A greeting card provokes emotion through an illustration and a small bit of text. The best greeting cards are those that receivers cherish and keep for years.

A talented card designer knows how to combine imagery and text to evoke just the right response in the recipient, whether that’s comfort, gratitude, laughter or knowing that they’re not alone. When you’re looking to hire a card designer, look for one whose work resonates with you. Our top freelance greeting card designers can put your message perfectly.

How to get the best greeting card design

Most people are familiar with the concept of hiring a freelance designer, but that’s not the only way to have a beautiful card designed. If you want lots of unique ideas for your card design, consider a design contest.

In a design contest, you write a brief describing what you are looking for, and designers from all over the world submit concepts that fit your brief. You then choose finalists, give feedback to hone the designs and ultimately pick the one you like best. If ideation and seeing a variety of different design styles is important to you, we recommend a design contest.

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But if you already have a clear idea of the general look and feel of your greeting card, hiring a freelancer can be a quicker, more efficient route to take.

The 10 best freelance card designers to hire in 2020

  1. 1
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 36 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Card or invitation
    • Merchandise
    • Other business or advertising
    • Signage
    • Poster
    • Book cover
    • Print or packaging design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Brochure
    • Other Graphic Design
    • Other design
    • Magazine cover
    • Logo design
    • Icon or button
    • Product packaging
  2. 2
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 33 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Card or invitation
    • Other business or advertising
    • Social media page
    • Infographic
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Facebook cover
    • Banner ad
    • Stationery
    • Other web or app design
    • Menu
    • Brochure
    • Web page design
    • T-shirt
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & business card
    • Email
    • Business card
  3. 3
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 81 )
    • Logo design
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product packaging
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Card or invitation
    • Other business or advertising
    • Other art or illustration
    • Other packaging or label
    • Icon or button
    • Banner ad
    • Book cover
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Product label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Brochure
    • Web page design
    • Signage
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Landing page design
    • Typesetting with imagery
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Other design
    • Menu
    • Facebook cover
    • Email
    • Magazine cover
    • T-shirt
  4. 4
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 28 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • T-shirt
    • Logo design
    • Book cover
    • Merchandise
    • Card or invitation
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Banner ad
    • Other design
    • Other book or magazine
    • Poster
  5. 5
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 26 )
    • Card or invitation
    • Character or mascot
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo design
    • Other design
    • Web page design
    • Product packaging
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other book or magazine
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • T-shirt
  6. 6
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 43 )
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Product packaging
    • Signage
    • Product label
    • Menu
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Car, truck or van wrap
    • Banner ad
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Logo design
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Business card
    • Brochure
    • T-shirt
    • PowerPoint template
    • Poster
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Other business or advertising
    • Merchandise
    • Card or invitation
    • Book cover
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo & business card
    • Icon or button
    • Cup or mug
    • Infographic
    • Stationery
    • Logo & hosted website
  7. 7
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 71 )
    • T-shirt
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Card or invitation
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Poster
    • Other clothing or merchandise
    • Other art or illustration
    • Logo design
    • Stationery
    • Product packaging
    • Cup or mug
    • Logo & social media pack
    • Other web or app design
    • Other packaging or label
    • Other design
    • Merchandise
    • Infographic
    • Icon or button
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Book cover
    • Banner ad
    • Email
    • Character or mascot
    • Product label
  8. 8
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 91 )
    • Brochure
    • Other business or advertising
    • Postcard, flyer or print
    • Signage
    • Other book or magazine
    • Infographic
    • Poster
    • Other design
    • Typesetting
    • PowerPoint template
    • Email
    • Card or invitation
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Business card
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Sticker
    • Stationery
    • Social media page
    • Other web or app design
    • Logo design
  9. 9
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 8 )
    • Web page design
    • Card or invitation
    • Print or packaging design
    • Logo design
    • Stationery
    • Poster
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Brochure
  10. 10
    Top Level
    5.0
    ( 28 )
    • Illustration or graphics
    • Logo design
    • Card or invitation
    • Sticker
    • Logo & brand identity pack
    • Other art or illustration
    • Tattoo
    • Logo & business card
    • Product packaging
    • Clothing or apparel
    • Character or mascot
    • Logo & social media pack

How did we choose these as the top greeting card designers?

Getting greeting card design right is the difference between a card that gets displayed for a week, then thrown out and one that touches its receiver’s soul and stays with them forever. We looked at a few criteria when we compiled our list, and here’s what that criteria was:

1. Design quality

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When a designer joins our platform, an expert from 99designs looks at their portfolio and considers the conceptual thought, technical execution and knowledge of design principles evident in their work. Then, our expert assigns the designer one of three levels:

  • Top Level
  • Mid Level
  • Entry Level

These levels are displayed on designer portfolios. This way, it’s easy to see if you’re working with someone with lots of experience and design chops, or someone who is up-and-coming.

2. Card design experience

A greeting card’s not a business card. It’s not a flyer or a newsletter or any other type of printed design that requires thoughtful text and image choices. When we chose our top freelance card designers, we looked specifically at each designer’s experience creating greeting card designs.

3. Professionalism

Of course you want someone with design skills, but you also need your greeting card designer to communicate with you throughout the process. You also need them to deliver the design on time and in general, make the process easy by being easy to work with. We considered past customer experiences to make sure all of our recommended card designers are professionals in service as well as design.

Are you ready to hire a talented freelance greeting card designer?

A skilled card designer can communicate your message in the most perfect way possible. If you don’t think one of the designers on our list can deliver your ideal message, search our site for one who can.

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