UK Greeting Card Makers Who Are Nailing It

You’d think a greeting card was just an illustrated card featuring a special message. Well, they’ve been completely upgraded to much more than that – with designs, packaging, styling for all sorts of different occasions. And the more elaborate the more expensive they get! We take a look at four card designers who are doing it right.




15 years ago in the Manchester suburbs, an idea was hatched to craft beautiful greetings cards and all this time later Belly Button Designs has become one of the go-to manufacturers in the UK for customers who want something more unique. Belly Button wanted shake up the greetings card world by creating design-led greetings cards that are all lovingly hand painted or hand finished in their studio. You can find stockists of Belly Button Designs’ cards in stockists around the country, including House of Rokoko.




Blue Eyed Sun is an award-winning greeting card company that specialises in handmade and premium greetings cards. Founded back in 2000, the business has grown to the point that it supplies some of the biggest stores and retailers in the country. Their customers include Harrods, Paperchase, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Fenwick and Cards Galore as well as many of the top independent retailers across the UK.




Cracker Cards are an innovative card design company based in Shoreditch. Combining the very different niches of christmas crackers and greetings cards, Cracker Cards provides a fun and surprising twist on the traditional card. They offer a variety of themes: Christmas, a Comic range inspired by comic books, social media phrases, the Champagne bottle range, birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations – you name it, Cracker Cards creates it! You don’t have to use them as greeting cards they double as invitations or table favours and can also be used to hold a gift voucher cards, credit card-sized flat gift, photographs or tickets.




Five Dollar Shake are the old schoolers in this list. In 1998, they set themselves the goal of creating refreshingly distinctive, unique and beautiful designs for stationery and greeting cards. Each Five Dollar Shake design is uniquely made in the UK. Each crystal stone, sequin, bow, trinket and other delightful components that go to make up each design are carefully sourced from around the world. The cards are also made from renewable materials. This dedication led to them receiving an award at the Henries in 2010.