Printable cards have allowed designers to make cards readily available to customers all over the world.
The custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls.
Pictures and printed messages in greeting cards come in various styles, from fine art to humorous to profane.
I’m proud to be a part of an industry that not only keeps people connected, but uses both imagery and the power of words to help us express our emotions.” A standard greeting card is printed on high-quality paper (such as card stock), and is rectangular and folded, with a picture or decorative motif on the front.Inside is a pre-printed message appropriate for the occasion, along with a blank space for the sender to add a signature or handwritten message. Some cards and envelopes feature fancy materials, such as gold leaf, ribbons, or glitter.In the 1860s, companies like Marcus Ward & Co, Goodall and Charles Bennett began the mass production of greeting cards.They employed well known artists such as Kate Greenaway and Walter Crane as illustrators and card designers.Many service businesses also send cards to their customers in this season, usually with a universally acceptable non-religious message such as "happy holidays" or "season's greetings".
The Greeting Card Association is an international trade organization representing the interests of greeting card and stationery manufacturers.
Many of these electronic services offer open or anonymous chat, to enable further discussion.
Pop-up cards are normally cards that, once opened, have a picture coming outward, giving the reader a surprise.
Both types are most popular for sending holiday greetings such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and for baby showers. Secondly, there are notepad style cards where pages stick to the back of the cards.
The pages that have been used for reusable cards can be removed after being received and fresh pages can be used to reuse the cards.(also called e-cards) Greeting cards can also be sent electronically.
The extensive Laura Seddon Greeting Card Collection from the Manchester Metropolitan University gathers 32,000 Victorian and Edwardian greeting cards and 450 Valentine's Day cards dating from the early nineteenth century, printed by the major publishers of the day.