How to become a Greeting Card Maker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: December 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Greeting card makers create unique craft-based ranges of cards including birthday, Christmas, wedding, anniversary and thank you cards.

Cards are typically crafted using a range of different techniques, including calligraphy, hand-drawn or painted illustrations, computer-designed images, digital printing and traditional craft printing methods. Many card makers use unusual materials such as handmade paper, fabric, satin and silk ribbon, appliqu├ęd shapes (which are pieces of fabric that are stuck on to cards) and crystal beads.

Most greeting card makers supply their products to trade customers such as stationers and card and gift shops. However, many retail directly to consumers via online marketplaces such as Etsy, Folksy, eBay and Amazon, or from their own e-commerce websites. Some also sell to consumers at craft fairs and from local market stalls.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a greeting card maker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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