Take a Closer Look at 2011’s Top 10 Greeting Cards

Here in the UK January is a very busy time for the card and gift industry; designers and publishers are gearing up for two major trade shows: first Top Drawer in London (I’m so excited I’ve booked my train ticket already), and the huge Spring Fair in Birmingham, which will see the whole world jetting in to see the best of British card and gift design. On the retail front all the big stores and independents are juggling the January sales with new orders flooding in with heaps of new products for 2012. With this is mind, I thought this week I’d ease us all back into the blog in a gentle way. This week we’ll be reviewing 2011, having a sneak peek at a few of the trends expected in 2012, and finishing up the week with a review of what the blog will be up to in the coming year. I hope that all sounds like a pleasant way to kick start the year, let’s get started with ‘My Top Ten Greeting Cards of 2011’.

new baby badge card

1. Funky badge card by Think Bubble – maths, spots and a badge!

handmade floral card

2. Handmade petal card by fold – so pretty and delicate this was a gorgeous design for the spring season. (2017 update: the website is not currently available).

sorry i forgot your birthday card

3. Typographic card by Pennychoo – I love typography and this was part of a very cool, retro set.

floral for you greeting card

4. Hand-finished card by Rebecca Lancaster Designs – a gorgeous, delicate design with diamante highlights.

special couple wedding card

5. Gorgeous hand-finished design by Cornelius Potts and Uncle Monty – from a fabulous wedding collection.

sweet thing ice cream handmade card

6. Cute Ice cream design by Laura Cartwright – I love the pop art style of Laura’s designs!

rocket road map card

7. Map & sci-fi-inspired card by C&W heArt Graphics – this was a very popular design on the blog; I loved the unique idea behind the range.

get rich quick funny greeting card

8. Retro card by Big Jon – as a fan of Cluedo and vintage books this had to be in the top ten!

love hearts greeting card

9. Kraft heart card by Sophia Victoria Joy – I love the simplicity mixed with the details of each patterned heart.

born to be wild greeting card

10. Last but not least a very cool critter living wild by Holy Mackerel – I loved this range, it was very hard to pick just one design.

I hope you liked my Top Ten Cards pick, please feel free to leave me a comment below with your ideas; is your favourite here or is there a card I missed that you want to give a mention? Tomorrow, my Top Ten Gifts!