GCA top tips to recruit new creative talent and help from the expects to build successful working relationships with new designers and others joining your team.
Design and Production Support
GCA Open Call, and the Secret to Creative Innovation and Succession Planning
GCA Open Call – an invitation to innovate and add value with design graduates.
New UKCA marking
Details on the changes to product marking for items previously subject to the CE marking from 1st January 2023
Preparing Files for Print – Introduction
The GCA’s 8-part series on preparing files ready for printing. A must-read for beginners in the greeting card industry.
Plastic Packaging Tax
Information for the greeting card industry on the UK-wide Plastic Packaging Tax that comes into effect from April 1st 2022.
Working with an Artist’s Agent
This blog looks at the benefits for artists of using an agent to represent them, with top tips and links to more information
Batteries in cards – regulations
Latest requirements for any greeting cards that include batteries
Preparing Files for Print Part 8 – Working With Your Printer
Part 8 of 8: Helpful advice on how to select a Print Partner, and what to expect during the production process.
Preparing Files for Print Part 7 – Get Press Ready Checklist
Part 7 of 8: Our handy check list ensures you’ve thought through all the aspects of preparing a press-ready PDF.
Preparing Files For Print Part 6 – Finish Layers
Part 6 of 8: Foil, glitter and emboss adds bling to greeting cards. But they can be hard to visualise in the design stages, and need to be communicated to the Printer. We’ll explain how.
Preparing Files for Print Part 5 – Bleed & Trim
Part 5 of 8: Bleed ensures your artwork prints to the edge of the card. We’ll also cover what you need to know about the fold down the centre of the card.
Preparing files for print part 4 – Colour Considerations (CMYK, Pantone, RGB)
Part 4 of 8: This article on Colour Modes explains everything you need to know about RGB, CMYK, Pantone and how to choose what to use.
Preparing files for print part 3 – Image Resolution
Part 3 of 8: Our article on Colour Modes explains everything you need to know about RGB, CMYK, Pantone and how to choose what to use.
Preparing Files for Print 2 – Card Sizes: Things to Consider
Part 2 of 8: Things to consider when determining the optimum card size for a range.
Becoming a Greeting Card Designer – A Guide for Artists
This guide produced by the GCA will help any budding artist to understand what’s involved with designing for the industry.
The GCA Guide to becoming a Greeting Card Writer
Do you have a way with words? Maybe you should write for greeting cards. This guide will help you get started.
Paper Sourcing Guidance
GCA Guidance on responsibly sourcing paper and board, and on writing a Paper Sourcing Policy.
Pricing In Proportion, PiP
The GCA worked with the Royal Mail to develop these standardised PiP logos. Download the files here.