In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar.
Add the corn syrup, eggs, salt and vanilla and mix well.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and cardamom.
Gradually add the creamed mixture and beat well.
Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350°.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Cut with your favorite cookie cutters.
Bake on greased cookie sheets at 350° for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on size of cutouts.