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.

Learn more about card design contests –>

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 2018

Top Level
5.0
( 11 )
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Card or invitation
  • Signage
  • Print or packaging design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Other book or magazine
  • Infographic
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other art or illustration
  • Brochure
  • Book cover
  • Poster
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Other design
  • Merchandise
  • Logo design
  • Icon or button
Top Level
5.0
( 17 )
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Card or invitation
  • Other business or advertising
  • Infographic
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Social media page
  • Facebook cover
  • Banner ad
  • Brochure
  • T-shirt
  • Other web or app design
  • Other design
  • Menu
  • Logo & business card
  • Business card
Top Level
5.0
( 10 )
  • Illustration or graphics
  • T-shirt
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • Book cover
  • Merchandise
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Card or invitation
  • Other design
  • Other book or magazine
  • Character or mascot
Top Level
  • Card or invitation
  • Web page design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Banner ad
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other design
  • Signage
  • Other art or illustration
  • T-shirt
  • Stationery
  • Brochure
  • Book cover
  • Print or packaging design
  • Merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Button or icon
Top Level
5.0
( 34 )
  • Book cover
  • Print or packaging design
  • Other Graphic Design
  • Other design
  • Card or invitation
  • Other book or magazine
  • Poster
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Magazine cover
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Banner ad
  • Social media page
  • Product packaging
  • Other business or advertising
  • Facebook cover
Top Level
5.0
( 23 )
  • Card or invitation
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Character or mascot
  • Other art or illustration
  • Logo design
  • Web page design
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Other packaging or label
  • Other design
  • Other book or magazine
  • Icon or button
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
5.0
( 8 )
  • Web page design
  • Card or invitation
  • Print or packaging design
  • Logo design
  • Poster
  • Stationery
  • Illustration or graphics
Top Level
5.0
( 77 )
  • Logo design
  • Card or invitation
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Other design
  • Logo & brand identity pack
  • Logo & hosted website
  • Logo & business card
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Logo & social media pack
  • Web page design
  • Other business or advertising
  • Social media page
  • Product packaging
  • Product label
  • Other art or illustration
  • Business card
  • Brochure
  • Brand guide
  • T-shirt
  • Stationery
  • Poster
  • Other web or app design
  • Other clothing or merchandise
  • Clothing or apparel
  • Banner ad
Top Level
5.0
( 37 )
  • Brochure
  • Other business or advertising
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Signage
  • Other book or magazine
  • Other design
  • Poster
  • Infographic
  • PowerPoint template
  • Card or invitation
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Sticker
  • Stationery
  • Other web or app design
  • Email
  • Business card
  • Logo & brand identity pack
Top Level
5.0
( 55 )
  • Postcard, flyer or print
  • Poster
  • Banner ad
  • Signage
  • Other business or advertising
  • Infographic
  • Logo design
  • Other design
  • Brochure
  • Web page design
  • Social media page
  • Landing page design
  • Card or invitation
  • Stationery
  • PowerPoint template
  • Logo & business card
  • Illustration or graphics
  • Flash banner
  • Book cover

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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Whether you want something for the holidays, or a unique custom card for a special person, our designers can do it.