New Themes for Father’s Day 2018

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Here at thortful HQ we’ve been brainstorming some particularly Dad-related topics to inspire your Father’s Day designs! From classic ‘Dad’ TV shows, to current trends to adapt for the occasion, read our hotlist to get inspired:

 

Sports and Hobbies:

Football – think specific teams rather than football in general: Dads can be very loyal to their particular team and often pass this onto their kids!

Other Sports: rugby, cricket and golf.

Fishing (this is supposedly the most popular hobby in the UK!).

Hobbies you participated in with Dad when growing up: Airfix, Scalextric, Trains, Lego.

Pets:

From the dog

From the cat

Cat/dog themed

TV and Film:

Think about characters and quotes or catchphrases which might tie in well!

Blackadder

Fawlty Towers

Only Fools and Horses

Dad’s Army

Alan Partridge (I’m Alan Partridge)

Top Gear

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Victor Meldrew (One Foot in the Grave)

James Bond

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Current trending topics:

Politics (or political figures) – think Trump, Corbyn etc.

Peaky Blinders

Game of Thrones

Memes

We want our Father’s Day 2018 collection to stand out from the crowd, and for you guys to make lots of sales on your designs, so we hope these ideas help you to feel inspired!

Remember to search the site before designing and uploading, in order to make sure your design is offering something unique and is unlike anything we already have on thortful.

Get your Father’s Day designs uploaded to the site by Monday 7th May to ensure they get considered for this year’s collection!

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Industry Design Trends for 2018

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We’re always on the lookout for what is trending in the design world and across the card industry. There are lots of crossovers from homewares and stationery trends, and when it comes to cards sometimes it’s more of a subtle feel or accent rather than a specific use of a design trend.

We’ve rounded up the trends which are taking hold this year so you can use this for inspo in your new designs. Bear in mind that the best way to use trends is to make them your own, so this will only help with elements of your designs, and tapping into a trend alone won’t make a bestseller!

Remember also that it’s best to focus on trends which fit into your brand aesthetic – don’t experiment with a trend which doesn’t suit your style just for the sake of it, especially if your designs already sell well.

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Cosmological

Space-age, astronomical touches, from moon-like textures to starry skies. Get starry eyed!

See the Pinterest board here.

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Botanical brilliance

Botanical prints, with a luxe edge.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Travel opulence

Another luxe trend, evoking exotic travels. Decorative touches, and deep greens and reds with flashes of exotic brights.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Colour pops

Mixing colours which accent each other, from pastels to saturated hues. Get that ‘pop’ and catch people’s attention.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Monochrome

Black and white doesn’t have to be boring: patterns and accents are where it’s at. Mix with metallics or touches of grey to give a modern feel.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Pantone Purple

Pantone’s colour of the year is Ultra Violet. Find out how to incorporate it into your designs with their handy selection of colour palettes based around this year’s of-the-moment colour.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Clashing patterns

Often with a folky feel, contrasting patterns are set alongside each other to give a bold feel. Textile finishes and techniques play into this trend too, from Shibori to florals.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Wanderlust

Think globes and maps, with a retro feel. Positive, sun-seeking, holiday-esque vibes also play into this trend to give it a more modern feel.

See the Pinterest board here.

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Geometrics

Still on trend for 2018, geometric patterns and shapes are an easy trend to play into, and work particularly well with the colour pop trend.

See the Pinterest board here.

Want more? Check out this video from Top Drawer which focusses on trends in the world of paper goods, and how (and when) to incorporate them into your work.

 

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How to use trends to inspire your card designs

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Hi, my name’s Nicole and I’m the owner and designer at Native 21! I’ve teamed up with thortful to give you a few handy hints and tips on following trends to inspire card designs…

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Keep your ear to the ground

Is your Twitter timeline filled with Great British Bake Off puns? Facebook flooded with witty and relatable memes? Don’t just endlessly scroll, take inspiration! Social media isn’t compulsory, but it’s a huge bonus. Be sure to follow and like the popular news and media pages and get a feel for the latest trends. What are your friends sharing, what content are the media pages posting, or are you seeing posts about ‘great episodes’ of ‘that TV show’ over and over?

Personally, I’ve only ever seen 2 episodes of Game Of Thrones (I know, I know) but we’re all pretty aware that it’s probably the most popular TV show ever. It’s because of this I see Game Of Thrones cards doing so well as it has such a large audience and fanbase, even if I have to research who ‘Jon Snow’ is and when winter is actually coming!

Find the niche

Don’t be scared to experiment with creating a design that might be a little niche or ‘out there’: that’s exactly what customers are looking for! How many times have you wished for something really unique, only to find no such thing exists? Be your own Dragon’s Den success story by creating something new and exciting. Controversial, slightly rude and even explicit cards also work wonders as you definitely wouldn’t find those on the high street, but they will be sure to put a massive smile on the recipient’s face (or more likely, an awkward laugh when they open it in front of the entire family). Celebrity figures adored by the millions and Hollywood heartthrobs also make for brilliant designs, but have you ever seen that certain someone on the front of a birthday card? If not, what are you waiting for!

Your own (funny!) take on it

The best trend-led designs are those that bring a new (humorous) perspective to a character or theme. What is the character known for, or what do they typically do or say? Think about how you can spoof this in your design, or poke a little harmless fun at the character, whilst still relating it to a card-sending occasion where possible. Puns work really well here, but you can also use illustrations to the same effect.

Blast from the past

Just because it’s not all over your timeline, doesn’t mean it’s not still relevant. Think back to that TV show you watched as a teenager, that cult classic that still tops everyone’s favourite movie list, or something that screams ‘throwback’. Don’t just wish a Happy Birthday, give the gift of good ol’ nostalgia.

Hashtag #RELEVANT

Be proud of your creations and share with your Instagram followers! Using relevant hashtags – whether this be trending celebrities or memes – will allow new people to find your designs and head straight to Thortful. Tag that celebrity or news outlet because you never know who is scrolling through.

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Don’t let your cards just be plonked on the mantlepiece with the other plain obligatory greetings cards – stand out! In essence – eat, sleep, meme, repeat – and you’ll do just fine!

Find Nicole’s cards here.

cardshit Swear Profanities Will Liven Up Your Designs

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Hearts and flowers are not for everyone, we know that here at cardshit. The noughties and the twenty-tens (as we are apparently supposed to be calling them) are all about being rude, crude and bold about your feelings. So why should the greetings cards we send be any different to the banter we have with our mates?

No one can dispute the desire in the market place for sloppy, soppy birthday cards with rhyming couplets and fluffy messages, extolling sentiments that you would never even be caught dead actually thinking, never mind saying out loud. Nowadays though, there’s a trend towards being honest with each other: people are getting a bit of confidence and shouting their feelings from the rooftops, no matter how crude and unrefined those feelings are! This means it’s high time to consider expanding your range beyond the greetings cards your granny would send, and embracing the potty-mouthed greetings cards of the future.

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We all enjoy a bit of banter every now and again, and it’s been well documented that taking the mickey out of each other in a harmless, playful way actually strengthens friendships and can be a sign of endearment if done in the right way. At cardshit, gone are the days of minding your P’s and Q’s, as we know that feeling comfortable enough with someone to trade insults with them often just means that you really feel at ease in their presence and count them as a true friend. 

In fact, using insults and being crude to one another as a way to show affection goes way back to Shakespeare’s time, and his most famous works are positively littered with enough hilariously rude nicknames and banter to rival any school classroom. (Watch this space for our next design, ‘Happy Birthday you elvish-mark’d, abortive, rooting hog’.)

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Speaking of the classroom, a 2015 study by the Language Sciences Journal in America actually found that people who use swear words tend to have a higher level of intelligence than those who don’t. According to US-based psychologists Kristin and Timothy Jay, using swear words is not a sign of the “poverty of vocabulary” (the assumption that swear words are being used in place of more intellectually acceptable words), but rather people who have a wide vocabulary of profanities also have a wide vocabulary in general.

Aside from showing high levels of intelligence, swearing, being rude and insulting one another has also been proven to have a painkilling effect; a recent study from Keele University in England found that letting go and shouting out the worst expletive you can think of generally does have a numbing or painkilling effect, which explains why we are often heard shouting four lettered words when we stub a toe, or hammer our thumb by accident. It is believed that this pain-killing effect comes from our innate ‘fight or flight’ response being triggered by the audacity of the swear-word, which increases our heart rate and in turn, helps to numb the pain. So the next time your designer ignores your brief, relieve said pain by turning the air blue and let loose with your finest four letter tirade.

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When it comes down to it, being a bit uncouth can be a whole lot of fun, and sending your mate a rude greeting card sparks a reaction that you just don’t get with any other card. In this modern age of smartphones, the internet and instant gratification, we all crave something a bit unique, something a bit extra, and something that genuinely piques our interest.

So it seems being crude is the new being nice. Why not embrace it and consider how your new ranges might get a little ruder, or if that’s definitely not your cup of tea, try sending your mate a rude birthday card this year instead. If they don’t ex-communicate you, you’ll know that you’re BFF’s.

Article by Lee Thomas, founder of cardshit. Find cardshit cards here!

Summer colour trends spotted in our card designs

Hello sun, Summer is officially here! In honour of this wonderful time of year, we’re paying tribute to the trending seasonal tones of 2016 that have managed to sneak in to our bespoke collection of greeting cards.

“Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves.” Leatrice Eiseman (Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute) hit the nail on the head when describing this season’s colour palette that transcends cultural and gender norms. We always knew our designers were ahead of the curve!

1. Buttercup, 12-0752

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2. Limpet Shell, 13-4810

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3. Peach Echo, 16-1548

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4. Rose Quartz, 13-1520

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5. Serenity, 15-3919

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6. Fiesta, 17-1564

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7. Green Flash, 15-0146

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7 Emerging Graphic Design Trends Taking Over 2016

Have you noticed some consistencies in the dazzling world of design this year? With our friends at Canva, we’ve put together a list of our favourite trends to make sure you stay inspired to push your creative boundaries!

1. Mod-Retro

Retro no longer means the 1900’s era! Meet “mod-retro” coming to you live from 2016. Mod-Retro is all about the use of late 80’s-90’s retro patterns, tech and pixel graphics.

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2. Material Design or Flat 2.0

Googles definition of the design principal: “deliberate colour choices, edge to edge imagery, large scale typography and intentional white space”. The term “Flat 2.0” is also being thrown around because it’s pretty much an update to the flat design trend with the addition of light/shadow, depth and movement to create a sense of realism.

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3. Vibrant Hues

Saturated tones are flooding the design world to create richer, brighter creative pieces. Don’t be afraid to neon-up-it!

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4. Custom Illustration

Stock is dead! One of a kind designs and illustrations are the in-thing, creating personalised and relatable outputs.

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5. Blend Positive and Negative Space

Create deeper meaning to designs and instigate an optical illusion through the interaction of positive and negative space.

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6. Dramatic Typography

Make a statement with big, bold, centre of attention type. Colour, texture and arrangement are your best weapons.

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7. Deconstruction and Distortion

Shake up recognisable forms through abstract in a minimalistic style.

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