Art Licensing Directory Project

The Art Licensing Directory Project is a list of artist's submission guidelines for companies that purchase and license art for gifts and greeting cards.  -Kate

Read Articles on How to License Your Designs to Companies:

Product Manufacturer's Art Submission Guidelines

Compiled and Updated by Kate Harper
See any errors? Have any Additions? Email it

Air Waves


Antioch Publishing
(Go to: “About us”, then “Art Work Submissions” .)

Art in Motion

African Art Products

Arts Uniq'

The Art Group


Allport Editions

Andrews McMeel


Artists To Watch

Avanti Press
(Look under contact+submission guidelines)

Amber Lotus

Borders Unlimited
(See bottom of page.)

Brown Trout publishers

Barrington Studios

Bentley Publishing Group

Brush Dance


Bayview Press


Canadian Art Prints

Chronicle Books

Cape Shore

Crown Point Graphics

*flat fees.


C.R. Gibson

Comstock Cards
(guidelines: )

Calypso Cards

Courage Cards

Designer Greetings
*look under "opportunities" tab

Dayspring Cards

Daisy Company

Decal Girl

Design Design

Design Works International

Design Ideas

Editions Limited

Elsa L


Fiddlers Elbow


Freedom Greeting Cards

Fidget Club Cards

(Scroll down to "Becoming a GelaSkins Artist.")

Gibson and Holt

Galaxy of Graphics

Pays artist 10% for each product sold

(No specific guidelines but has contact for "freelance art" submissions.)

Graphique de France
(Scroll to bottom of page to "Art Submissions")

Gift Wrap Company

Great Arrow Graphics

Gina B


Hollins Gifts


Hay House

Icon Shoes
(Scroll down to "how are images selected")

It Takes Two

Intercontintental Art
(Scroll down to Submission guidelines)

JQ Greetings

email art samples to for approval, and they present to buyers.

Koala Publising

LPG Greetings

The Lang Company
(Scroll down to "Art Submissions")

Leanin' Tree

Legacy Greetings

Leisure Arts

Masterpiece Puzzles

Moda Fabric

Madison Park Greetings

(Scroll down to "Where can I submit artwork?")

Merritt USA


Mudpuppy Press

Marian Heath

Nouvelles Images

(bottom of homepage)

Oatmeal Studios Artist Guidelines

Oopsy Daisy

Phoenix Trading

Pine Ridge Art
(Scroll down to "General FAQ.")

Paper Products Design

Papyrus (Same as Recycled Paper Greetings)

P. Graham Dunn

Pictura, Inc.

Plaid Craft

Planet Zoo

Pumpernickel Press

Peaceble Kingdom Press

Peter Pauper Press


Palm Press Photography

Paper Rose

Paper House

P.S. Greetings/Fantus

RSVP Sellers

Robert Kaufman

Recycled Paper Greetings (Same as Papyrus)

Shamrock Gift Wrap

Smart Alex

Salt and Pepper

Sassy Switches
(Scroll down to "Innovative Design" in bold letter.)

SunsOut, Inc.


Trends International

Tate and Company
Request to be on their email list.

Toland Home Garden

Tree Free

Up with Paper

Unicorn Graphics

US Games

UK Greetings

Vigo Productions

Warner Press


White Wolf

York WallcoveringsWallpaper
(Fill out form and select "art submission inquiry" and you will receive a pdf.)

 More Resources

Take a Greeting Card Class
I have collaborated with 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).

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