Category Archives: Greeting Cards

Thinking of You Week 2019: Make Someone Smile

Thinking of You Week (September 23 – 29, 2019) is just around the corner. First launched in the U.K., this weeklong celebration seeks to create awareness for the positive impact a greeting card with a handwritten note can have on the recipient—especially when it’s unexpected—and to encourage more meaningful connections and caring interactions throughout the year.

While greeting cards are often sent to friends and family, this fun week encourages us to reach out to other special people in our lives—a favorite teacher, important public servant, emergency room doctor, nursing home resident, mail carrier, and the barista who always remembers how we like our coffee. Embrace the challenge to create a wave of happiness and make someone smile with just three little words: “Thinking of You.”

Once again, the US Postal Service (USPS) is supporting the event with a Thinking of You postmark. Last year over 500 million residences across the US saw the commemorative postmark on first class mail during the month of September.

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New Valentine Cards!


Inside text: Be Mine

Travis Bone

Featured Artist: Travis Bone is the founder and creative force behind the poster and illustration studio Furturtle Show Prints. As Bone puts it, “the weird state of Utah” is home and a constant inspiration for his iconic imagery. Bold yet economical use of color and line work reminiscent of hand-carvings abound in his sometimes dark, often whimsical illustrations. Although Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed posters that often feature bands that a few people have heard of, Bone is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for myriad purpose.


Inside text: Connected by heart strings.


Inside Text: You set my heart aflame.


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Denise Gallagher

Featured Artist: Denise Gallagher draws incessantly and loves to make beautiful things. She has been recognized for her talents by such esteemed organizations as Print magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Gallagher’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US. Her images provide glimpses of a mysterious tale that has yet to be written. Seemingly random objects become deeply meaningful and infused with magic. Gallagher’s work is meandering, mysterious, and never mundane.


Inside Text: I’d follow you anywhere.

Renée Locks

Feature Artist: Renée Locks is a painter, calligrapher and poet. She taught Western calligraphy for ten years before devoting herself to the sumi-e brush and shodo – the way of writing beautifully. Locks is inspired by ancient Asian calligraphy, especially by the Japanese Kansai style of writing, which is executed rapidly and without lines. She describes it as “like walking a tightrope between control and freedom, mind focused as a straight arrow, from top of head through the brush, no hesitation.” She paints on 300-year-old rice paper and grinds her own ink with an ink stick and water on a special stone.

You can visit our full selection on Love and Valentine cards on our website.

Free Valentine Card Giveaway

A FaceBook promotion — “LIKE US” on our FB Page and vote for your favorite Card. You will be entered to win a free 6 pack of that card.

You can also enter by commenting here on our blog.

Winter Holidays in May?

Stationary Trends Magazine Furturtle Holiday Greeting Card Feature

Stationary Trends Magazine
Furturtle Holiday Greeting Card Feature

Our new Furturtle Holiday Cards are featured in the spring edition of Stationery Trends Magazine. Check out the Winter Holiday section in their Market Style Update.

Amber Lotus Publishing is proud to offer these bright, quirky cards based on rock and roll gig posters by Furturtle Show Prints. They are printed on recycled, textured watercolor card stock, which evokes the feeling of the original screen prints.



Nutty or Nice

Nutty or Nice



Dancing & Prancing

Dancing & Prancing

Joy! | Nutty or Nice | Wheeee! | Dancing & Prancing

Girl Talk Gig Poster - by Furturtle Show Prints

Partnering with Travis Bone, the creative genius behind Furturtle Show Prints, has been a delight. We first discovered his screen prints while researching images for our Gig Posters Wall calendar (his Girl Talk Poster is included in the 2013 edition). Travis is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for a myriad of purposes. His art has translated brilliantly into an exciting new line of holiday and occasional greeting cards.

Gig Posters 2013 Wall Calendar

Gig Posters 2013 Wall Calendar

In addition to the Holiday series we are also excited to offer these new occasional cards. Go Forth Boldly | Cat-Fish Birthday | Red Fox Birthday | Magical Mermaid

Go Forth Boldly

Go Forth Boldly

Cat-Fish Birthday

Cat-Fish Birthday

Red Fox Birthday

Red Fox Birthday

Magical Mermaid

Magical Mermaid

These cards will be available for purchase in July online at or at your local retailer.

Dance for life!

For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise. More recently we’ve seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.

Then most recently we’ve heard of another benefit: Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter. A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one’s mind can ward off Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit. Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. Read more from Stanford University’s Richard Powers:

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

National Stationery Show in NYC – May 15-18

Amber Lotus is gearing up for an exciting week in NYC come this May. We will be featuring our New RENÉE LOCKS card line, as well as other exciting new products.

Stop by and see the full line at the NSS in the Hartman Cards booth #3520.

Amber Lotus Publishing is excited to announce a new line of RENÉE LOCKS greeting cards. In a style of elegant simplicity, Renée pairs her charismatic sumi-e calligraphy with expressive watercolor paintings to create a delightful harmony of art and words, both nourishing and wise. These cards are offered as greeted or blank inside. They are 4.75″ x 6.75″ and printed on textured watercolor paper. Cards retail at $2.75 each.

To see the full line visit us at the NSS in Hartman Cards booth #3520.
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Renée Locks’ cards have always been the very foundation of our company. Core
customers like the bookshop at St. Martin-in-the-Fields are simply buying
the complete line of Amber Lotus Renée Locks cards. It is rare in the art card world to find classics that do not go out of fashion. We are delighted that Renée is now with Amber Lotus.
—Tony Pol, Vision Antics

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The Moon and the Sun!

Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”–the biggest in almost 20 years.

Nasa’s full story on the Moon.

Coinciding with the Super Moon this year is Spring Equinox

Celtic Folk Soul

The winter is finally leaving us. With a little more lightness in our steps, we enter the month of the spring (or vernal) equinox. This is the time when day and night are of equal length and we begin to feel the promise of the sun on our faces as the days become longer than the nights. Is it any wonder that traditions celebrating youth, rebirth, and all green things are prevalent this time of year?

 According to some modern groups, the Anglo-Saxon (one of the Germanic tribes) spring goddess Eostre is believed to have been the origin of the terms Easter and east as well as traditions such as painted eggs and the Easter bunny.

 The egg is a symbol of rebirth and the hare a symbol of fertility. She later came to be known as Eostara or Ostara, which is the Wiccan name for this holiday. She is sometimes also associated with the dawn or even thought to be the dawn itself. She heralds the bringing of the light and warmth.
from Pagan Holidays – Spring Equinox – Squidoo