The theme of the greeting cards is essentially "Funny because it's so serious", and I'd like the logo to represent that. It should stand out, but not be cartoony, silly or cute.
I like clean designs, beautiful fonts, and am open to anything from a simple minimal design to some sort of crest or whatever you feel could best represent my brand.
I think something like a portrait of a giraffe or other animal wearing a monocle represents the "funny because it's so serious" theme, but it shouldn't be "cute" or overly cartoony, but rather serious, regal & elegant. See the pics I attached for reference. But I want to see what you designers can come up with, so if you don't like that than go with something else!
One thing to keep in mind is that it'll be on the back of a greeting card, so it should be clean & cohesive enough to work within that framework.
I'm also open to working with the winning designer in the future as I have many ideas I'm interested in, and may be interested in multiple logos (to be discussed privately).