Simple, it’s a mini piece of art, of course you sign it!
When I was a little girl, I used to draw a rose on the back of my homemade cards and call them “Amanda Greetings” or “Hallmandy.” I didn’t know what copyright infringement was back then but, I knew the back shouldn’t be left blank.
As I got older, I discovered cute “handcrafted by” rubber stamps and I used those to create my own brand. Nowadays, I usually draw a little heart and sign my first name. It feels more like art that way, and quite frankly, it looks more like art these days too.
Believe it or not, I’ve often had students that didn’t feel comfortable signing the back of the cards they made. Sometimes it was because they didn’t feel like it was good enough, sometimes because it was my design instead of their own. No matter what, I always encourage everyone to sign them. In the end, no two are ever identical and if you put the time and effort into making something, you should get the credit.
What if you’re not proud of it? I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes the ideas in our heads don’t translate to paper that well. So…If it’s exceptionally bad, sign someone else’s name! Or if it’s a little naughty, sign your stage name 😉