Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Your Photo on a Hallmark Card

I'm kind of a sucker for greeting cards. (I know, I know. Don't start.) In shuffling through the selection at the supermarket yesterday, I discovered a whole section of Hallmarks created by ordinary folks like us, winners of a contest of some sort. And I thought to myself, "Self, we could do that. And so could a lot of our buddies in those photo memes."

Soon as I had the frozen stuff stashed in the fridge, I stopped by at Hallmark.com and checked it out. Hallmark is running a series of contests for people to send in cards of their own creation. The next one up is Mothers Day, cards to make a mom laugh. Submissions will be accepted October 5-18. November is birthday cards for women, and January is freestyle birthday cards.

If you win, you get $250 and they sell your card online with your byline on it. If your card is really good, they'll sell it in stores and give you another $250. Granted, that's probably scraping the bottom of the scale for people who do this professionally. But hey. I'm not proud. I'd do it just for the ego boost.

The link is here: Hallmarkcontests.com. Just in case you're interested. Click around in there -- even if the whole greeting card idea makes you gag, there are some great pointers for making your content work for a wide audience.

7 comments:

Daryl said...

What an excellent find .. thanks, I am going to check into this. I make my own cards .. I get card stock from Strathmore, they make both a matte and a glossy finish 5x7 blank card you can run through your inkjet printer .. under $10 for 10 cards & envelopes.. I get them at www.artsuppliesonline.com

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow this is excellent !! I Will surely try this out !! Great post..Unseen Rajasthan

Jane ... said...

Thanks so much for the heads up about this! I'm going to check it out now...blessings!

MyMaracas said...

Thanks for the tip, Daryl. I'll definitely check into that site.

Raja and Jane - glad you're interested!

Good luck to anyone who enters!

maryt/theteach said...

I'm going to look into it, mymaracas! :)

Rambling Woods said...

That is interesting. I've always though there should be a line of cards for people you really don't like but have to send cards anyway. I guess that sounds awful, but you haven't met some of my family members... LOL... Michelle

MyMaracas said...

Michelle, you crack me up!