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Today I bring you the brands that made me start it all. What inspires you to write, to make, to keep going? That's a question I get all the time in all the interviews I've done in my time (ok, so something I also have to ask myself because my coach tells me to).
The punniest cards out there.
Top 10 Inspiring Funny and heart wrenching Greeting Card Brands

 

Sapling press is almost a gold standard in punny cards. If you don't know them be sure to check them out and read everything. I was once given the feedback that my cards as a collection were boring. I figured it was because it was all text. Then that same person represented Sapling press - so, she was able to not be boring. I salute you.

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2. ashkahn

I think Ashkan is good at laughing at himself on his instagram. I admire his branding and stationery wit.

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3. emily mcdowell

I remember reading that she was given advice when she started her brand that her cards had too many words and to bring it down a notch. Here's to not bringing it down a notch and doing you Ms. McDowell.

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4. people ive loved

I love the cards and all the things. The hand drawn images and text are exactly what I'm feeling all the time. #cardgoals

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5. mountains vs plains

Someone told me about this brand way back when. I like the rough sketches. I like the sentiments. It's so real. You want to have friends you can give these cards to.

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6. old tom foolery

I'm not sure what this brand is up to now, but their footnote line was something that I admired from the start. Each one is funny.

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7. sugar paper

So clean and simple that you can't not love it. Their cards are classy (you know, like me). I often think, ah why didn't I think of that.

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8. Pretty Alright Goods (formerly The Matt Butler)

The humor is real. Love the gift items that just make me giggle. Check them out.

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9. Rifle Paper

This brand is iconic now, but it was starting out when I was starting out and although they are known for their flowery imagery, there's something modern too that I see. This flowery brand has a place in my modern design heart.

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10. chez gange

Sassy and witty, this brand makes me laugh and cry. It's all about the copy sometimes and here she hits the mark. 

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I know I'm leaving out like a million brands and I can only flatter myself to think that I could offend anyone. That said, please do send any brand that you'd add to this list and I'll add it.

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Stay well,

Mariko


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