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Your 2022 thortful Calendar

Hey, lovely creators! We have finally whipped up a downloadable monthly calendar full of important dates, deadlines and holidays. Please remember that whilst occasion deadlines are just a guideline, uploading before them allows your work to be considered for campaigns and other fun things. ctrl + click (Mac) or right-click (Windows) then select ‘save image’ to…

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An Introduction to Tax brought to you by Earnr

With the tax deadline approaching, our friends over at Earnr have given us the lowdown on everything you need to know. We know it can be confusing when you’re doing your first self assessment but Earnr have made it simple and easy to do! Read below to get the basics on everything tax related! An…

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Small Business Saturday Sharing Assets + Stickers

Hope you guys love these sharing assets and stickers made specially to help you create your Small Business Saturday Instagram posts! We would love if you could tell your followers and customers about your #thortfulstory by holding a sign that says ‘My thortful story’ which you can create digitally in your own branding or simply…

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‘My thortful journey’ – Small Business Saturday & tips on how to prepare.

This year for the first time ever thortful will be celebrating Small Business Saturday, taking place on the 27th of Nov. Since our inception it’s been our mission to support and nurture Small Businesses – yours included! We want to have a phenomenal Small Business Saturday and we need your help! Our wonderful customers need…

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Creator Basics Part 8: Evolving your best sellers

If you have found success with one of your designs and it has sold over 500 times, you should think about how you can take the idea/sentiment behind the design and maximise its sales potential! If your best seller is a Birthday card, can you turn it into an Anniversary card? Here Katie Brooks took…

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New sharing templates!

Sharing your designs with your social media followers can be an easy way to get more people buying your cards: after all, your friends, family and followers tend to already be keen on your designs! We’ve created some handy, generic sharing images to help make it easy. HOW TO USE: Choose an image and save…

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TikTok tips

Whether you’re an avid Tiktoker or just starting out, we hope these tips might spark some ideas for your videos! Edit your voice/sound/music  From the shooting page you can select the add a sound button which will take you to the music options. Under the ‘Tiktok Viral’ playlist, you can find the songs that are…

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Creator Basics part 7: Our paper and printing designs.

How are my designs printed and how does this affect them? Your designs are printed on 350gsm FSC certified card. They are chlorine-free, hard metal-free, as well as being fully recyclable and biodegradable.  As the paper is matte and uncoated, this can affect how certain colours look printed. Matte paper has a more modern appearance,…

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10 places to find inspiration for your card designs!

1. Social Media There’s many pages that are made for sharing jokes and meme content – Facebook and Instagram groups, Tiktok, Pinterest, and Twitter. You might already check these platforms daily anyway but also think about checking some which are popular but you might not use such as Youtube, Reddit and Imgur. Following these pages…

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Creator basics part 4 – Content creation, showcasing your designs and building your social media presence 👩🏽‍💻

Now that we’ve gone through the basics of uploading your designs and maximising your slot potential, let’s go through how to showcase your designs. Marketing is your best friend and the most inexpensive, effective, and accessible method is social media. If you don’t already have them, consider creating Instagram, Tiktok and Facebook accounts for your…

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Creator basics part 3 – The do’s and don’ts of card designing.

If you read last weeks blog post (Which I highly advise) you’ll have seen our advice on how to optimise slots and what helps a design be accepted into the main catalogue. But what happens when you don’t make the catalogue and you don’t know why? As you can imagine with thousands of cards uploaded…

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Creator basics part 2: Optimising your slots

We know how important it is for creators to have the slots they need, but in order for us to optimise the customer experience we want to ensure that every creator is making the most of their current slots, and point them in the right direction before increasing this limit. The best way to optimise…

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Creator basics part 1 – What to do with your designs post occasion.

As fun as it is to design cards, ultimately you want them to do well and be seen by customers. With more and more creators joining all the time, we want to make sure your questions are being answered and you’re being given helpful content. That’s why we’re starting a new series of blog posts…

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How to write a great card title & description

We want to make it easier for customers to find your card so from now on we’ll require a card title and description, as well as a few other details, when you upload a card to thortful. Your card title should be no more than 75 characters, unique and should tell us your card’s occasion…

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Photo cards: How to

Our customers love to be able personalise your card designs with their very own image. Fancy designing a photo card? Well here is our tutorial and tips below… How to upload a photo card to thortful Check out this handy video filmed by Creator, Toni of TeePee Creations, which breaks down how to create and…

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The thortful 2021 Downloadable Calendar Monthly Planner

Happy New Year creators! We have whipped up downloadable monthly calendar planners full of important dates, deadlines and holidays along with a space to jot down any card ideas you have that month. The wonderful thortful creator @jessrachelsharp has donated her amazing motivational quotes and artwork to provide a little pick me up for you…

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5 Tips for Designing a Top Seller

With key seasons coming up, it’s always good to think about how you can make your next card a bestseller. We’ve shortlisted 5 tips to help you ensure your next design is a success! . . . 1. Cards are for occasions We know that when designing a card, it’s important to think about trends, and humour, and…

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thortful x The Girl Next Draw

Hello beautiful humans, how are we all doing? My name is Kimberley Ambrose but I design under the name ‘The Girl Next Draw’, because clearly I think I’m hilariously punny. (Another pun there, you’re welcome.) I’ve been very kindly asked to share with you my Thortful story and honestly I am terrible at writing… which…

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What’s different about this tax year? A blog brought to you by Earnr.

As some of you may know, we recently collabed with Earnr to bring you some info all about tax, self assessments, and the deadline. As it happens, the deadline is today – January 31st. However, due to the pandemic HMRC has delayed the late payment penalty until next month. Earnr have kindly have produced another…

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