• What to write in kids birthday cards

    Posted by postmark on 25/06/19


    prod_37099At this time of year I seemed to be forever wrapping presents and writing cards for kids birthday parties.

    Luckily my 8 year old writes his own cards now so I only have to worry about the little one but he still asks for inspiration on what to write inside, which got me thinking - what is a good thing to write inside a kids birthday card?

    Writing for parents 

    We find that kids are often more interested in what's on the front of the card, or if there is anything in it!, so my advice is to keep any messages inside short and sweet.  Kids also love age cards so choosing a card with the appropriate age on the front can often do all the talking for you.

    1806-1512405734A lot of kids won't be able to read what you write so if you're writing something that's for their parents to read then stick to messages of encouragement like

    • Well done Mum & Dad - you're smashing it! Can't believe (child's name) is (age) today!
    • (childs name) can't believe you're (age) your Mum and Dad are doing a great job.
    • Happy Birthday (child's name) what an amazing kid you are - how did you get so lucky in the parent lottery




    Writing for kids

    If you're writing for the child then a good starting point is to think about what the child likes. If they have a passion for something whether it be sport or a particular TV or film character or imagination play you can definitely start here.

    Obsessed with pirates/princesses/space?

    Princess - Happy Birthday to the best girl in the land - may your birthday be filled with fun and laughter

    prod_35089Pirates  - Ahoy there matey! Let's set sail for a birthday full of adventure and cake!

    Space - Blast off, it's your birthday! Let's light up the sky with laughter and fun!

    Ballet - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 let's get in position for a perfect birthday! Pirouette this way for cake!



    116-PARTY-DOGSAnimal mad kids 


    For animal mad kids there are lots of great cards so how about something like this inside?

    • Woof, woof - who let the birthday dog out!
    • Sending you kitten hugs and bunny cuddles - have an amazing birthday



    prod_33326A little something to occupy their busy hands?

    We do a great range of 3D and pop-out cards including some great jigsaw cards from Rachel Ellen that will keep little hands busy for a at least a few minutes




    PA61470830571.jpgStandard things to write in kids cards

    If you just want to keep it simple then here are a few ideas

    • Happy Birthday - you rock!
    • To the best (age) we know - look how big you're getting!
    • May you have a day filled with fun, laughter and lots of cake
    • Birthdays are all about you - you only get to turn (age) once so enjoy every minute!

    Hope this helped? You can check out our kids age cards here and our kids cards here.

    Until next time

    Mrs PM

  • What to write in your Father's Day card

    Posted by postmark on 03/06/19


    Father's Day is coming up fast - Sunday June 16th - for anyone who might be wondering!

    We all love our Dad's (well at least I do!) but sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to show them you care.

    So for this Father's Day we've picked out a few of our favourite cards to go with some suggestions of what to write inside your Father's Day card.

    Dad, You're Fab - Think of Me Designs - £2.65

    This is a great go-to Father's Day card, new this year from Think of Me Designs. It's not too sentimenta, with a lovely colour tone it lets your Dad know you care without being too mushy.

    Inside you could write something jokey like 'Happy Father's Day! You may be retro but you're still (almost!) cool to me. Love xx' or you could try something a bit more sentimental like 'Happy Father's Day to the coolest Dad. Thank you for all the amazing memories, laughter and ice creams - you are the best! Love xx'

    Dad you're fab!











    For the Record - Ohh Deer - £2.50

    If you and your Dad share an interest in music then this card from Ohh Deer is just perfect.

    Why not carry the music theme on inside with a message like 'Happy Father's Day!  Thank you for all the music and the memories. Love you"  or perhaps you could surprise him with some tickets to a gig inside this great music card with a message like 'Happy Father's Day to my favourite music legend. Let's go and hear some noise! Love xx'

    For the Record











    Vintage Dad - The Art File - £2.65

    If your Dad enjoys a little tipple then this great card from The Art File could be just what you're looking for.

    A great accompaniment if you're gifting him a bottle of wine on Father's Day, this one is ripe for some jokey remarks about his age! How about 'Happy Father's Day, a vintage bottle for a vintage Dad.  Getting better with every year that passes! Love..'

    Or perhaps this might work better 'Happy Father's Day, thank you for everything you do for me. Let's raise a glass to the amazing job you've done! Love..."

    Art File











    Rawr-some Dad - Rachel Ellen - £3.00

    When it comes to Dad's with younger children it is often Mum who has to either write or direct what's been written inside.  This card from Rachel Ellen is perfect for little hands to give to their Daddy on Father's Day. Fun and colourful it's a really cute.

    Inside you could write along the lines of 'Happy Daddy's Day to my No.1 Daddy. Thank you for all my love, cuddles and giggles, you make me feel so safe and happy. I love you...'

    RAchel Ellen











    When I grow up... Ohh Deer - £2.50

    All Dad's are funny, right? If you're Dad thinks he is funny this is a great card for Father's Day.

    Inside you could keep the joke going with something along the lines of ...'...but I will probably need another 20 years of practice! Happy Father's Day to the funniest man I have ever shared a house with. Love you Dad!'

    Or perhaps this might work 'Happy Father's Day, keep the jokes coming Dad I need new material! '











    Step- Dad - Dandelion Stationery - £2.75

    Dad's come in all shapes and sizes and this great card from Dandelion Stationery celebrates those amazing Step Dad's in our lives this Father's Day.

    Inside you could try something along the lines of 'Happy Father's Day to the man who has showed me the true meaning of being a parent. I love you Dad.'

    Or perhaps something along these lines might be more apt -  'Happy Father's Day, I can't believe how lucky I have been to have two amazing Dad's in my life. Thank you for everything.'

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    I hope this little selection and some tips on what to write inside a Father's Day cards makes things a bit easier for you this year.

    And don't forget Father's Day is on Sunday June 16th.

    Show those Dad's some love!

    Mrs PM


  • Best wedding cards for friends

    Posted by postmark on 17/05/19

    Hi there!

    With wedding season coming up we often get asked for advice on the best wedding cards for friends and family.

    In this blog we'll look at our best wedding cards for the friends.

    Buying a wedding card for a friend offers different challenges than buying for family. For family we find customers tend to veer towards more traditional cards whereas with wedding cards for friends people like to shake it up a bit and go for more contemporary wedding cards.

    Louise Mulgrew - Mr & Mrs Lobster - £2.65

    Lobsters mate for life so it's no surprise that this lovely card from Louise Mulgrew is one of our most popular wedding cards for friends.












    Stormy Knight - Mr & Mrs Awesome - £3.00

    Finished with gold foiling this card from Stormy Knight has a vintage vibe that's stylish and cool for a friend's wedding.

    Stormy Knight Mr and Mrs Awesome











    Alice Scott - Happy I Do Day! - £2.95

    Our most popular wedding card for friends this fab monochrome card from Alice Scott is fun and stylish and perfect for that special day.

    Happy I Do Day wedding card











    Lagom - Rainbow Wedding - £2.65

    Gay wedding cards have come a long way in the last few years and this fab new card from Lagom is the perfect way to celebrate that special wedding between Mr & Mr or Mrs & Mrs.


    Rainbow wedding











    Pigment - A toast to the Happy Couple - £2.25

    A fun play on words this humorous wedding card from Pigment Productions has proved really popular since it first hit the shelves last year. Simple, fun and clever what's not to like!

    A toast to the happy couple











    Urban Graphic - Be Married - £2.50

    The typography may be slightly more traditional but this wedding card from Urban Graphic would make a great wedding card for friends as the sentiment sums up very neatly the vibe of the day!











    Lisa Jones - Wedding Bus - £2.25

    As a London-based retailer no collection of wedding cards would be complete without this beauty from Lisa Jones Studios. Slightly smaller than the other wedding cards shown this beautifully illustrated card is perfect for friends enjoying a London-based wedding, better still if they've opted for a routemaster!

    WEdding bus











    Rifle Paper - Happily Ever After - £3.50

    This vintage inspired card from Rifle Paper is beautifully printed on high quality paper for a luxury finish.  With a perfect sentiment for the day this card is a hugely popular choice of wedding card for friends. Fingers crossed everyone gets the happy ending they are after!

    Happily ever after











    Hopefully you found this round up of some of our favourite cards to give friends for their weddings helpful.

    If you'd like to see all our wedding cards just head over to the wedding section on the website or pop in to see us at our shops.

    Until next time

    Mrs PM

  • Ideas for boys birthday cards

    Posted by postmark on 10/05/19

    Hi all,

    I seem to be going to a lot of boys birthday parties at the moment and picking cards can be hard - even for me!

    So thought it might be handy to share our most popular boys non-age birthday to help make your choice a bit easier.  If you'd like to see our full selection of non-age birthday cards for boys then just head over to our kids birthday card section.

    Lagom - Roar! It's your birthday - £2.50

    One of our most popular non-age birthday card for boys, this one goes down a real treat with the dino-obsessed...in fact dinosaur's are a bit of a theme across boys cards...go figure












    Rachel Ellen - Birthday Dinosaur - £2.50

    Keeping up the dino theme this bright and fun dinosaur birthday card from Rachel Ellen is a great choice for  a slightly younger dinosaur loving birthday boy.

    Dino birthday











    Paper Salad - Birthday Spiderman - £2.50

    Another great choice is this fab Spiderman birthday card from Papersalad

    Birthday Spiderman











    Rachel Ellen - POW Superhero Birthday - £2.00

    On the superhero vibe this fab card from Rachel Ellen of a superhero boy and his dog is also very popular - great fun and a great price.

    Birthday superhero











    Alljoy - Wobbly Head Pirate - £2.50

    This gorgeous card has a wobbly head and big wobbly eyes making it lots of fun to give - the birthday boy is sure to have lots of fun especially if he's having a pirate themed party!

    Alljoy wobble head cards











    Paper Salad - Birthday pirate - £2.50

    Another great pirate card is this popular card from Paper Salad

    Pirate birthday











    Lagom - Shark Birthday - £2.50

    Sharks and the sea are another popular choice for non-age birthday cards for boys. This one from Lagom is a great choice for boys aged 7 -10.

    shark birthday card











    Rachel Ellen - Birthday Shark - £2.75

    A great choice for a slightly younger shark loving birthday boy this card from Rachel Ellen is bright and fun.

    birthday shark











    Rachel Ellen - Birthday Digger - £2.00

    If vehicles are more their thing this great birthday card featuring a digger from Rachel Ellen could be one.

    birthday digger










    Paper Salad - Birthday Monkey - £2.50

    No ideas for boys birthday cards round up would be complete without a monkey card and this super cute card from Paper Salad really hits the mark!

    Birthday monkey











    I hope this little round-up has been of some help.

    If you'd like to see our full selection of non-age birthday cards for boys then just head over to our kids birthday cards section or age sections for loads of great birthday number cards.

    Until next time

    Mrs Postmark

  • Most popular birthday cards for him & her- Postmark Online

    Posted by postmark on 02/04/19

    What can you recommend?

    With so many customers popping in and out of our shops we often get asked to recommend cards, particularly best selling cards so we thought we'd put some recommendations for you of our bestselling occasion and birthday cards to help you make the best choice for your special occasion.

    Best selling birthday cards

    We sell more birthday cards than anything else (naturally...) so what better place to start than with our most popular birthday cards for him & her.

    Alice Scott - Old Age, coming for us all but today mainly you!











    Our bestselling birthday card for adults is this fantastic card from Alice Scott, published by Pigment Productions £2.95

    Rifle Paper - Birthday Girl - illustration of girl wearing big glasses with head scarf. Vintage cool feel











    Our second bestselling adult birthday card is 'Birthday Girl' from Rifle Paper. £3.50


    Funny tongue in cheek birthday card from Pigment productions. Featuring a buff man holing a dog - Caption I bought you this card because I know you like dogs











    Third on the list is this tongue-in-cheek number from Pigment Productions Nutty Neon range £2.50


    Alice Scott birthday card - Reads we are strong women raising strong children which is why we need strong drinks











    Our fourth bestselling birthday card for him and her is another great card from Alice Scott, published by Pigment Productions £2.95


    Alice Scott - Venn Diagram - birthday card











    Fifth on the list is another classic from Alice Scott, published by Pigment Productions £2.95


    Rifle Paper - Mariachi Birthda - Felix Cumpleanos










    This gorgeous card from Rifle Paper comes in 6th on our list of most popular birthday cards for him and her.  Superb quality and with a cool vintage vibe, this is a great birthday card £3.50


    The Art File - Birthday King











    One of our newest ranges, this great card from The Art File is a great birthday card for men. £2.50


    Pigment - yes you the old one











    One of my favourite birthday cards for both men and women from Pigment Productions Nutty Neon range, this one is cheeky and good fun to send those with, ahem, a few years on them! £2.50


    The Happy News - Birthday Vibes











    Send them good vibes on their birthday with our ninth most popular birthday card from The Happy News, published by Pigment Productions, £2.50


    Pinata pin badge card - Well Old











    Last, but by no means least, on this round up of our top ten bestselling birthday cards for him and her is this fab pin badge card from Redback cards Pinata range. A present and a card in one for that special (old!) person in your life. £4.00


    Hope this helps!


    Till next time

    Mrs PM

  • Mother's Day cards - our top picks

    Posted by postmark on 11/03/19

    Mother's Day 

    Sunday March 31st marks that special time of the year when we can celebrate our lovely Mum's on Mother's Day.

    A very British tradition this was the day when who those who had gone off to work as domestic servants were allowed to go home and visit their 'Mother' church with their family and friends - hence how it became known originally as 'Mothering Sunday' and then later as Mother's Day. Often this was the only day of the year when all the family could get together so it was a very special weekend.

    Falling on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter the date of Mother's Day in the UK is always changing.

    Today we mainly mark the day by giving cards and gifts we to our Mum's and if they're lucky a cup of tea and breakfast in bed (just saying Mr PM!)

    At Postmark we've got some lovely Mother's Day cards in stock both instore and online for you to choose from.

    Here's a look at my favourites.


    Noi - Mother's Day Bouquet - £2.50


    Mother's Day cards for single Mum's are hard to come by but we love this one from Dandelion Stationery it says - Lots of women could make a great Mum, but it takes one hell of a woman to be Dad too. Mother's Day cards for single Mum's are hard to come by but we love this one from Dandelion Stationery it says - Lots of women could make a great Mum, but it takes one hell of a woman to be Dad too.













    Traditional Mothering Sunday card from Paper Salad Traditional Mothering Sunday card from Paper Salad










    Rosie Made a Thing - Illustrated Mother's Day card - woman jumping over pole - Mum you're the brilliantest Rosie Made a Think - Brilliantest Mum - £2.50










    Think of Me - No Other Like My Mother Think of Me - No Other Like My Mother










    Louise Mulgrew - Mother's Day Butterflies - £2.50 Louise Mulgrew - Mother's Day Butterflies - £2.50











    Finding a Mother's Day card for your Step Mum can be tricky. Which is why we love this card from Dandelion Stationery. It reads - To My Wonderful Step Mum, being a fabulous parent requires patience, kindness and a whole lot of love. It does not require DNA.' Finding a Mother's Day card for your Step Mum can be tricky. Which is why we love this card from Dandelion Stationery. It reads - To My Wonderful Step Mum, being a fabulous parent requires patience, kindness and a whole lot of love. It does not require DNA.'



















  • Happy Birthday George!

    Posted by postmark on 26/02/19

    Hi everyone!

    Hope you're enjoying the amazing early Spring weather - we are!

    I'm a bit of a Beatles fan so I yesterday I was thinking about all their great music as it was George Harrison's birthday (Feb 25th).

    For four young lads from Liverpool they really did change the world of music and fashion and they continue to do so today.

    This great card from Will McPhail's A Colourful Mind collection published by Paperlink is really popular and couldn't be more apt as we remember George and the legacy of The Beatles.

    Happy Birthday George Harrison

    Love me do!

    Mrs Postmark

  • Grab a bargain - new sale section now live!

    Posted by postmark on 13/02/19

    Hi everyone!

    Now on sale, half price Cath Tate birthday bash One of our new sale cards

    Hope you've survived the start of the year?mt123-retail-1505836514

    In between trade shows I've also made a few changes to the website adding a new 'Bestsellers'  and 'Sale' section. The bestsellers section should make it easier for anyone in a rush to shop what's hot at Postmark and hopefully pick up a great card that will fit the bill.

    That said I finally persuaded myself when I remembered how much I love picking up a bargain and the thought of how happy getting these lovely cards at a great price will make our customers.

    At the moment there's a mix of Art cards and some birthday cards but keep an eye out new lines will be added soon including lots more birthday and some occasions. So if you're looking to fill up that card drawer this could be the perfect time to do so!

    RTE1907_Web-1494326085 (1)Happy shopping

    Mrs PM



  • Staff Picks!! Graham's Top 5!!

    Posted by postmark on 05/02/19

    At Postmark we LOVE cards and so do our staff.  So we thought we would ask our newest manager Graham of East Dulwich his top favourites!

    astronautStripey Cats - Arlo Astronaut  Elizabeth Tower

    I really love the diverse children’s range When I Grow Up from Stripey Cat, how great does Arlo look with his wobbly eyes and cool space helmet!

    I Drew This - Elizabeth Tower

    It’s nice to see such vibrant colours on this illustration by Ilona Drew from her London Landmarks range. I was surprised to learn that the Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower in 2012 although a lot of us will always refer to it by it’s well known nickname Big Ben!

    back upLiz Climo for Redback - Backup 

    There are good days and bad days but Simpsons animator Liz Climo knows the best way to turn a day around is Pizza, with this card I am all sure we can relate to every once in a while.

    Meraki - Sloth 

    This fab card made in England by Meraki from their Just Peachy range perfectly sums up what you should aim for on a hot summers eve in my opinion. sloth

    IngnoranceKiss Me Kwik - Ignorance 

    Simple and effective, I have no idea why this card resonates so much with me but who cares, it’s great!

    Thank you Graham for your super cool choices.  All these fantastic cards and much much more are available to buy in store at any of our London branches, Balham, Chiswick, East Dulwich and Greenwich or online.

    GrahamUntil next time Mrs PM

  • Let there be love! The history of Valentine's Day

    Posted by postmark on 24/01/19

    The New Year is well underway and we're looking forward to the arrival of the Spring season's starting with the loveeeeely Valentine's Day.

    Noi Valentine's CardNow Valentine's Day comes in for a fair bit of criticism as an overly commercial day, which perhaps is not unfair in some parts, but what most people might not realise is that the day has a rich history stretching back as far as the Roman Empire.

    Back then the February 14th was part of a longer three day fertility festival during which the men would sacrifice sheep and use the skins to whip women believing that this would increase fertility! Think I'd rather stick to the card and flowers please.

    When Christianity began to flourish in the area they decided to make February 14th a Saint's day in an attempt to reclaim the festival for Christianity, something they did across the pagan calendar.  Although unproven it's been claimed the saint this day is named after - Valentine - was imprisoned for helping other prisoners. While Louise Mulgrew Valentine's cardincarcerated he fell in love with his jailors daughter and sent her a note signing off - 'from your Valentine'. While it's highly unlikely that this ever happened it has inspired a sense of romance around this date.

    It wasn't until the 15th century that Valentine's began to take off as a major celebration of love.  First at the French court where a lavish three day banquet would be held. This tradition seems to have spread to the UK as the British Library holds the oldest known Valentine's card sent by one Margery Brews to her fiancé John Paston. In this letter Margery describes John as her “right well-beloved Valentine”.

    Sending cards to mark this Saint's day really took off in the 18th century. These were mainly handmade efforts decorated with love knots and verses and slipped secretly Stop the Clock - Valentine's Ballonunder someone's door. The arrival of the industrial revolution in the 19th century changed all this and allowed Valentine's cards to be made on an industrial scale. For Victorians the more eleborate the card, and the more you were seen to have spent on it, meant the stronger you love for your Valentine.

    Jonathan King was a card manufacturer during this time and collected an impressive 1,700 Valentine's cards which are now housed Museum of London. The modernisation of the British postal system meant it was now affordable for most people to send a card through the post leading to a huge increase in Valentine's Day cards being sent. In 1820 an estimated 200,000 were sent in London alone.

    Around this time 'Vinegar Valentine's' also became popular. These insulting Valentine's cards would be sent to amuse and were often sent by men to their friends.

    Funny Valentine's CardAs more people began to travel and emigrate the Valentine's card made it's way to America where it became hugely popular. This then lead to the real commercialisation of Valentine's Day that we know today which includes not only sending cards but flowers, chocolates and the giving of gifts.

    At Postmark we're just sticking with the old fashioned Valentine's card and this year we've got a great selection including some great funny Valentine's cards.

    You can check them out here

    See you soon

    Mrs PM



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