card books by a variety of authors.



Get Your Greeting Cards into Stores: Find and Work with Sales Reps
If you already make your own greeting cards, Get Your Greeting Cards Into Stores is a book that explains how to get them into stores and sell them sell nationwide. Included are guidelines on: how to price your cards for a profit, how to get professional feedback, where to find a sales representative and and what industry standards you should follow. All the information is also applicable to gift items, such as magnets, journals, calendars, collectibles, etc.





Unusual Ways to Market Your Cards and 22 places to get featured.
Booklet on Unusual Ways To Market Greeting Cards, and 22 places to get your designs featured. A 20 page booklet on how to get your cards noticed in non-traditional ways. Everything from why you should send cards to your dentist, to how to get special features in national publications. Great tips for designers who are starting out and want to get their cards into the hands of people beyond friends and family. Special Section: Submissions guidelines and contacts for 22 Gift Industry publications and professional gift industry blogs that seek out new greeting card designs to feature for free. (5,000 Words and 17 greeting card images included)



7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make
Booklet on 7 Mistakes Greeting Card Writers Make A list of 7 things to avoid when submitting greeting card verse to publishers. Includes a list of card publishers and their guidelines, links to writer interviews, articles, card samples and other current resources. 20-page booklet and 2,300 words and 8 Pages of Card Samples.





20 Steps to Art Licensing
Booklet on 20 Steps to Art Licensing that is a list of suggested steps to to take for getting into art licensing. How to license your art to companies that publish greeting cards, and manufacture coffee mugs, magnets, wall hangings, kitchen items, and dozens of other gift items. This booklet covers 20 basic steps from how to prepare your art, to what companies to contact. It includes topics on: How to find agents, classes and what trade shows to attend. There are extensive resources on social media, licensing community groups, and lists of interviews with professional designers (5,200 words).

20 do's and don'ts on your website

This article is a practical and clear list of basic things an artist should think about when creating a functional--and not good looking--website. Check it out.

Here's and excerpt:

It’s a proven fact that sign up forms with more than 3 items (usually – name, email & one other item) will have a significantly lower sign up rate than the easier forms. People HATE doing things for too long – so don’t over complicate things. Make things as easy as possible for your readers by pretending a 4 year old will be viewing it. It definitely helps get things out in the open where they need to be.

50 Free Vintage Photoshop Brushes

Here is a sampling. Go to Article to download and see the rest.

Legal Note: Artists should investigate the legalities and/or get permission to use any brush sets on any mass produced item.

Vintage Brushes 1

Photoshop Vintage Brushes

This set includes several brushes.

Old Letter

Photoshop Vintage Brushes
Consists of several brushes.

Vintage Picture Brushes

Photoshop Vintage Brushes
Several brushes are included in this set.

Stamp Brushes

Photoshop Vintage Brushes
Fifteen plus brushes are included in this set.


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Free Webinars

Just discovered these free webinars by Office Depot called the "Web Cafe". They all sounds interesting to me. What I like about these, is they have a free archive of past seminars, unlike most organizations who tend to charge a fee for past episodes.

If anyone has any opinions or experience with them, leave a comment.



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