Venues for Selling Greeting Cards Online


As the greeting card industry changes, I've noticed a dramatic expansion of cards being sold online in a variety of ways: through apps, crowdsourcing, Print-on-demand, and eStores.

These are venuse for card designers to sell cards, and others seek out submissions from designers. This list is a result of recommendations by people who have used them.

*Please note:  Website links can often change.  If you find an error, please email Greeting Card Designer Blog with the correction.



eStores: Artist to Consumer Venues

These companies usually allow an artist to post their cards on their site and then when a customer orders, the artist makes and ships the cards.

Etsy
http://www.etsy.com/
 Artist sets price and ships product. Artist pays fees for website usage and sales commission.

Lilyshop
http://www.lilyshop.com/
Artist sets price and ships product. Artist pays site a sales commission.

Bonanza
http://www.bonanza.com/
Artist sets price and ships product. Artist pays site a sales commission.

Written Cards
www.WrittenCards.com
Submission Guidelines: http://www.writtencards.com/how-it-works.html

LOL Cards
http://www.lolcard.co.uk/index.php
Submissions: http://www.lolcard.co.uk/submit-card_design.php 
10% Commission.



Print on Demand Card Venues (POD)

These companies allow artists to post card designs on their website.  When a customer orders, the POD company makes and ships the cards.

Greeting Card Universe
http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/
Submit: http://www.greetingcarduniverse.com/about/questions.asp
Artist is paid percentage of units sold.

Cafe Press
http://www.cafepress.com/
Submit: http://www.cafepress.com/uploaddesign
Artist receives profit after manufacturing cost.  Some fees apply for premium memberships.

Zazzle
http://www.zazzle.com/ 
Submit: http://www.zazzle.com/sell
Artist receives royalty from sales. POD that sells everything you could think of. Free to set up and sell, Set your own pricing, and return policy. Had good results with very little work.

Zoggin
http://www.zoggin.com/index.php

Society6
www.society6.com
iPhone cases, tshirts, art prints, notecards, tote bags

Fine art America
www.fineartamerica.com
Allows one to sell originals or prints. You can also use their marketing services and POD.

Moo
http://us.moo.com/
Allows you to print different greeting cards on every card in the run (starts at 25)

Red Bubble
http://www.redbubble.com/


App Makers

These companies usually sell cards through apps on mobile devices. Designs are usually curated and selected by the app makers. Many companies allow the customer to write card text and pay to have it mailed, stamped and sent to the recipient. Many of the app makers also have a companion website for ordering.


Felt
http://www.feltapp.com/
Send an email to design@feltapp.com
Your email should include: 6 card designs and a short statement about why your creative genius and why Felt app is a good fit for you.

Thankster
http://www.thankster.com/
submit: http://www.thankster.com/contents/view/submit_yours

Just Wink
https://www.justwink.com/app
Submit to American Greetings http://corporate.americangreetings.com/contact.html

FStop
http://www.fstopimages.com/
License: http://www.fstopimages.com/pages/license-images/
Submit: http://www.fstopimages.com/pages/submit/



Additional Card App Companies  (Guidelines Not Available At This Time):

Sincerely http://sincerely.com/contact
Red Stamp https://www.redstamp.com/
Artogram http://www.artogramapp.com/  
Ecard Express http://www.ecardexpress.ca/
Bucketlabs http://www.bucketlabs.net/  
Cartolina http://www.cartolinaapps.com/
fStop http://www.fstopimages.com/fcardsinfo/



Call-Outs

These companies post projects by clients who are looking for a designer. Theses companies have greeting card and stationery categories.

* Design Crowd
http://www.designcrowd.com/
Submissions: http://designers.designcrowd.com/stationery
Has a stationery category.

99 Designs
How to submit your designs.
Connecting designers to freelance work.




Crowdsourcing

These companies usually curate what designs they promote.  They often have design challenges for artists and will feature, print and sell a design based on what their website fans vote for.

Minted
http://www.minted.com/
Submissions: http://www.minted.com/contest
Cash award plus 6% royalty.

ModCloth
Type in "cards" in the search bar.
http://www.modcloth.com/
Submissions:http://blog.modcloth.com/category/news-contests/

Threadless
https://www.threadless.com/




Do you know of additional online greeting card venues?  Send to Greeting Card Designer Blog.



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