JK Designs: Distinctive Cards That Connect

Our Story

Jean and Karen of JK Designs

JK Designs

Established in May 2004

by Karen Gumkowski and Jean Dunning


Creative pursuits have always been a part of both their lives, launching a craft-oriented business was the perfect blend of their talents. Their eye for color and love of fine paper created a natural progression into the greeting card industry.
JK Designs creates original mixed media greeting cards, invitations, announcements and enclosures in their Cromwell, CT studio. With a small line of twenty cards and a tank full of gas, they set off to share their designs with retail shops around Connecticut. As word spread, the business grew and continues to evolve daily. JK Designs' retail collection has surpassed 400 designs, with fresh ideas always blossoming.

While they continued to wholesale their all-occasion line to retail shops throughout the state, they found meeting new faces in the business community an integral part of their growing business. JK Designs is an active member of the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce, serving on the steering committee of the Middlesex Businesswomen's Alliance & Creative Juice, the Arts Council.They have also co-hosted the Micro-Business Council. In the process of becoming active in the business community, Jean and Karen have developed a "shop local" attitude. They have come to realize that a successful economy begins with support for their own neighbors.

The adventure continued with the addition of a business line, geared specifically to help businesses connect with their clients. They enjoy each new challenge customizing designs for their corporate accounts.

They were able to use their talents in the invitations and details for three family weddings. It was a wonderful opportunity to share their creativity and opened up new possibilities for them in the invitation field.

Jean and Karen's attention to detail is evidenced in every aspect of their business, including their eco-friendly attitude. They enjoy helping people celebrate life's moments through their greeting cards. Each mixed-media card is designed and made entirely by hand in their Cromwell, CT studio.

© JK Designs 2014
Contact Us: info@cardsbyjkdesigns.com