Informative Articles

Teaching Penmanship and Typing Skills – Are They Still Necessary?

Back in the BC days (before computers), there were two subjects that were part of a regular curriculum in most public schools: Penmanship and Typing. These both were integral parts of the curriculum, and no one seemed to question their long-term value or importance. However, an educational curriculum is not a static thing; it is continually adjusted and adapted as our society and its needs change. read more...

Etiquette Tips: The Written Note

The rules of etiquette have evolved and are not quite as formal as they once were. Nevertheless, there are still situations that require us to acknowledge an event or situation in writing. Nowadays, we depend more on verbal and digital communication than the handwritten note. Whether it is a message of condolence, a thank you note or an RSVP, it is often difficult to know what to say or even how much to write. read more...

The Meaning and Role of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

Have you ever looked at the back of a greeting card and noticed a check-mark-and-tree-shaped symbol with the letters FSC, or seen the notation “FSC Certified,” and wondered what it means and why is it important? read more...

A Layman’s Primer on Printing: Part 2

Printing, typography, and finishing-technique terminology

Our lines of funny greeting cards run the gamut from heartwarming to gut-busting. No matter your personality, politics or philosophy, you’ll find the perfect card on our shelves. We use a variety of printing techniques that help us create beautiful custom-printed cards affordably and quickly — we were printing Trump “bigly birthday” cards faster than Russians could hack our computers. read more...

Printing Primer: Part 1

A brief look at types of printing, their history and some key terms.

In 2019, the profession of “printer” is no longer listed as an “official job” by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Why? The Labor Department has determined that the industry has become too small for it to track as a separate category in its database. But this does not mean that the job or profession of being a printer disappeared like the dodo. It just means that on a large scale in commercial printing, jobs have shrunk as more elements of the process, once done by people, have become automated. read more...

Funny Today, Funny Tomorrow?

For decades, humorous greeting cards have made us laugh. But what was funny in the past is often very different from what is funny now or will be in the future.

It’s your birthday. You receive a birthday card, open it, read the front and smile, or maybe even chuckle a bit... then you open it, read the message inside and laugh out loud! The humor strikes your funny bone. It’s offbeat, and maybe it’s a little risqué, or perhaps even a lot risqué. You might be a little shocked at the audacity of it, but you really laughed! read more...

Greeting Cards in the Digital Age

With the ease of text messages, email and other means of electronic communication literally at our fingertips, the question arises about whether the custom of sending a paper greeting card is past its prime.

After all, social media formats such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter remind us when it is the birthday of one of our "friends," so that we can post a message on their page or send them an e-card — and we can do it on their birthday for free. If we send a regular paper greeting card, however, it means that we have planned in advance to purchase and mail it in a timely fashion. read more...

Casting a Light on Print-On-Demand

Print-on-Demand – what is it, how does it differ from conventional printing and is it eco-friendlier?

At NobleWorks Cards, we move fast. Our line of funny birthday cards, dirty Christmas cards and more includes plenty of pop culture, politics and current events that are happening right now. One of the reasons our cards are so funny is because they are still relevant. We had President Trump Christmas cards in stock right after the election, for instance, while grocery stores didn’t have them for months. read more...

Understanding Paper and Paper Recycling

In this era of digital communication, we have not become the paperless society that was predicted. Paper is still very much a part of our daily lives. Think about it: a greeting card that wishes you a happy birthday or some other sentiment is printed on paper. Magazines, newspapers, books — they are all printed on paper. Food products, toys and other hard goods come in cardboard packaging. Your online shopping orders are delivered in corrugated boxes or padded paper envelopes. They are all made from paper. read more...
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