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18th Birthday Card Cartoon Portrait

18th birthday card with cartoon portrait

Case Study

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I posted a while back about a happy customer I’d designed an 18th birthday card with a cartoon portrait for. I thought I’d share a bit more detail about it on here.

The customer had previously found me on Etsy and ordered a custom 21st birthday card for one of her sons. Apparently he loved it so much he decided to frame it. So when her other son was going to turn 18 she came back to me to design an 18th birthday card for him too 😊

She was a lovely customer to work for, as she sent plenty of photos and knew what outfit she’d like. A lot of people don’t give instructions until after I’ve already drawn the portrait then decide they want something different, so it was a joy to work with someone who knew exactly what she wanted.

She asked for him to be wearing a specific top from one of the photos and grey jogging bottoms, and to keep his ‘Movember’ moustache 😁

Here’s the cartoon portrait I came up with…

And if you’d like to see the replay of how I drew it then here you go…

And here’s the final card design. (Although he and his Mum said it was fine to share, I’ve blanked his name out just to be on the safe side…)

His Mum was really pleased with it and said when she gave him his card he loved it as well. She even sent me a photo of him opening his card and both of them were happy for me to share that too, so here it is!

And here’s the lovely review she wrote for me on Etsy…

It made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside 🥰

I do custom cartoon portrait cards for other birthday milestones as well. Here’s how it works:

When you place your order you can upload a photo and send some instructions at the same time. It helps if you can be specific about what type of clothing you’d like them to wear, whether or not to include their glasses or facial hair or anything else that is relevant. If you’d like to send extra photos then just let me know in the instructions too and I’ll get in touch to help you do that.

I’ll then draw the cartoon portrait, add it to the card design and send you a proof to check. If you have any changes I’ll make those and, once finalised, will print out and post the card to you. It’s an A5 size card and comes with a kraft envelope too.

Here’s where to order your custom cartoon portrait milestone birthday card.

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Children’s Birthday Cards

Children's Birthday Cards - ballet 10th birthday card

Happy New Year! I’m very excited to let you know that I’ve now added children’s birthday cards to my shop. It’s been a big gap in my selection and I’m happy that this is no longer the case 😃

I had sold a few kids’ cards previously but I always felt like the designs didn’t really fit in with the style of the rest of my greeting cards. I’ve now reused some of those illustrations as well as drawn some new ones and come up with brand new designs that I think are more in keeping with my brand.

This is still a work in progress and I’ll be adding more designs along the way. At the moment just the ballet or football cards are activity related, and I’d definitely like to include more sports and hobbies for kids. So if there are any subjects that you’d like me to include in the collection, please get in touch and let me know. I’m always open to your ideas.

Age Birthday Cards

The majority of the children’s birthday cards are available for all ages from 1 to 12. I’ll have to work on some teenage friendly designs in the future 😁 and fill that gap too!

Here are a few examples of the age cards for kids…

unicorn 3rd birthday card
Football 10th birthday card
stegosaurus 1st birthday card

Personalised Cards for Kids

I’ve also added a couple of personalisable options… The Triceratops card is age-less 😁 and the Tractor one is age specific. Kids love to see their own name on a card, so I’ll probably add this option to some other cards too in the future. Here are two examples…

personalised triceratops children's birthday card
Personalised tractor birthday card

You can look at the full range in my shop here: Children’s Birthday Card Collection

And don’t forget to send me a DM on Instagram if you want me to add other sports or subjects to the range!

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Holiday Cards

Gin Themed Holiday Card - Let the festivities be Gin

I did wonder whether it is too early to start talking about holiday cards, but then I’ve already sold two in my Etsy shop, so it seems that some people are preparing early this year. Hopefully this year the postal system will be better prepared too!

And the holidays are not just about Christmas. Diwali is coming up at the beginning of next month. So there are just a few weeks left before the Festival of Lights kicks off! I’ve become more conscious that we all celebrate the holidays in different ways and want to make sure I start catering for a wider range. If you have any specific requests then please let me know on Instagram or Facebook.

This is the first Diwali card I’ve designed but I hope to add more over time.

Hannukah is also celebrated before Christmas is, and I’ve added a Happy Hannukah card to my holiday range too.

Even those of us who celebrate Christmas don’t all celebrate it in the same way. Some are more focused on the religious side of it, to others the most important thing is meeting up with family. And then there are those of us who get really excited about the food 🤣. Here’s my (somewhat tongue in cheek) nod to my favourite festive nibble…

Mince Pies Christmas card - Christmas is all about the MINCE PIES!

I do of course also look forward to spending time with family and friends! 😁

As well as the new additions I’ve mentioned already, I’ve also created a few new holiday designs to add to last year’s favourites. Here’s a small sampling, but you can view the full collection of holiday cards in my shop.

Holiday cards for a special someone

A good proportion of my holiday cards are aimed at a special person in your life. I realise (and am happy that) a lot of people buy a selection of charity Christmas cards to send out. But it’s sometimes nice to acknowledge your favourite person (or people) with a card that is chosen especially for them. Here are a few for significant others and best friends.

Custom cartoon portraits

I am also still doing custom cartoon portraits, either as Christmas cards or prints to frame and give as gifts. These are great for your other half, or for grown up children, parents or grandparents. It’s worth ordering these early if you want them. They take more time and if I get too busy closer to Christmas I’ll stop offering them.

Other holiday cards

And finally here’s a selection of other holiday cards in the collection. I’m offering bulk discounts so that the more you buy the more you save. You can mix and match 3 or 5 different cards, or otherwise order any one design in larger numbers for a bigger discount.

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Age Birthday Cards – More Added

Age birthday cards

Milestone ages are always a big deal and so I’ve found that my age birthday cards are pretty popular. A while ago I did a round up of some of them here: Milestone Age Cards.

Since then I’ve created some more age birthday cards from some of my other general birthday cards too. Generally if someone is heading into a new decade, people tend to want to give a card that marks the occasion with the age on it. So I’ve started working through my existing birthday card designs to find ones that are suitable for age milestones too.

I’m planning to carry on adding the option to as many of my existing birthday card designs as are suited to it. It’ll be a gradual process, but I really think people like to have the option – what do you think?

If there is a specific card you have your eye on for someone special’s upcoming milestone birthday, let me know. I’ll push it to the front of the queue for you…

Send your suggestions via my contact form or drop me a message on Instagram or Facebook. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions 😃

Meantime here are some of the ones you can already buy in my shop. Just click on the title or image to go straight there.

Beer Hoppy Age Birthday Cards

These are based on my original Beer Hoppy Birthday Card and are now available for age milestones from 18 up to 90 years old.

Beer Hoppy Age Birthday Card

Be-Gin the Celebrations Cards

Another card from my Thirsty Business Collection that is also now available from ages 18 to 90.

Be-Gin the Celebrations Age Cards

Bunch of Flowers Milestone Age Cards

Another design that works really well for a range of ages and now comes in milestone ages from 18 up to 90 years old.

Bunch of Flowers Milestone Age Card
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Wholesale Greeting Cards

Wholesale greeting cards order being packaged up

Last week I received a couple of wholesale greeting cards orders and decided to record some of the process to share with you here on my blog. I’ve also added a new Wholesale page on my website so it’s easier to get in touch if you’re looking to buy wholesale from me.

Processing Wholesale Orders

Printing the cards

When I get bulk orders I sometimes outsource the printing to a local printer, but also sometimes print them myself if I have enough time and the orders aren’t too big. The card stock quality is exactly the same either way – lovely thick 350 gsm card stock.

Here’s a clip of my printer working on a wholesale order. It’s speeded up so you don’t die of boredom watching it as it can take a while 😁

Folding greeting cards

Whether I print the cards myself or outsource the printing, every card is then hand folded by me using my bone folder tool. Here’s another speeded up clip to show you. If only I could really fold cards this quickly 🤣

By the way, if you like watching these types of process videos, come follow me on Instagram. I often post reels like these showing what goes on behind the scenes.

Packaging the cards

Once all the cards are folded each one needs to be paired with an envelope and put into a display bag.

I only use biodegradable/compostable display bags to keep my packaging as plastic free as possible. And for retailers who prefer not to have any bags at all I can package them in belly bands instead.

They’re then ready to be put into a box and shipped off to the retailer. I find it really exciting to think of my greeting cards finding their way into various shops and online stores that I might never even have seen before 😃

Interested in my wholesale greeting cards?

If you’re interested in stocking my greeting cards in your own shop, you can head to my Wholesale page to find out more or to get in touch.