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30 Greeting Card Companies that Pay for Your Writing and Images

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Are you a pro at delivering just the right sentiment at the right time in written form? Do you take photos or create images that your friends often claim as their own? If yes, then you may have the necessary skills to make money as a greeting card writer, photographer and/or designer.

Most freelancers don’t consider greeting card companies as a place where they can find online work. However, the opportunities are definitely available. Also, because there are many greeting card companies out there, you have a good likelihood of finding a fit between your talents and sentimental outlook and the mission of the company.

While you’ll be hard-pressed to find out how much money accepted submissions pay out, know that most greeting card companies offer compensation ranging from $25 to $300 per accepted submission.

Without further ado, here are 30 companies looking for your heartfelt verses, photos and artwork:

Amber Lotus Publishing– You can submit your artwork to this publishing company from April through July for the best consideration; written submissions are accepted all year. All materials must be submitted electronically.

American Greetings– This company reviews writer submissions once a month. Other freelance opportunities are listed on the company’s Job Opportunities website. Keep in mind that AG does not accept unsolicited submissions; writers and artists must first submit ideas before sending their full work.

Avanti Press– This company accepts both written and image content. Before you submit, take the time to look over this company’s content style and brand of humor.

Blue Mountain Arts– This established greeting card publisher works with freelancers and pays fairly well for poem-form content; accepted pieces are paid $300. Mail all poems to editorial@sps.com.

Caspari is currently seeking illustrations for its greeting cards. Submissions are reviewed individually.

CardGnome – This site offers a unique compensation model where you upload your artwork and create your own online shop. If anyone purchases cards from your shop, you earn a royalty.

Crown Point Graphics – This site welcomes greeting card art submissions. While not much detail is provided on the website, you can contact them at their provided contact page.

DaySpring -This publisher compensates accepted submissions at $75/each. Editorial responses take between 30-45 days.

Ephemera– Are you more into witty sayings and slogans than sentimental verses? This company is looking for your short, witty and even offensive sayings.

Fotofolio– You can submit your color and black and white photography here for consideration. Accepted images are used for greeting cards as well as notecards, posters and T-shirts.

Great Arrow– This company currently seeks designers for its greeting cards. You can download submission guidelines from the website.

It Takes Two -While most of this company’s work is completed in-house, it does occasionally accept outside submissions by designers and writers.

Kalan Idea Factory– Got some funny sayings or one-liners? Then submit those great ideas to Kalan and get paid for your wit.

Koehler Companies– This business creates inspirational plaques and pays writers or artists $60 per accepted submission.

Leanin’ Tree – This company offers in-depth information on submitting artwork for various holidays and other festive occasions. The preference is for hard copy prints or PDFs.

Madison Park Publishing – Guidelines for image submissions are provided on the company’s website. Accepted images are used on MP’s many product lines, such as the one shown below.

Noble Works Cards– This online card company offers collaborations with artists. To learn more, fill out their online form.

Oatmeal Studios -This company has a rather approachable submissions website and welcomes content from freelance greeting card writers. Both written content and artistic illustrations are accepted.

Palm Press– Submissions are accepted year-round here; replies are made in 2-3 weeks.

Paper Magic Group – You can submit verses and other content to this group after contacting them about their submission guidelines. PMG does not post its freelance guidelines online.

Planet Zoo– Submit your wildlife and animal photos here; up to 10 low-resolution images will be considered.

Pomegranate – This site accepts artwork and photography and offers some rather detailed instructions on how to submit.

PS Greetings – This company accepts submissions by mail only and you must enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with your correspondence.

Recycled Paper Greetings – With this company, you can send up to 10 of your illustrations or drawings for consideration. Keep in mind that the review process may take several months to complete.

R.S.V.P. Sellers –  Sellers Publishing, which is under the RSVP umbrella, seeks both written content and images for its lines of notecards and greeting cards. You can send up to 20 images per single submission.

Shoebox Cards – Most submissions to this company should be humorous and light-hearted. Do not send more than eight submissions for consideration.

Smart Alex This company pays out a nice $150 sum for accepted content. The most sought-after content includes humor rendered in a style that is “funny, edgy & risque.” Photos, illustrations and copy are all accepted; a SASE should also be attached with any snail mail submission.

The Greeting Card Shop – Akin to Card Gnome, The Greeting Card Shop offers artists a chance to earn a royalty (12%) on each card sold with their design.

Tiny Prints – This site works with lots of independent contributing photographers. Submit your photography portfolio to Tiny Prints if you’d like to work for them.

Up With Paper – This company is currently soliciting for new freelance talent; you can either reach out to them through email or submit your work portfolio.

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  1. Hey Steve,

    The minute I saw the title, I was hooked! I actually make my own greeting cards! I thoroughly enjoy it, but it has become more of a hobby for me.

    I’ll definitely have to save your article and look into this further…funny thing, I was thinking about my greeting cards just a few days ago, and thought of what I can do with them going forward.

    I still can’t believe I came across this post, Steve! This really is amazing!

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  2. Anthony Manzolillo says:

    Steve, fantastic article. This opened my eyes to the way the world works as well as an excellent way to bring in additional money. When I was younger I used to write great greeting cards for birthdays etc… as I got older, I drifted from it. As you know time becomes more limited the more we mature and grow our families. In fact, that brings me to a question for you. I see on your site you do internet marketing. Do you do copywrite and the similar to this article. Or is this article more of a tip to open your readers eyes to the wonderful opportunities out there?

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    1. Steve Razinski says:

      This piece was created just to show the opportunities that are out there. I haven’t written any greeting card messages myself.

  3. Hi, I didn’t even know that this is what the greeting card companies are doing. It’s great opportunity for the right people with this right talent to jump onboard the bandwagon and exercise their creativity. I would have given this a shot a few years ago but I don’t have the time and energy for this but I’m curious to find out for those who do, how is the experience making money this way.

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  4. Hello, Steve. Your article is as box of treasures because there are people who are creative, funny and have good writing skills. I see here a great opportunity to earn an extra money.
    I wonder if you tried these companies as the way to earn extra income?
    Overall payment can be good but maybe somewhere are companies which could teach how to earn money online?
    Nowadays when people work few jobs at once, the opportunity to earn money online sounds as great escape.
    All the best, happy writing, Nemira.

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    1. Steve Razinski says:

      I haven’t actually tried any of the companies myself, but please do report back if you do submit work to any of them!

  5. Sharon Whyte says:

    Hi there,
    I have never seen so many opportunities for doing greeting card designs. Actually I didn’t realise so many of these sites existed. Its nice to visit websites like this that give real opportunity and I see you have reviews and advice on what to stay away from so thanks for that. Good article, I may just have to check some out!
    Cheers Sharon

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  6. Jeremy Hood says:

    You are right, I never knew greeting card companies pay for writing.

    I may look into a few of these to supplement my blog as it is still relatively knew and not making a ton of money yet.

    I am still pretty new to copy writing as well. Which one of these do you recommend for beginners?

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