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MAKE MONEY WRITING GREETING CARDS FROM HOME: Ideas, Markets & Submission Guidelines

Updated on February 28, 2015
Greeting cards are still very popular today!
Greeting cards are still very popular today! | Source

Make Money From Home Writing Greeting Cards

If you enjoy writing, what about checking out the greeting card market? Having your work published on a greeting card is a huge delight! It can be quite rewarding and does not require an extensive amount of time.

Writing greeting cards is different from other types of freelance opportunities. You don’t have to spend hours researching a topic. Nor do you have to have to worry about such things as SEO (search engine optimization) or finding the perfect keywords. You simply need to be able to write short, catchy text that is marketable and memorable. So what’s next . . .

Go Shopping

Every greeting card company has its own unique mission. Go shopping and spend time at different kinds of places that sell greeting cards: book stores, grocery stores, specialty shops, museums, florists, pet shops, etc . . . wherever you can get your hands on greeting cards. View a large variety. Be sure to turn the card over to check out the different publishers.

What's Your Style?

Think about which voice suits you best? What is your style? Are you a person who would be good at writing inspiring types of messages? Are you great at writing about love and happiness? Do you have a sarcastic side? Do you enjoy making people laugh? Would you like to write humorous messages with a twist? One liners? Or maybe you would be great at writing sincere cards expressing sympathy and such? Or cards specifically for birthdays or holiday occasions? Think about your ideas also being printed on items such as magnets and bumper stickers. Get a feel for what interests you most and take notes.

Important Books All Writers Should Keep On Hand

Simply browsing through these books, not necessarily for their intended purpose, can generate a flood of new ideas!

1) a dictionary

2) a thesaurus

3) a rhyming dictionary

Generating Ideas

Ideas are EVERYWHERE! Greeting cards are a way to communicate. Listen to verbal and non-verbal communications around you. You may get an idea when you go for a walk in your neighborhood. Or maybe when you are sitting at a doctor’s office reading a magazine. What feelings and thoughts come up when you are around loved ones? Did something funny happen today that could be turned into an idea? Did you give someone a compliment today? Put your feelings into words for a greeting card.

Brainstorm! Let your mind wander. And write, write, write your ideas down!

People still enjoy receiving greeting cards in the mail.
People still enjoy receiving greeting cards in the mail. | Source

Common Greeting Card Themes

  • Thank you
  • Congratulations
  • Affection
  • Happy Birthday
  • Love
  • Encouragement
  • Apology
  • Advice
  • Sympathy
  • Bon Voyage
  • Get well
  • Thinking of you
  • Admiration
  • Missing you
  • Motivation
  • Appreciation


Greeting Card Markets and Guidelines

As with any writing market, each has a specific set of guidelines to follow. To get you started, I’ve compiled a list of some greeting card companies that are currently accepting submissions. Keep in mind that there are hundreds of avenues for writers in the greeting card industry. Each company that I chose to list includes a link to their specific guidelines. If information regarding payment was obtainable, it has been listed below. I’ve also included whether or not the company accepts email and/or online submissions.

Carefully following the company’s guidelines will increase your chances for success.


>>>BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS GREETING CARDS

Pays $300 per poem for worldwide, exclusive rights and $50 per poem for one-time use in a book.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Email submissions accepted.


>>>COMSTOCK MARKETPLACE

Pays $50 per idea for exclusive rights.

Publishes (outrageous and sexual) adult humor.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Email submissions accepted.


>>>DESIGNER GREETINGS

Produce of greeting cards, gift bags, etc.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

No online submissions.


>>>EPHEMERA-Inc.

Pay $50 per slogan for exclusive rights.

Producer of novelty buttons, magnets, bumper stickers and more.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Online submissions accepted.


>>>J.Q. GREETINGS

Producer of beautiful outdoor related cards.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Email submissions accepted.


>>>KALAN (SubmitFunnyStuff)

Pays $75-$150 for exclusive rights.

Producer of wholesale novelty products, mainly distributed at Spencer Gift Stores.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Online submissions accepted.


>>>MOONLIGHTING CARDS

Pays $25 for non-exclusive rights.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

Online submissions accepted.


>>>OATMEAL STUDIOS

Producer of greeting cards and note pads.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

No online submissions.


>>>RECYCLED PAPER GREETINGS (An American Greetings Company)

Looking for artwork AND written words together. Will not accept one without the other.

Click HERE for submission guidelines.

No online submissions.

Keep In Mind

The average person will decide in just seconds if they want to buy a particular card. It must instantly catch their attention.

Did You Know?

  • The custom of sending greeting cards dates back over 500 years ago and is traced to the early Egyptians who conveyed greetings on papyrus scrolls and to the ancient Chinese who celebrated the New Year with messages of good will.
  • The oldest known greeting card still in existence today is a Valentine card from the 1400’s. It is on display at the British Museum.
  • This new wave of social expression caught on with Europeans during the 1400’s. Of course, all greeting cards were hand-delivered at that time.
  • In 1840, greeting cards became popular with the invention of the postage stamp. A greeting card could be sent for one penny. In addition, enhanced printing methods were coming about. Click HERE to learn about the Penny Black ~ the first postage stamp.
  • Louis Prang is known as the father of the American Christmas card. He opened a lithographic shop with $250 in 1875 and published the first line of U.S. Christmas cards.
  • Vintage greetings cards are highly collectible.
  • American Greetings Corporation was founded in 1906 and is the largest producer of greeting cards in the United States.

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Acceptance and Rejection

If your ideas are accepted, this is certainly time to be proud and celebrate!

If your ideas are rejected, do NOT give up. Do NOT take it personally as there are many reasons a submission may be rejected.

Of course, rejection doesn’t feel good. But it is part of the wonderful business of writing.

Best wishes!

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      marellen 6 years ago

      Sharyn...never thought of greeting cards before...might be worth it though. Thanks for the fun hub and super informative....

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a great idea! sometimes when the mood strikes me and it is someone that I know about to have a birthday I will write a poem for that individual. But will check out these links....Thanks so much!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi marellen,

      I do think it may be a great alternative when writer's block takes over . . . to try doing something more simple such as greeting cards.

      Thank you for your comments!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks Susan,

      That is a wonderful idea . . . I've wrote a poem for an individual before as a greeting card too. It's such a personal and loving gift. Thanks for stopping by!

      Have a great weekend,

      Sharyn

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      Lidian 6 years ago

      I have never thought of doing this but - you are totally inspiring me with useful info (just the way i like to be inspired!) I am bookmarking your Hub, too :)

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      dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for listing all of these! I have submitted to Recycled Greetings (American Greetings) for over a year now and yes, they are tough wanting both art and works. I will certainly check into the others. Thanks for passing this on:)

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Lidian,

      It's great to meet you. Thanks for your kind comments. I do hope this hub inspires you with the quick links ~ if you do give it a try, please let me know how it goes.

      Sharyn

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago from Indiana

      Sharyn, what a nice collection of information! This is a great idea...it seems like greeting cards are one print medium that might not go by the wayside, even with all the e-card services out there!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi DallasWriter,

      Thanks for stopping by. I saw your hub on you getting a publishing contract ~ WAY TO GO! I just met you yet I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU. You should be very proud, congratulations! I look forward to hearing about your journey. Good Luck!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Dear D.A.M.,

      How are you? It does seem like greeting cards are still a huge market. I'm glad! Honestly, I don't like the e-card services. Now most make you sign up and "pay." I like having that card in my hand to look at later.

      Hey, since I didn't get my infamous "new hubs by your favorite authors" email today (which I'm assuming no one got it), I didn't check out your daily bucket list. I really miss it but I like to follow along in the email to make sure I don't miss something I really want to read. So, I'll double read ya tomorrow :)

      Have a good nite!

      Sharyn

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      Carolyn Gibson 6 years ago from Boston

      Wow! So much useful information. Thank you.

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for some great ideas and useful information. I enjoy reading dictionaries for fun. You're right, a dictionary could provide good writing ideas!

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      dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you Sharyn's Slant. By the way, enjoyed your profile page. Very humerous. I am not so sure I am excited as I am still waiting to see if it is a legitatmate offer. We shall see.... Soooo good to meet you too and thanks for following:)

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Carolyn,

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a thoughtful comment.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi AliciaC,

      I'm so glad you found this information useful. And reading dictionaries . . . it's so true that you can get ideas just by browsing. Thanks, have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Dallas,

      Thank YOU! Been thinking about changing the profile pic ~ will do it some day. Good luck to you! Will be following . . .

      Sharyn

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      dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Yea, don't be in a rush! How I feel, how I see myself and what I really look like make an interesting picture. As complicated and deep as the writing many of us do, how silly is it to think that it would be easy to take a good profile pic! Thanks for the note:)

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      Jeanastra 6 years ago

      VOTED UP! Great hub and I'm inspired to check out the possibilities. Thank you!!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      A friend of mine is submitting to the greeting card companies. I don't think I have what it takes. My writing tends tobe out there... But I may submit some of my artwork. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey DW,

      No rush in changing the pic. I understand what you are saying . . .

      S

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Jeanastra,

      I hope you do check them out. Let me know if you decide to submit something and how it goes. Thanks for the vote!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hyphenbird,

      Thanks for stopping by. I do believe that some greeting cards companies are looking for "outrageous" and "out there" kinds of stuff. You may be surprised. Have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Ok now I wanna go make some greeting cards. Excellent hub Sharyn! I really have always wanted to make them by hand. I love sending cards/postcards to friends.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Wow Sharyn, I am impressed! What a hub! Very well done, SE friendly and quite a lot of information! I always thought about a card making business because of the prices they charge for those adorable cards that seem like they would be easier to make. Rated up!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kel,

      Thanks for your comments. Making cards by hand can be fun but very time consuming. I received a handmade Christmas card this past year from an old neighbor. I couldn't believe how detailed and beautiful it was. I felt honored to receive it as no doubt it took lots of time to create. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Kath,

      THANKS so much for your awesome comments. I am learning and trying to use all the tools that I can. Thanks for noticing and for your vote. "Talk" to you soon.

      Sharyn

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I know someone who makes them beautifully - incredible detail! While I admired them, I was working full time so I had to rely on Hallmark:) I've got extra time these days though so I'm glad you reminded me. I'm gonna make some with dirty words in them:) lol!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Go for it Kel. Maybe you can start your own line too. And then maybe get them added to the Cafe Press?

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Haha! Awesome idea Sharyn! That's why I just love you!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      :) @ Kel

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      AllisonSchnur 6 years ago from Orlando

      New Career Path!!!! Seriously, this is one of the best ideas I've seen in a while. I want to write children's books one day, and this would be a great way to spark my inspirational thinking. Thanks!!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Allison,

      Nice to meet you and welcome to HubPages! I appreciate your kind comments and am glad that you are "inspired." Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Sharyn~~ This is a fabulous resource and I will keep in my "reference library"... I love making cards at this point for pleasure/ scrapbooking type for friends... such a lost art to send a handwritten note of appreciation and love... for a special day!

      Voted UP, USEFUL & AWESOME...!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Mar,

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you found this resourceful! There is nothing like receiving an unexpected card to make you feel special! Have a great day ~ thanks for the votes!

      Sharyn

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      Celiegirl 6 years ago

      Thank you!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Celiegirl,

      Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      pinkydoo 6 years ago from New York

      This is such an interesting hub! It is literally packed FULL of information! I bet everyone who read this is now thinking of something clever or cute that they could put on a greeting card. I know I am!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Pinky,

      Thanks for such wonderful comments. I'm glad you found it so informative. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Sharyn,

      This was great! Since I am retiring I may have to check this out for alittle extra cash..that would be so neat. I had thought of this way back but never knew where to start..so thank you for a great hub.

      Sunnie

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Sunnie,

      Thanks for your comments.

      Your gentle and inspiring way of writing would be great for Blue Mountain Arts submissions. Seriously! I really think you should check it out. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      I sure will..a month and half until I am retired..Yikes!! I better get busy..Thanks so much!

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Sharyn...

      Great Hub! I've always entertained the idea of writing Greeting Cards, but never knew where to start...until now! (:

      Thank you for sharing this valuable info with the rest of us!

      Take care,

      Diana

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Diana,

      Thank you for your thoughtful comments. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Diana Owens 6 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

      Thanks Sharyn,

      I hope YOU are enjoying your weekend too! (:

      Diana

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      SUSIE405 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      Sounds like a great idea for a business.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susie,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I believe that once you get your foot in the door, writing greeting cards could be a steady business. Have a great evening!

      Sharyn

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great info. I am wondering how you found out about all this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello toknow,

      Thanks for stopping by. I've always been interested in the greeting card market and did some research . . . There is a ton of information out there. Have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Sharyn, I find this fascinating. When I was young, my Mom and I (who both enjoyed writing) speculated about writing for greeting cards, but never took it any further than that. You actually did the research! This is something I might try.

      Thank you so much for a very informative, engaging article. Great job!

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      Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

      Sorry for the double comment ... my computer got stuck. Take care! btw, I am stumbling this ... love it!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello PrairieP,

      Thanks so much for your comments. Please let me know how it goes if you do try it out!

      Sharyn

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Fantastic collection of information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you so much KKG for reading and your kind comment. Have a great evening!

      Sharyn

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      viveresperando 6 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      very informative!

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you VIVE ~ glad you found it informative. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Brande M. Eburn 6 years ago from Florida

      Really awesome Hub - I'm following you - thanks for providing so much info! Love the pop of humor - it makes the article that much more engaging. Cant wait to read your other articles

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Brande,

      What an awfully sweet comment. Thank you so much. I'm glad you like the pop of humor, that seems to be what always comes out from me i.e., a little sarcasm. I'm going to check out your stuff too. Welcome to HubPages!

      Sharyn

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      LoopyGem 6 years ago from Canada

      Awesome hub!! I had so many ideas written down in notebooks, I had actually considered making my own greeting cards...this could be a lot simpler! I checked out the links and they sound pretty simple...thanks again! :)

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Loopy,

      It's great to meet you. Glad you liked this hub! I also have all kinds of ideas written down in notebooks for greeting cards. I have submitted years ago ~ the old fashion way by US mail. It's a lot easier today. Good luck!

      Sharyn

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      Denise Horn 6 years ago

      Good idea about greeting cards. However I am not gived with words or art. Does anyone know of an organization or groups that need people to send out cards to people that are home bound? I would like to be a sender of cards to people. If anyone has any ideas of organizations that need help in that way email me at prettywheels@webtv.net

      Denise

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks for stopping by. That's a good idea. What about checking with doctor's or dentist's offices. Think about a medical office that does surgeries. Maybe you could be responsible for sending a get well card to the patient after surgery that would come from the doctor's office and staff. Or any type of business that would want to send a thank you note or card. If I think of something else, I'll email you. Good luck!

      Sharyn

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      jpaulghetto63 6 years ago from Detroit

      food for thought. I send a lot of virtual cards. composing them is a great idea. ty

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello jpaul,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope you do try composing greeting cards. Believe it or not, it's still a big market. Have a great night!

      Sharyn

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      truthfornow 6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I had no idea these opportunities were out there. I am excited to give greeting cards a try.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Truth,

      I'm glad you stopped by and am happy to hear that you will give greeting cards a try. It's a fun writing alternative. Good luck!

      Sharyn

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      LULU SUE1987 6 years ago

      Thanks for these great resources. I may just try this.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello LuLu,

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      kimberlyslyrics 6 years ago

      Sharyn's Slant

      I am so excited! I have 3 lines of greeting cards, my favorite hobby I admit. This hub has given me lots of great information and excited with new ideas!

      Thank you indeed

      up/useful/awesome and shared!

      Kimberly

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Kimberly,

      I am so glad you found this information useful. Thank you for your awesome comments. Wishing you the best!

      Sharyn

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      brandrocker 6 years ago

      Good hub. Keep it up.

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thank you brandrocker ~ I appreciate you stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Very good hub. Voted up and useful! Well written and informative. Wonder if a man could do this...

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      Sharon Smith 6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello samsons1,

      OF COURSE!!! A male might even be better at writing greeting cards. Try it and let me know how it goes.

      I appreciate you stopping by~thank YOU!

      Sharyn

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I enjoy reading greeting cards just for a good laugh! I'm not a fan of the mushy ones....I feel those words should be written by the sender of the card. Just my opinion. VERY informative hub! Enjoyed the details and info!! Thanks! Voted UP!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning Sunshine,

      I could see how you'd like the humorous cards :) And I've never really thought of it that way, but yes, mushy cards should be handwritten by the all senders. I certainly have done that many many times. Thanks for the vote!!!

      Sharyn

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      This is great advice. I'm going to have to get on this. Thank you for the useful information.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Alecia,

      It's so great to meet you. I'm glad you found this useful. Writing greetings cards can be a lot of fun and not that time consuming. Thank you for your comment and awesome fan mail as well!

      Sharyn

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      Jenna Ditsch 5 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for writing this--it inspires me to try again. I've only submitted a few things three times and my stuff wasn't accepted. I think I kind of gave up too easily. I'll give it another try! :-)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning Seek-n-Find,

      I honestly think I gave up to easily too. It's the same as any type of writing submission, rejection is part of the game. And it's important to stay diligent. Thanks for your feedback (& fan mail and follow too :) Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

      Sharyn, this hub is SO helpful! I've been giving this very idea a great deal of thought lately, and haven't put a lot of effort into how to get started. Now, I find out that you've done it for me!

      GREAT hub! Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      You are SO welcome Michele!!! I'm really glad you found it useful. I checked all the links again and they are good to go. Please keep me posted on how it goes for you. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This is a really great idea! Thank you.

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      Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

      Will do! And, thanks again!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Jackie ~ Thanks for your feedback. Have a great day!

      Mo ~ :)

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      Renee 5 years ago

      This is another great idea and so useful, i mean this is something even students can work on...if artistic enough they may be accepted too. Thumbs up!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Marie-Renee,

      Great to see you again. Writing greeting cards is a fun idea because it doesn't require the kind of time it takes to write an article, etc. If you are a person who can write AND draw, that would be ideal. Thanks for your great feedback!

      Sharyn

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful suggestions. I always wanted to start my own quirky line of cards just for fun. You can't find these things anywhere.. for example.. Wow, you really messed up.. something with a sense of humor. You have inspired me to research further. :) Great hub!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tammy,

      Good, I'm glad this sparked your interest again. I always wanted to have my own line of greeting cards too. Also, just a thought I had today: What about starting an online, pay per use, greeting card line? I know there are a lot of these out there now, but maybe somehow it could have a unique twist? Just a thought - thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      JS Matthew 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow, this is great! I always wondered how to break into this market Sharyn! Thanks for sharing on FB! Bookmarking for further research!

      JSMatthew~

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      With all the hubbers who can create poetry, this is an excellent resource for making money. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi J.S.,

      Great to see you! I'm so glad you found this useful and bookmarked. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Alocsin,

      Very true! Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment.

      Sharyn

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      anjperez 5 years ago

      even if i wont get published to a greeting card, i will make it a habit to make beautiful "card like" messages. this is very inspiring. my day today is full of inspirations. i can't contain it.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Anj,

      Glad to hear you are feeling "inspired." I do think sometimes that inspiration and creativity can be exhausting, in a good way. Thanks for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Sharyn, I write for Oatmeal Studios, but have not submitted anything in a while. They bought a post-it note idea from me. Great Hub.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sharyn....This is a really great suggestion. about 30+ years ago I sent a greeting card sentiment in to "Blue Mountain Arts." I love their cards. I still remember how crushed I was when I received a letter from them that "although your work is blah blah blah..(all sorts of compliments) it does not conform to our current needs/market...blah blah blah"....they sent me a list of their directives and encouraged me to send in more work. They were really nice. But that was back when I was young and sensitive and got all huffy when rejected. SO I SHOWED THEM, DAMN IT, I NEVER SENT THEM ANYMORE!! And believe it or not, they didn't go out of business...that really ticked me off!

      Have you ever considered sending in stories or articles to the many magazines that accept free-lance work? I keep thinking of doing that...but haven't acted on it yet.

      Just for your own personal use, isn't there a program for computers that print cards? I'm not in the techno loop...but you can design your own card AND add your own message. That makes it really personal, which is nice.

      I'm just thinking that if you could do that, and then take your proto-type to be mass-reproduced...and then distributed. There's alot to it, but say you got $300.00 from Blue Mt. or another company...that's ALL you get..they make the money from selling thousands of cards, right? So, what if you could make all the money? You've already got the perfect name for your Greeting card business: "Sharyn's Slant"....Go for it girl! and Oh, yeah....if you do this? I get 20% of your first million for encouragement! Maybe an all-expense paid vacation to the destination of my choice...and a villa in............Effer!! Geez....too bad no one commented...I must have gone down 44 floors to get here!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Sharyn,

      This is so helpful. You really are such a great help to all of us! Thanks for sharing!

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      freelanceauthor 5 years ago

      wow, lots of resources here. Thanks a lot. Voted up

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kristine ~ great to see you here. How exciting to have something purchased from Oatmeal Studios. Thank you so much for your feedback!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thanks Sharyn, you've sparked me to submit some more ideas to Oatmeal Studios by you writing this Hub. I encourage others to take the plunge and write for greeting card companies because they really do pay.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Paula,

      I love Blue Mountain Arts cards as well. Many years ago, I sent in probably a half dozen submissions. I received a similar letter as you described that they were not interested in my work. BUT two of them, they moved on to the next steps in the process. I was quite excited. Silly me, I still have those letters after all these years. In the end of the "long process" my work was not chosen and of course, I was disappointed.

      I have sent in articles to magazines years ago. I had one published in a "recovery" magazine and my pay was credit of my name being published as the author. I was thrilled anyway. I also was awarded two separate assignments for a local magazine (years ago also) and I got paid $400 each plus travel expenses. Yes, I still have copies of those checks :) Honestly, you are really making me think about magazine article submission again. This online stuff is hard. Although I'm sure Google, Bing, etc. love it!

      Yes, there are programs where you can create your own greeting card on line. I haven't used them much. But I have often thought about my own line of greeting cards. And thanks for the compliment, I do like the name Sharyn's Slant. I never realized how important it really is when you are just starting out. I remember brainstorming a long list of name ideas and it took me a couple days to finally decide :)

      Thanks so much for your fun and inspiring comments. I will be sure that you get a "cut" if something changes.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Tammy,

      Thanks for checking this out. This is something you would be able to do while you are home with your little one. Good luck!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello freelanceauthor ~ thank you for your feedback and votes :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Kristine ~ I am so glad this sparked your interest again. Thank you also for encouraging others. Have a great day!

      Sharyn

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      Gracefulwriter 5 years ago from Northern Virginia

      I'm just beginning a writer's career so I'm open to all options. I find in my writing & with my children, I break-out in rhyme ... most any time (haha) Thanks.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Gracefulwriter ~ Thanks so much for stopping by. You really might enjoy trying to write greetings cards, especially when you are not in the mood to write something long and requires lots of research. Good luck!

      Sharyn

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      GiftedGrandma 5 years ago from USA

      Wonderful ideas...I have tons of photo but not great thought to go with them most of the time. I use Zazzle for most ideas like that.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Good Morning GG ~ nice to meet you. Thank you for your comments. I haven't checked out Zazzle but will do. Hope you have a beautiful day!

      Sharyn

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      sharon, thank thank you thank you. I'll be checkin out all these sites!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Justin ~ your welcome, your welcome, your welcome, ha. Please keep me informed as to how it goes if you try writing greeting cards. Thanks for checking it out!

      Sharyn

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      alston85 5 years ago

      Wow Sharyn! This hub was like a spark fo me. I have been wanting to write greeting cards for so long, but just haven't really dug in. I genuinely enjoy writing poems and have become the family go to person for special occasion poetry. Your coverage is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Alston85 ~ GREAT, so glad that this inspired you! Being the "go to" person for special occasion poetry for the family is SO COOL. I'm not sure how much you have written but you might want to consider putting your work in to "book form" for your family to preserve. You've actually inspired me too. Thank you and best wishes.

      Sharyn

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Good information. Thank you for sharing.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Lilleyth ~ I appreciate you stopping by to read and comment. Thank you,

      Sharyn

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Sharyn, I've often been told I could/should write greeting cards - I suppose this is my chance to see if I am really cut out for it. I didn't realize it miiiight be so easy! I am voting and sharing this :) Thanks for putting together the research and info.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I needed this hub, Sharyn! I love it! I actually submitted a few poems to Blue Mtn Arts and Country Living about 20 years ago...LOL. I would love to do greeting cares. I can be really sappy, or really sarcastic, so maybe there are a couple of places I can try. I'm going to print off your hub to remind myself to start looking into that. Thanks for writing this hub for me! Voted up and everything else! I think it's cool, too, that your poll shows that people still like to send greeting cards!

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      Capedium 5 years ago from Texas.

      This sounds too good to be true.. I have read this particular hub more than 5 times today!.. Very enlighten.. Is it really that simple.. Or there is more...

      By the way, thanks for sharing!

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      THEHuG5 5 years ago

      I've thought about writing greeting cards before. This is one of the most useful hubs I've seen so far on HP. Thanks for sharing this! Bookmarking and voting up :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Great information!! Voted up, away and bookmarked. This hub is sooo valuable and I appreciate the links you provided. YES!! Sharon - you are a hubbing gem. (HUGS)

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      Mary Krenz 5 years ago from Florida's Space Coast

      Wow, what a great idea! I used to make my own greeting cards and always wondered how to sell them, thanks for the info.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Absolutely Ardie ~ I bet you would be great at it. I'm so glad you appreciate all this information. Please let me know if you do try it and how it goes. Thanks so much for sharing this article. I've gotten lots of hits. You're the best!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ So you "need" this hub. I'm so glad you finally realized that I wrote this hub for YOU ;) That makes me feel great. I also have submitted to Blue Mountain Arts "way back then" too. Their process is quite long. You would be great at the silly/sarcastic genre, no doubt. Best wishes!!!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Capedium ~ Wow, thanks for such great feedback. I believe it really is that "simple." Certainly, it can be easy for many to do the writing. The submitting and waiting can be time consuming. But the good news is that there are still companies out there looking for our work. So I hope you do check it out and let me know how it goes. Good luck!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      TheHug5 ~ Your compliment means SO much to me. Thank you for your feedback and vote too. Very much appreciated!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cyndi ~ Great to see you! I am so happy that you found this information valuable. Thank you for your feedback, votes and bookmarking too. Hugs back atcha!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello janiek13 ~ it's great to meet you. I appreciate you stopping by to read and leave feedback. Thank you so much!

      Sharyn

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      Modern-stories 5 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks, it is really helpful. I am a new to all these and never considered making money from writing greeting cards. Thanks for the wake up call.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello Modern-stories ~ You are very welcome. I hope you are able to utilize my research. Best wishes!

      Sharyn

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      Sharyn, you have opened up so many opportunities for us by writing this hub. I have thought about writing pithy sayings for greeting cards, and you have given great resources. Just paying attention to what is being said on a daily basis is great advice. Thanks for sharing this information!

      Votes and Shares!

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      Deborah Turner 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona

      Thanks for the info and the links. I have considered it many times but have never followed through.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I too have considered writing for greeting cards, and would like to send in some photography to go with it. I never have followed through with it. Now that I have more information, I may do just that! Thank you so much for this very useful information! Voted up and useful! Have a great day! :)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Susan H ~ I do hope this hub opens up opportunities for others. I bet you would be great at writing greeting cards! Please keep me posted if you do try it and let me know how it goes. Thanks for your feedback, votes & shares!!!

      Sharyn

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      writeronline 5 years ago

      What a fulsome, inspirational Hub! I really like the idea of writing Greeting Cards, and as you say, just the mere fact that it's not important (yet...? God forbid,)to optimise verse for SEO, makes it appealing. Best have a go, methinks.

      PS: Loved the Steve Martin clip. I use that expression so much I write it as an acronym. (WGAS). Actually managed to get away with it as a running theme in a Hub I posted about how to cut the cost of living (gives you an idea of the tone..). Then again, maybe it's only still up because the moderators weren't paying attention. But hey, WGAS?

      Thanks again for all your helpful hints on becoming a Greeting Card writer.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello TheLastBabyBoomer ~ You are welcome. I hope this information helps with the follow through. Best wishes,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello sgbrown ~ I hope this information does prompt you to finally try writing greeting cards. My understanding is that companies like when a writer also submits artwork so your photography may go well with your submissions. Best of luck!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Garry ~ thanks for the great comments. You certainly know how to make me laugh! I do think you would be great at writing greeting cards, especially the silly/sarcastic type, ya know? I think you should check it out - good luck!

      Sharyn

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      caramellatte 5 years ago

      This is a cool hub! I always wanted to this.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Sharyn,

      You have packed so much good information into this hub for those who wish to give writing for greeting cards a try. Appreciate all of your hard work and I can tell by the number of comments that you are pleasing many people with this hub of yours. Voted up, useful and interesting. Thanks!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi caramellatte~ thanks, you should try it. I appreciate you stopping by. Best wishes!

      Sharyn

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Excellent! I'm gonna try this! Thanks!

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Peggy ~ Thanks for your great feedback. I do hope this article helps many out there get started writing greeting cards. Sometimes, we have an idea and just don't take the time to pursue it. Hopefully, my research will help. I appreciate your votes, thank you!

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Nare ~ If you do try it, please let us know how it goes. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Hi Sharon, This is a fantastic hub. I love how much detail you've provided here. I may just try writing greeting cards because it seems like so much fun. Voted up and shared. Kelley

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Super hub in every way. Glad this popped up due to kelleyward finding and sharing it. Sounds like the opportunities could be loads of fun for a writer and potentially profitable. I see that the comments began 16 months ago. Has any of the info been updated since then?

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great hub! This is really helpful and you even put all name of the companies . Thanks for sharing Sharyn's Slant I will try to submit too. Voted up and useful.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      I agree with others...this is worth a try. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the inspiration to think of other ways to practice the craft of writing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Writing for the greeting card industry sounds like a great idea. Sometimes the mood strikes to pump out a little poem, and it could be profitable. Thanks so much! Voted up and sharing for sure!

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      Xenonlit 4 years ago

      Thanks for such a fact filled and useful article! I would love to try this. Voted up and awesome!!

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      Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      Wow! I never knew that one could make money writing greeting cards. Awesome Hub, voted up and useful!

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Sharyn. What a wonderful idea! I've thought about writing for greeting cards, but I've never seriously pursued it. As a child, I loved designing pop-up cards for friends and family members. Maybe it's time to revisit that childhood passion. Thanks for the great leads!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Kelley ~ I'm so glad you appreciate this hub. I do hope you try writing greeting cards and let me know how it goes. Thanks for your feedback and for sharing this article.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello RTalloni ~ thanks so much for the compliments. Yes, this was written almost a year and a half ago. But I have more recently checked through it and made sure the companies that I list here are still good links and accepting submissions. There was one company that I did take out awhile back. I appreciate your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello ignugent17 ~ I hope you do try it out. The good thing about doing something like this is that it is much less time consuming. Good luck. Thanks for your votes!

      Sharyn

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      Elise-Loyacano 4 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      Nice that you did some footwork to include links to companies. That really ups the usefulness of the article. I also enjoyed the tidbits about the history of greeting cards.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      What an excellent hub well thought out well written and jam packed with useful information, it is an area I had not thought about until I read this hub, so thank you not only for the inspiration, but also for the information needed to follow through,

      I was particularly taken by the 'BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS GREETING CARDS' they seem to have everything going for them, the most important ones for me are that they accept submissions from outside the US and they accept online submissions.

      Thank you for providing the links and inspiration :D

      Voting up and hitting buttons as I leave

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      donnah75 ~ You are welcome. I'm glad I inspired you to try this.

      rebecca ~ I agree. Sometimes I feel like just writing a poem, and with the greeting card industry, that lil poem could turn into something profitable.

      Xenonlit ~ I am so glad you found this useful. Thank you for the votes!

      Anamika ~ Thanks so much for stopping by and for your votes.

      Annette ~ That is so cool that you used to design pop-up cards as a child. I think it might be a great idea to revisit that passion :)

      Elise ~ It's great to meet you. Thanks so much for your fan mail, follow, etc. I look forward to checking out more of your work as well. I enjoy your humor!

      Maggs ~ Wow, thanks for the compliments. I am so glad you found this useful and inspiring.

      Thank you all so much. I apologize for not leaving separate return comments which I usually do. I've been so busy and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      His princesz 4 years ago

      Just sooo glad to know these. It would be fun writing little things while making money. I so love cards and real letters. :) Maybe I will try those sometime. Thanks Sharyn ;)

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hello His princesz ~ I hope you do try this sometime. I think it's a nice change of pace for writers. Thank you so much for your feedback and follow too. Hope you have a great weekend!

      Sharyn

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Great, comprehensive hub, and I Would bookmark it if I could. :0) I'm going to try some of your suggestions. Thank you for putting this all together in one place.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Seafarer Mama ~ Thanks so much for your feedback. I'm so glad you found this useful. As far as bookmarking, just bookmark it in your browser (not HP). Thanks for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Malek Zarzour 4 years ago from Turkey, Istanbul

      voted up and interesting.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Joe ~ thanks for your feedback and votes!

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      Tim Mitchell 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Totally Awesome Sharyn! Sharing with friends and writers of Haiku and Haiga poems now. Thank you so much for taking the time to research this marvelous idea answering economic complexity with simplicity - do what you love and make a dollar too!

      Do have a nice day and allow the sunshine to warm the day as it rolls out like a new rug near to Athena's tapestry well weaved.

      tim

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      Mary Kelly Godley 4 years ago from Ireland

      Thanks for that, its a market I have often thought about trying but now I think I will look into it a bit more, now that I have some info to start with.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I've seen this one before--still something on the backburner for me that I might consider. I think it would be fun! Great hub!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Absolutely useful information for anyone in the freelance market, peddling their writing, which I am. I had considered greeting cards, started doing the research and then stopped. Thanks for doing such great work for me. :-)

      Take good care.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hey Tim ~ great to see you. Cool, thanks for sharing this with poetry writers. And I love "do what you love and make a dollar too." Very true. I hope all is well with you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi thewritingowl ~ Great! My hope is that those who have thought about writing greeting cards will find this information helpful in getting them started. Thanks you so much for stopping by. Good luck,

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Vicki ~ thanks for stopping by again. Let me know if you do consider writing greeting cards. I appreciate your feedback.

      Sharyn

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I enjoy giving and receiving greeting cards. I didn't know the industry was as lucrative as you have shown. It is totally worth it to give writing for greeting cards a try. Your tips and contact information are quite valuable.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Marlene ~ it's great to meet you. I'm so glad you found this information valuable. Please give me an update if you do give writing greeting cards a try. Thanks so much for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Cyndi ~ Thanks for the compliments. I'm glad this research will help you in your work. Best wishes,

      Sharyn

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Thanks Sharyn. I am going to give it a try. By the way, I pinned your hub so I could keep it as reference. I am really grateful for the time you spent researching and providing the information.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Aw, thanks Marlene! Good luck. Let me know how it goes.

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      May Galnou 4 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Hi Sharyn, thanks for this useful and interesting hub (voted up and checked both of these). Thanks for including links. Have bookmarked this hub to come back to another time. This is unrelated, but could I ask what the 'a' on a green background means on your profile? Thanks!

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      Reza Vergara 4 years ago from Orange County, CA.

      i have always been interested in how to get into this field now i know a ton more about how to do it, thanks for sharing and keep writing well !

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      MissJamieD 4 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      This is so cool! Thank you for sharing this information, I'm definitely going to look into this.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      for the first time ever i read an article of such kind, never thought before about writing greeting cards, its awesome, voted up, thanks for sharing

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      Swati Chandiramani 4 years ago from India

      Great Hub!! Nicely done with useful information!!! Would look out in this area for sure !! Thanks for sharing !! Voted up!

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      Marija 4 years ago

      Thanks for these great resources. I live in Srbia and we do not send a lot of card, but i love cards. :) Maybe I can do my own business.

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      Proud Foot 4 years ago

      This is brilliant, I will definitely look into getting something published here. Thank you for such an inspiring and useful hub!

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      Kierstin Gunsberg 4 years ago from Traverse City, Michigan

      Awesome! Great info, thanks for writing it = )

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      Sakhi Deshmukh 4 years ago from India

      Thank you so much for sharing..super informative..

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      dearmommy 4 years ago

      LOVE this idea. I often write poetry and my family/friends has joked that I should work for Halmark. :) Now maybe I can!!! Thanks for the great info... love this hub!!!

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! Excellent idea, I'm thinking this is something I might try with my husband. We can write together. Thanks for the idea and the information. Hadn't thought about it. Thumbs up, useful and awesome. Will share. Keep on hubbing!!

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      cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      What a fantastic hub!! I am so thrilled to have all this information in one place! Great job and I look forward to giving some of these companies a shot. :)

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      jaydene 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hello all it does sound like a great idea, A wonderful way as you say with writers block sometimes a poem is easier to get going. Glad i came in to see this , I will bookmark this hub also, :) thanks

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      Breatheeasy3 4 years ago from USA

      Had no idea about this....thanks alot for this informative and interesting hub

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      rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi

      This is a great idea. I have never thought about doing something like this. Thanks for all this great information. Bookmarked and voted up! :)

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      newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

      Wow, this is an interesting and fun way of making money! Thanks for sharing.

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      Jmillis2006 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great hub, I enjoy learning of new avenues to pursue my writing.

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      Tommy Olsson 4 years ago from Sweden

      HI thanks for a detailed interesting hubpage. This was something I didn't know about earlier.

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      Simon Cook 4 years ago from NJ, USA

      Great Hub! Useful resource - bookmarking this one! Just send off my first submission - I always wondered how to do this!!!

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      I am so glad I found this Hub! I design some cards and have them on greetingcarduniverse.com but I have been wondering about other options, so this is great!

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi May~ Thank you so much for bookmarking this information. I hope you give it a try some time. As far as the "a" on my profile picture, it means that I am an alum of the HP Apprenticeship Program. I appreciate you stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Lyricalvibes ~ You are welcome. I hope this information is your stepping stone to breaking into the greeting card market. Best wishes!

      Sharyn

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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Such a wonderful idea, haven't tried it in years, now I am going to again, thanks for all the great links to check out. Nothing beats a paper card coming in the mail!

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      Twila Nelson 4 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you for an informational Hub. Your Hub opens new avenues for those of us who are interested in writing online and for those of us who love writing online and enjoy new adventures. Have a wonderful day.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi MissJamieD ~ Thanks for your feedback and good luck!!!

      Sharyn

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      tiffany delite 4 years ago from united states

      never thought of this before, but i might just check it out! thanks for the fantastic hub...blessings!

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      sminut13 4 years ago from singapore

      I had no idea you could do this. This is a great hub, really informative. It's definitely a refreshing feeling to get a greeting card in your mail, been long since I had that.:)

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      This is an informative and useful hub, Sharyn. Thank you for the information.

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      nikashi_designs 4 years ago

      Hi Sharyn,

      Really never thought about this before and is something I will explore a bit more. My love of graphics combined with words seems well suited. Not really a strong believer of coincidences, your article has my tiny brain thinking of new ideas and new directions. Thank You

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      younghopes ~ I'm so glad you came across this article. Hope it is useful for you.

      swati17 ~ Thank you for your compliments and vote.

      marestanko ~ Trying your own greeting card business would be great. It's something that I've always wanted to to also.

      Proud Foot ~ I'm so glad you found this inspiring and helpful.

      Kierstin Gunsberg ~ thanks so much for stopping by.

      cjpooja26 ~ so glad you found this informative.

      dearmommy ~ well then you definitely should give it a try, especially if you have encouragement from loved ones. Good luck!

      kellyteam ~ I love the thought of writing great cards with your significant other. Thanks for your votes and good luck.

      cre8ivOne ~ thanks for your feedback. My hope is that having these resources all in one place here will be helpful to many.

      jaydene ~ definitely trying to write poetry or greeting card sentiments may help writer's block and get ya going. Thanks for bookmarking.

      Breatheeasy3 ~ you are welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

      rls8994 ~ I'm glad you appreciate all the information. Thanks for the vote and bookmarking.

      newusedcarssacram ~ it definitely would be a fun way to make some money.

      Jmillis2006 ~ Yes, this certainly is another avenue that writers should try.

      herbacoachtommy ~ You are welcome. Glad you learned something new here.

      Hey SimeyC ~ keep me posted and let me know if you get anything published. Good luck.

      bizarrett81 ~ Very cool that you design cards online. I'll have to check out that website.

      Ruby H Rose ~ So glad to hear you will try writing greeting cards again. I agree, it is still so nice to receive a card in the mail.

      twilanelson ~ You are welcome. Trying the greeting card market is certainly a new venture and I wish you luck.

      tiffany delite ~ I hope you do try it out. I wish you the best.

      sminut13 ~ I'm so happy you found this article really informative. Me too-still love getting a greeting card in the mail.

      cam8510 ~ So glad you found this hub useful.

      Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments and support. It thrills me that so many readers have found this information useful and inspiring. Best of luck!

      Sharyn

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      Mike Vaszari 4 years ago

      I started writing humorous greeting cards in 1963 after reading an artocle in Writer magazine. I have been quite successful over the years with well over 2000 sales to my credit. There usef to me a ton of companies that bought ideas from free lancers, but today there is only a handfull. Major companies like Hallmark anf American Greetings are no longer buying grom the outside and rely on their in house staff. However, I keep writing and manage a sale here and there. Do, give it a try. Who knows, you may may make the next sale.

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      Sharon Smith 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mike,

      Thank you so much for your great feedback. I understand that some companies do hire their own writers but there are still others that do accept freelance work. I'm glad to hear you still have some sales as a freelancer. Thanks for the encouragement.

      Sharyn

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      francisca 3 years ago

      Sharyn, i want to write i think its interesting so if i join hubpages then i am good to go?

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Francisca ~ Writing for HubPages is not the same as writing greeting cards. All the information you need to try to write greeting cards is above. Thank you for stopping by.

      Sharyn

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      L M Reid 3 years ago from Ireland

      A very interesting and informative article. Thank you for sharing it and including the links to the places we can make submissions.

      Voted up and useful and shared on Twitter and followers

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks How To! Glad you found this informative. I appreciate you sharing this article as well. Take care!

      Sharyn

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      Hamza 3 years ago

      thank you for the info

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Thanks for stopping by Hamza!

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      jaydene 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is so tempting, but I am working on a website right now. I wonder if I can squeeze this in . : )

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Jaydene ~ This is something you could always try when you have a little spare time. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

      Sharyn

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Very interesting ideas! Wish I had come across this in the winter when I had more spare time! It is great though and very well done. ^+

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      Sharon Smith 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Jackie! Thank you so much for the compliments. When you find some spare time, check it out.

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      MINTU SINGH AZAD 2 years ago

      Hi there.... I'm a self taught watercolor artist and a content writer too residing in Mohali (PUNJAB STATE - INDIA) My paintings are realistically bright, glowing and add color to life. Favored subjects for me include floral and fauna, Gods and deities, still life, portraits, birds and animals,nature, fruits, vegetables, landscape and seascapes. Other mediums which i use are Graphite pencils, Acrylic, Soft Pastels, crayons, poster colors, color pencils and sketch pens. I make original paintings at request, as well as unframed or framed according to your specifications.

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      Sharon Smith 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Hi Mintu,

      Wow, you are quite talented. You should check the greeting card companies and see if they are looking for anyone with your special talents. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Sharyn

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