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 GCDblog@gmail.com



Air Waves

Artaissance

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

Art in Motion

African Art Products

Arts Uniq'

The Art Group

Ad-Lines

Allport Editions

Andrews McMeel

Abacus

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

Bonartique

Bayview Press

Cardmakers

Canadian Art Prints

Chronicle Books

Cape Shore

Crown Point Graphics


*flat fees.

Caspari

C.R. Gibson

Comstock Cards
(guidelines: production@cmpmarket.com )

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

eeBoo

Fiddlers Elbow

Fotofolio

Freedom Greeting Cards

Fidget Club Cards

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

Gibson and Holt

Galaxy of Graphics

Grove
Pays artist 10% for each product sold

Garven
(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

Gallison/Mudpuppy


Hollins Gifts

Hotchpotch

Hay House

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

It Takes Two

Intercontintental Art
(Scroll down to Submission guidelines)

JQ Greetings

Kurtovich
email art samples to kevin@kkprod.co.nz 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

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

Merritt USA

M.Middleton

Mudpuppy Press

Marian Heath

Nouvelles Images

Nobleworks
(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

Pomegranate

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.

teNeues

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

Winndevon

White Wolf

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

 More Resources


1. Greeting Card Design Newsletter:
Receive in your email inbox. Topics include: Greeting Card News • Design Tips • Events • Interviews • Books and Resources • Design Examples • Companies seeking new art.

Newsletter Sign up!
Card trends and tips.




2. Take a 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.



3. 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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17 comments :

Elizabeth Tilak said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource. Elizabeth Tilak

Karen Embry said...

Kate, You are awesome! Great job putting this together! Thank you!

Msartist said...

Thanks for sharing your directory and wonderful inspiring artists. ~Theresa

Wimzie Prints said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been looking for a guide like this.

Jeanne Nelson said...

I just found your blog, and what a great blog it is! I'm not prepared to license any products...yet. But what a great resource you've shared here! Thanks, Kate!

Beth Parker said...

Thank you so much for doing all of this work, Kate. I appreciate every single artist that contributed! Thank you! Your blog just keeps me coming back for more!

ifneedb.com said...

Fabulous! What a help! Thank YOU.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is breathtaking and your generosity is angelic. I haven't done anything with licensing yet, but if I ever do, I'll have you to thank.

Debra Cortese said...

Fabulous resource! Thanks to all for sharing and Kate for creating this. I'm totally absorbed with preparing to exhibit at Surtex in May and finding this directory inspires me to keep moving forward ;-)

P.L. Frederick said...

Thank you, thank you for the Art Licensing Directory Project. You've saved me hours, no, YEARS of research. My best to you all!

P.L. Frederick (Small & Big)

iheartpencils said...

Thank you Kate for such a generous posting.

I hope you get back all that you give :)
Best wishes
Karen

Kim said...

Wow... this is so helpful! Thank you, Kate — you're an angel!

Anonymous said...

Goddess Greetings
Greeting cards, prints, notepads and all things goddess!
http://www.goddessgreetings.com/licensing.html

Angela said...

Thanks for a great post Kate. What a great help and resource.

Karen Bumgarner said...

What great resources for print/textile artists. Does anyone have ideas to find companies that license 3-D art? I'm a sculptor, getting ready for my first trade show in Atlanta, and am at a loss at finding licensing companies that I can email invitations to visit me at my booth. Any help is appreciated!

Impressions by Jackie said...

Wonderful resource for card designer. I am an a watercolor artist and I own my own hand painted card company. I have been in business for 10 years. My cards are sold on line as well as in several shops in CT. Would like to expand.
www.impressionsbyjackie.com

Shannon B said...

Thank you so much!

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