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A greeting card is an illustrated, folded card featuring an expression of friendship or other sentiment. Although greeting cards are usually given on special occasions, such as birthdays, Christmas or other holidays, they are also sent to convey thanks or express other feeling. Greeting cards, usually packaged with an envelope, come in a variety of styles. There are both mass-produced as well as handmade versions that are distributed by hundreds of companies large and small. While typically inexpensive, more elaborate cards with die-cuts or glued-on decorations may cost up to US $5 each.

In western countries and increasingly in other societies, many people traditionally mail seasonally themed cards to their friends and relatives in December. 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 "seasons's greetings".

The Greeting Card Association is an international trade organization representing the interests of greeting card and stationery manufacturers. John Beeder, former president of the Greeting Card Association, says greeting cards are effective tools to communicate important feelings to people you care about "Anyone feels great when they receive an unexpected card in the mail. For me, there’s nothing like a greeting card to send a special message. 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.”

Pictures and printed messages in greeting cards come in various styles, from fine art to humorous to profane. Non-specific cards, unrelated to any occasion, might feature a picture (or a pocket to paste in a personal photograph) but no preprinted message.

The 21st Century has truly become the digital age, where text messages have replaced phone calls and emails have replaced letters. But one form of communication that is as popular as ever is the greeting card.

Nothing warms the heart quite like a receiving a thoughtful card from someone you care about. Handmade greeting cardsare particularly meaningful; be it for a birthday, holiday, graduation, or simply to say hello. Custom birth announcements and handmade wedding invitations help spread joyful news and events with a truly personal touch.

Selecting a card that reflects the personalities of both the sender and the recipient is important. In addition, the style of the card should match the tone and theme of the message you are trying to convey. For instance, a child's birthday card may be bright and colorful, with bold graphics and a whimsical font. A sympathy card, on the other hand, calls for a more reserved, classic design.

Vintage style, which incorporates antique photographs and an aged look, can be appropriate for many different occasions. It is especially popular for weddings and anniversaries due to its romantic, timeless nature. Vintage cards tend to appear more elegant and formal, which makes them ideal keepsakes for scrapbooks and albums. Photographs from a bygone era can help convey emotion and mood. Extra touches such as ribbons, beading, dried flowers and calligraphy may be added for texture and flair.

Bear in mind that your personalized message need not be literally made with your own two hands to be memorable. Let's be honest – we don't all have the creative abilities we wish we did! Many stationary companies employ artists who can work with you to realize your vision for all types of handmade greeting cards, invitations or announcements. When your friends and loved ones see how much thought you put into making them special, they are sure to treasure them forever.
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