Welcome to the Blow Birthday Cards New Designer Page!
This is where we first meet a lot of designers
We sincerely hope you’ll consider joining us

If you’d like to know a little bit about us, this link will take you to our “About Us” page.

If you’d like to see some of the great designs independent designers are selling through Blow today, this link will take you to the Blow homepage.

Corporations Don’t Make Art

Ours is a little bit of a high-tech Robin Hood story.

  • We strongly believe in and advocate for independent birthday card designs and for the great cards that independence produces.
  • We believe that Indie card designers are effectively frozen out of the biggest part of the mainstream market by retailer relationships with large card companies, not by talent.
  • We put Indie birthday card designs in front of lots of card shoppers using the web every day.
Luckily, we have a long track record of success in e-commerce.

As we see it, your job is to make great birthday cards and our job is to show them to everyone.

We Don't Have Favorite Cards
We Have Favorite Designers and Artists

Unlike most card publishers, we don’t pick cards. We invite designers we believe in to put up, take down, add, subtract or otherwise change his or her card offering. We confidentially provide info about what is selling and what is not selling to our designers. But we’re not art directors. We’re your marketers; we’re your sales force.

There is no charge to list a design, but every designer on the Blow website is here by invitation. We’d love to see some examples of your birthday cards to see if there is a fit between your artistic vision and our commercial vision.

Getting to Know You Through Your Work

If you’d like us to have at look at your work, please upload ten (10) birthday card designs that you think collectively do a good job of communicating your interpretation of birthday cards. Don’t worry about the file format; we can get to that later, but please show us cards that are 5"x7" or 7"x5".

Every Customer Sees and Feels Quality, Every Time

Your work and our shared customers expect to send a very nice card when they send a card to a friend or loved one. Together, we'll never disappoint them.

Artsy Shark founder, and greeting card expert, Carolyn Edlund examined some of our cards and had this to say: "These beautifully made cards are printed on a high quality card stock with matching envelopes. Anyone would be pleased to receive such a thoughtful card in the mail." If you visit Carolyn's site you'll see she knows a thing or two about cards (and you just may learn a thing or two, like we do on every visit).

We print every card on 300 gsm museum quality archival paper. This is a matte finish, thick paper that has heft and feels substantial in your hand. We print using a vibrant palette of inks that allow you to specify exactly the shade you have in mind for every element of your card. We work with a nationally renowned color specialist and an independent color testing and calibration lab to ensure that we print what you specify. Many designers have said their work looks better on our cards than on anything they have received from a commercial printer.

Designs that Sell (and don't)

We look for cards that have visual or verbal elements that relate to some narrow interest or aspect of life. For example, we prefer a Yoga card to an exercise card. We prefer a card about fly fishing to a card about fishing. When asked for guidance on subject selection we often say “Think of a friend or relative that you know really well. Think about the things she likes or the places she’s been or the expressions she uses. Make a card that is exactly perfect for her.” (By the way, there are far more cards designed by women than men and far more cards designed for women than for men. Coincidence? Maybe. Opportunity? Definitely).

The Money Part

We set the prices for all of the cards on the Blow site. Today they are all priced at $4.95 per card, delivered.

Our standard Terms and Conditions specify that our use of your work will be on a non-exclusive basis. If you join us you will continue to be free to sell your work everywhere else you like.

If we invite you to join our designers on the site we’ll ask you to agree to a standard set of terms and conditions, but the main promise we really need from you is that you will only put designs on Blow that are 100% you own original work (or that you have the right to display and sell either because the work is in the public domain or because you have a license to display, copy and sell it).

If you accept our invitation we will pay you 10% of the card price every time we sell your card design. That’s $0.50 per card. We will print your cards and fulfill the orders. There is no charge to you for anything we do - no listing fees, etc.

The Ending

If you’d like us to have a look at your birthday card designs, please send those designs to us using the form below. We’ll review your submission ASAP.

All our best,

Jerry & Chris

The Birthday Card Boys