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Marketplace: Save on Boxed Dozen Holiday Cards

Waiting on Christmas Night, pastel, 10″ x 12″, 2021© Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Waiting on Christmas Night, pastel, 10″ x 12″, 2021 © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Above, my award-winning 2021 painting of Mewsette waiting for me at the window on Christmas night—as a holiday card!

It’s never too early to get your holiday cards! I actually have 13 different feline-themed designs including cards with Christmas or winter holidays art or photography, cards with a winter theme and cards that I’ve hand-printed, so there is plenty of variety to choose from. All but the ones I print by hand are included in this discount of $1.00 per card, or $12.00 per dozen, plus the flat $5.00 shipping charge.

Below, cards for Christmas, and friends tell me they use the “star of wonder” theme for Hanukkah.

Cards lost some popularity with electronic communications, but I’m glad to see they are coming around again. I mentioned I’d sold quite a few at the AAFP conference, and the holiday cards were second only to the sympathy cards.

Below is the set I call “Winter Cats,” feline scenes of naps and baths and contemplation in the cool, quiet light of winter.

cat greeting cards
Winter Cats, set of cards.

Immediately below is information about each design with a link to find the product post, or you can visit “Feline Seasonal and Holiday Cards” on Portraits of Animals to browse them all.

Below my feline cards I’ve also added my nature and wildlife holiday cards because I know many of you enjoy that as well.

  • All cards are 5″ x 7″, most have messages inside, all come with envelopes, often an assortment of envelopes depending on the colors on the card.
  • You can’t mix and match within a box, but you can order as many different dozens as you’d like.
  • Use the code $12GREETINGCARDSETS in your shopping cart for the discount.

 

 

Waiting on Christmas Night

Waiting on Christmas Night, pastel, 10″ x 12″, 2021© Bernadette E. Kazmarski
Waiting on Christmas Night, pastel, 10″ x 12″, 2021© Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Mewsette always sat in the window and waited for me in those days, holidays or not. I took a bunch of photos of her at the window when I had my holiday decorations up over several years from 2009 to 2013, and shared them on my website, The Creative Cat, After that year I quit with the candles because my fosters and my cats had too much fun, all I did was put them back in place, even though I had them taped to the windowsill.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

Click here to read more and purchase.


Cookie’s Holiday Cheer

Cookie's full of holiday cheer.
Cookie’s full of holiday cheer.

You know that Cookie is usually the sweetest tortoiseshell kitty you’d ever want to meet, but she’s less than thrilled about modeling. Especially when she’s been…”decorated”.

On the back:

“You’ll Pay For This.”
Photo • 2006

“This is not how I want to be remembered.”
It all started when I set the silver sparkle ball on Cookie’s head, and she gave me the tortie look, but stayed put. Cookie isn’t really wild about modeling for her mom’s stupid pictures. But you don’t see her running away. Too bad for Cookie. You can read about that photo shoot here.

Inside card.

Inside at left.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

Click here to purchase.


Star of Wonder

"Star of Wonder"
“Star of Wonder”

This card features a simple, wordless illustration of a cat looking at a star.

I love to design with silhouettes. As an artist I turn to my surroundings for creative output, and what better models are my family of five black cats than creating with feline silhouettes? Using a photo of Mr. Sunshine looking up at a moth, I created his silhouette including all those lovely long whiskers and fur tips. I created the star motif years ago for another holiday design project for a customer, and I’m glad to use it for my designs this year. You can read more about the design here.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

Click here to purchase these cards.


Can We Get That Thing?

holiday card featuring kittens looking at star
Can We GetThat thing?

This card features a wordless illustration of the Curious Quartet looking at a star.

Inside card.

Inside the card reads: “…they look-ed up, and sa-aw a star …
…and they WANTED it!

I love to design with silhouettes. As an artist I turn to my surroundings for creative output, and what better models are my family of five black cats than creating with feline silhouettes?

For this illustration I used reference photos I’d taken of the Curious Quartet when they were just little kitties watching birds. I created the star motif years ago for another holiday design project for a customer, and I’m glad to use it for my designs this year. You can read more about this design here.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

Click here to purchase these cards


Sophie Gets a Look at Herself

holiday card with cat
Sophie Gets a Look at Herself

Sophie was a little goofy, and did at one time look at herself in a glass ornament on the tree…for my holiday card in 1999 I decided to illustrate that memory in a quick little sketch!

On the back:

Sophie Gets a Look at Herself
Pastel • 1999

The message inside reads: “Hope your Christmas is full of wonderful surprises!”

Inside card.

Whether or not Sophie thinks she is all nose with tiny eyes and ears or that every ornament has her image on it, I don’t know, but she certainly looked a little disconcerted at encountering her reflection in this way. In any case, she provided the inspiration for a bright, cheerful piece of holiday artwork!

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

Click here to purchase this card.


Peace on Earth

holiday card with dog and cat
A Cat Named Peace, a Dog Named Earth

Look a little closer at those markings…what do you see?

A Cat Named Peace, A Dog Named Earth
Pen and Ink Illustration • 1997

For my holiday card in 1997, I was puzzling out yet another way to say “Peace on Earth”. I saw an illustration that had each hemisphere of a globe on either side of a Christmas tree ornament, and thought the idea of using the globe was clever. Creating portraits of spotted dogs and spotted cats at the time, something in my brain put it all together for me. While I regularly create linoleum block prints, I decided to draw this one out instead of cutting it! Don’t know why…

I decided to bring this design back out this year!

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

 

Click here to purchase this card.


An Old Memory

cat-themed holiday card
An Old Memory

This card is based on a photo I took years ago…

An Old memory
Photo • 1983

Cut-paper snowflakes taped
to a wavy glass window reflecting
the big front porch from an apartment I lived in long ago,
and a cat I will always remember from when he and I were very young,
just beginning,
me just getting to know my camera, and my art;
how did I capture a perfectly blended image to reflect those times?

Inside card.

This card has a message inside: Wishing you wonderful memories this holiday season and new year.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

Click here to purchase this card.


Winter Cats

Not really a “holiday” set, but all images of winter light for that time of year.

You know those moments where you walk upon a scene of your cats doing something that you always want to remember, whether it’s a regular habit or a one-time thing? This scene was one of Stanley’s regular habits during his last few years; every afternoon he’d head upstairs with intent and I’d find him curled in the same spot on the bed.

All of my art begins with a moment, be the subject my cats or nature or even a more abstract visual theme. It’s where I go from that moment of inspiration that differs from one work to the next. Sometimes I’ll decide on a more formal portrait, more detailed, more planned, to capture a moment. I’ll take photos and write a few notes and keep it in my files for the day when I have time to follow up, and often this is determined by how often and how clearly my original image appears in my conscious mind—sometimes a painting really wants to be done and I find myself visualizing it all the time, other times it leaves and comes back at a moment that is meaningful. But sometimes I’ll do a quick sketch and leave it at that. The image is simple, it works best small, I only want to capture the mood, and there isn’t enough essential detail to warrant a larger, more detailed piece.

These 5″ x 7″ cards are printed on 12 pt. satin-finish card stock and includes a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

You can read more about each of these images here. Click here to purchase the cards.


Nature and Wild Birds

These sets inspired by nature are designed from my paintings and photographs from my backyard and the trails I enjoy in winter. Each set includes four or more designs. Click on any image to read more about it on Portraits Of Animals.

Backyard Birds

Backyard Birds greeting cards
Backyard Birds greeting cards

Unexpected Berries


Winter Walks


Winter Beauty

Cardinals Brighten a Snowy Day

This set actually has four designs.

Cardinals Brighten a Snowy Day

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Mariposa and Bella watching birds.

Mariposa and Bella stalk birds outside the window.

Take a look at other new merchandise and featured artwork.

Marketplace is a feature on The Creative Cat to share the latest coming out of my studio with my readers. Once a week on Thursday I feature something new in my “shop”.

Read about creating custom items

Find out more about creating custom items for your own home using the images you see here. Visit the “Ordering Custom Art” page to see samples and read bout how to order.

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Sign up for my e-newsletter (below), check the widget on the sidebar on my home page, or sign up to receive posts on Portraits of Animals Marketplace. I plan on plenty of events this coming summer in the Pittsburgh area.

It’s all done under the close and careful supervision of my studio cats!


Copyright

All images and text used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission, although links to your site are more than welcome and are shared. Please ask if you are interested in using and image or story in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of an image or a product including it, check my animal and nature website Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit Ordering Custom Artwork for more information on a custom greeting card, print or other item.


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