Behind the Card

A lot goes into each of the cards we create. The right picture, the ideal colors and typography, an impeccable punch line, the optimal bodily function… a multitude of inspired choices that results in the unadulterated genius of the perfect card.  Check out some of the artists, trends and techniques involved in that greeting card wizardry.

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Dented Can Greetings

Early on in life, Chaya Herman recognized she had a passion for greeting cards. Wanting to create something different...

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Bold Face Type

After repeatedly hearing “Oh my goodness, how cute,” Lindsay Bruno and Michele Mikeska are convinced that owning a greeting card company...

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Awkward Family Photos

Mike Bender and Doug Chernack have truly mastered spreading awkwardness to millions of people around the world...

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Hello Salami Bear

Randomly, randomness is popping up all over at Recycled Paper Greetings. 

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Leslie Kolk: Oh My Word

With one font and a few colors, Leslie Kolk’s Oh My Word designs say it all. Learn more about Recycled Paper Greetings artist Oh My Word…

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Zero Gravity

Andrews McMeel Publishing, (AMP), a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, is a leading publisher of general nonfiction trade books, gift books, calendars...

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Vicky Barone

Though she had a Master’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, Vicky knew something was missing from her life. Then she found...

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Tundra by Chad Carpenter

Realizing early on that he had no other marketable talents, Chad traded in his security guard uniform and devoted himself to his comic strip, “Tundra.”

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Susan Allen

Her imagination in high gear, Susan’s visualization process begins, and she shares with us the results of what it is to communicate with heart and humor.

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Stick World by Billy Attinger

After an auspicious artistic start vandalizing his birth certificate at the age of one, Bill Attinger started “Stick World” years later as a clothing line...

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Morrow: Skip Morrow

Skip Morrow feels blessed to have always made a living in the arts, first in music and then in visual mediums when cartoons took over at age 30.

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Cards by Ron and Joe

Don’t look for Recycled Paper Greetings’ artists Ron and Joe in Southern California’s surfing crowd. Although they live in that sunny setting, they’d rather...

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Robbie Long

Robbie Long’s famous loose-lined images started only as doodles that helped spur the creative process while he was trying to compose melodies.

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Raspberries

Dennis Schmidt and Jim Byrne of Raspberries say they fell into the greeting card business more than they broke into it. Working together at a local business...

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PaperTrail Press

Collectively known as PaperTrail Press, Beth Cope, Jeanne Benas and Joanne Spotswood fancy themselves creative geniuses. Joanne, who founded the company in...

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Offensive + Delightful by Olga Krigman

Olga Krigman’s artistic expression began as a young child, when she could be found dancing, drawing, singing and, she says, generally making a fool of herself.

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Mooning Duck by EMP Media

Rich Warwick founded EMP Media in 2001. In addition to creating the Mooningduck brand for Recycled, EMP designs appear on a variety of products, from page-a-day

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Masha D’Yans

Unlike some artists who toil endlessly in dusty garrets or cramped apartments strewn with Ramen wrappers, Masha planned for a stable career as a graphic...

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Mary Melcher

Mary remembers drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. She is happy to be putting her creativity to work in a studio on her family’s 120-acre farm...

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Marsha Gray Carrington

Marsha enjoys the absurdities in life and making people laugh. Her images for Recycled Paper Greetings can be a little strange, a bit off, and sometimes even...

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Julianna Smith Illustration

Julianna Smith’s first memory of creative expression was – believe it or not – making birthday cards for her family. “Someone gave me an old cartoon book and...

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John Caldwell

John creates from a cluttered little room in his rural home. He first revealed his talent in Sister Lucien’s first-grade class with a hand-drawn Christmas ...

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Jack Reilly

While Jack’s worked in greeting cards since 1970 – 35 years at American Greetings where he finished as Senior Art Director and 5 years with Recycled Paper...

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Heather Manning

Heather’s unique artistic style can only be described as “painterly, computer and whimsical.” Visually, Heather finds inspiration everywhere.

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Gunnar Johnson

Gunnar Johnson doesn’t necessarily call himself an artist, but he can’t deny his creative spark—as a kid, he used to write and edit an imaginary TV Guide.

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Dawn Zero Erickson

Dawn experiments with color, lines and symbols to create simple, handmade effects. She believes greeting cards bring fine cart into the average person’s life.

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David Walker Studios

David Walker likes everything about greeting cards – despite all the other possible ways to communicate these days. “From the choice of the design...

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OVRDEDGE: Cartoons by Dan Reynolds

Unlike most cartoonists who get their starts doodling in spiral notebooks when they should be paying attention in class, Dan didn’t begin drawing until he was..

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Simply Said: Steve and Carl Bjorkman

Steve and Carl, aka Bjorkman Brothers, began their greeting-card existence in 1980. Since then, they’ve sold more than 100 million cards.

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Bev Guhl: Whoopee

Bev Guhl brings energy and hyper-realism to every card. Her love of people and pets inspires her to make her photographs as fun as possible...

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Barry Gott: Smalltower Greetings

Barry Gott has worked in greeting cards since 1996, having broken into it because “the night guard goes for coffee at 3 am. They never lock the skylight.”...

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The Argyle Sweater

When drawing pumpkins in second grade, Scott’s teacher asked him if he wanted to be a cartoonist when he grew up....

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