Marketplace: Save on Boxed Dozen Holiday Cards

It’s time for my annual sale on boxed dozen holiday cards, $10.00 per box! You can stock up now and have them on hand next year so you can get started early. If you scroll all the way down you’ll see it’s not only my feline card designs, but my nature card designs 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 designs as you’d like.
  • Use the code $10DOZENGREETINGCARDS in your shopping cart for the discount.

Why the annual sale?

Mariposa and Bella watching birds.
Mariposa and Bella stalk birds outside the window.

The places I’ve had my greeting cards printed has changed over the years, and cards get to look a little tired after I’ve brought them out for several years in a row. Every so often I update the designs too. Now I print with all smaller local printers who can give me a good price on smaller runs (under 100 cards) to save cost, and the need for storage space.

But even though I’m using the same designs and ordering the same basic specifications for paper and finish, each printer is a little different, and when I add new cards into older sets they’re often just different enough that it’s noticeable. I used to end up with a lot of stray cards—no, not cats, but cards!—and could sometimes sell them individually, or box them in mixed dozens, but they usually went to the clearance rack, and in time the ones left had bent-up corners, ripped spines, fingerprints, and the envelope glue had sealed from humidity. The clear-top greeting card boxes I pack them in don’t fare well over time either. In the end cards barely broke even in terms of cost, but customers do like them, and I like to have them on hand for the regular shoppers.

Each year I package up dozens of holiday cards for my holiday events and sales, even this year when people could pick up curbside. A few years ago when I found the local printers who could print 50 to 100 at a time for a price I could still sell reasonably I decided to have a clearance of the cards I already had boxed at the end of the year. When I printed again over the summer I could start fresh and everyone could buy “new” cards, and later I’d have just a small number in the clearance rack.

So, here we go!

 

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. gloss card stock and includes a matching envelope, half dozens and dozens 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. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope, half dozens and dozens 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. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope, half dozens and dozens 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. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope, half dozens and dozens 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. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope, half dozens and dozens packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

The card is blank inside, but with a minimum order of four dozen they can also be customized with your message or logo (please convo on Etsy).7″ card is printed on 14 pt. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope.

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.

With a minimum order of four dozen it can also be customized with your message or logo (please convo on Etsy).

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. gloss card stock and includes a matching envelope, half dozens and dozens 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.

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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Mimi helps me pack cards.

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

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3 thoughts on “Marketplace: Save on Boxed Dozen Holiday Cards

  • January 1, 2021 at 11:10 am
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    I am trying to order the Sophie card, but it keeps saying coupon invalid. 🙁

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    • January 1, 2021 at 11:25 am
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      I can’t figure it out! I tried ordering it myself, and I get the same error, but the coupon code is correct. I will work on this! I’m so sorry!

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    • January 1, 2021 at 11:37 am
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      Fixed it! Background coding had a symbol that wasn’t permitted. Probably some kitty stepped on my keyboard!

      Reply

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