Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Friendship? Fum the Cat and Gebra the Barn Owl

Nothing whatsoever to do with greeting cards, but maybe a little something to do with acceptance and friendship.
They'd probably send each other birthday cards if they could...

Friday, 27 May 2011

Design: Large Iris card

Not for us, but an interesting take on card design.

"The Large Iris card is the size of a typical greeting card 5" x 7". It functions as a mechanical iris similar to those used in photography aperture mechanisms. A tab on the card can be manually rotated to progressively open the hole in the center of the card up to a maximum size of two inches. The card also has slots on the reverse side which can hold a 2" x 3" photo that will be partially revealed when the iris is opened. See the video below for a demonstration of the card."

Source: Cardnetics

Thursday, 26 May 2011


of new cards here at Cool Cards..!

One of our all time favourite images. 
Now in our Icon range of greeting cards.

This from our Blush range.
Rude and very funny. A contemporary take on cringeworthy '70s images.
Roll back the years and see what really went on..!

Classic Banksy Cards.
Banksy is an anonymous Bristol graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine irreverent dark humour with graffiti done in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

NSFW. The world is filling with warning signs.
Here are some more to get you safely and rudely through the day...

Many great new additions in our Father's Day cards collection.

Word Up! Cards - Grunge hits the highstreet..!

A contemporary take on 20th century wartime posters.
And a homage to wine and a banana and healthy, graceful events.

And many more at Cool Cards.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

In at number 1

Wow... We've had our Jesus & Mo cards on sale for less than 24 hours and already they're in at Number 1 with Google..!

We searched Google UK for the term 'atheist birthday cards'. Check us out..!

Jesus & Mo cards exclusively from Cool Cards.

Jesus & Mo cards are go!

Available exclusively from Cool Cards, today saw the launch of our Jesus & Mo cards..!

Jesus & Mo is a British webcomic strip which began in 2005. 

Jesus & Mo won the 2011 Washington Post Riffy Award in both the "Best Comic" and "Best Webcomic" categories.

We asked the Author of Jesus & Mo:

Q. What is Jesus & Mo?
A. Since 2005 it’s been a comic strip dealing in religious satire.

Q. Is that really the Prophet Mohammed?
A. No, it’s a body double. Mohammed couldn’t make it, as he has been dead for centuries.

Q. Is that really Jesus?
A. Yes, that is really Jesus. I don’t know how he does it, but he always finds time in his busy schedule to appear in the comic whenever someone loads a J&M page in their browser.

Q. Is that really Moses?
A. Enough already.

Q. Why is the Barmaid never drawn?
A. It is forbidden. Plus, I can’t draw barmaids.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Design: Cartoon Caption Punchlines

The New Yorker magazine, famed for its social commentary, is running a Cartoon Caption Contest.

"Each week, we provide a cartoon in need of a caption. You, the reader, submit your caption below, we choose three finalists, and you vote for your favorite. Finalists for this week's cartoon will appear online Monday, May 16th, and in the May 23rd issue of The New Yorker. Any resident of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec) age eighteen or older can enter."

This is their latest cartoon available for your dry, deadpan witticisms:

Any thoughts for a caption? Not so easy is it?

The current cartoon available for voting is this:

The three voting options are:
  • "I'll have the chicken."
  •  "Give me a second—I know this one."
  • "When they all walked in that day, I thought something seemed funny."
Check out some of the Previous Winners.

WIRED magazine features an article on  "Cracking the Code of The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest"

"If you want to win The New Yorker’s Cartoon Caption Contest, you’d do well to mind these four factors: novelty, length, punctuation, and “abstractness and imaginability.”
Paying attention to those parameters certainly doesn’t guarantee a win in the weekly competition, which calls on readers to craft their own punch lines to accompany black-and-white drawings. But it will increase your winning potential, according to a professor who analyzed the captions submitted for a recent round.
McGraw, a professor of marketing and psychology at University of Colorado Boulder, was looking to see if patterns emerged that might reveal what factors are present in submissions shortlisted by New Yorker editors... continues"