Six Valentine Cards for all sorts of Valentines.

Feline-inspired Valentines, Set

Six Valentine Cards for all sorts of Valentines.

Six Valentine Cards for all sorts of Valentines.

As an artist I turn to my surroundings for creative output, and you may recognize many of the photos and illustrations I’ve used to create these cards. Each of the cats depicted here is one of mine, even if they are in yellow marker outlined in black. My cats have no choice but to be models, especially “if they like to eat” as I always tell them when they roll their eyes.

These cards are 5″ x 7″ and are printed on 12 pt. gloss cover, uncoated inside, and nearly all have a message inside. Orders of a half dozen or more are packed in a clear-top vinyl greeting card box.

While they are clearly useful for Valentine’s Day with all that red and loving purrs, you can also use them for all-purpose greeting cards, sympathy, thinking of you, friendship, or find some frames for 5″ x 7″ images and frame them for your walls.

  • Cards are available in custom quantities or sets.
  • Cards are available individually in separate listings.
  • Each card has a message inside, as shown below.
  • Choice of red or white envelope, or a mix of both.
  • Price includes shipping.
  • If no choices are made, the default order is: half dozen, one card in each design; dozen, two cards in each design; all red envelopes

About each design

Two Yellow Cats

This card was designed from one of my daily sketches and just lends itself to a variety of themes—Valentine, friendship, thinking of you…I introduced it for Valentine’s Day but actually offer it in two designs. You may just be friends with the recipient, or you may be using the card for an entirely different purpose, so I offer this design with a heart, and without.

Two Yellow Cats Valentine.

Two Yellow Cats Valentine.

Two Yellow Cats everyday car.Two Yellow Cats everyday car.

Two Yellow Cats everyday card.

The message inside is “…purrrr….purrrrr…purrrrr…” in my own handwriting in an attempt to simulate the kitty purring on my lap at the time, a message that can be given to a friend or to someone who is a little more than a friend.

Text inside “Two Yellow Cats”, both design versions.

Text inside “Two Yellow Cats”, both design versions.

Both design options are available all the time so you can send your chosen greeting any time of the year.

This card comes with choice of red, white or yellow acid-free envelopes which are inkjet/laser compatible.

About the artwork

This daily sketch was done in felt-tip brush markers, signed and dated 7/7/12.

“Even if it’s too hot to cuddle, I still love my sister.”

That’s Jelly Bean and Mewsette enjoying a quiet moment looking out the basement door. Actually, Jelly Bean was trying to get Mewsette to give him a little bath on the head, knowing that if he leaned in at just the right angle and just the right moment, Mewsette would turn and lick him without even thinking about it. It didn’t work, but it was okay.

Jelly Bean and Mewsette are black but as you know I have fun sketching them in totally unrealistic colors. In this case I wanted to express the sunshine on a hot summer morning. After I’d looked at it a few times I could just imagine a little red heart above the two so I drew that separately, but in the same style.

Nuzzles and Purrrrrs

Nuzzles and Purrrrrs for Valentine’s Day!

Nuzzles and Purrrrrs for Valentine’s Day!

The operatically romantic Giuseppe  Basil Verdi and the French-Canadian belle femme Mlle. Daisy Emerald Marguerite have been carrying on a long-distance affaire since the summer of 2011; they always conclude their correspondence with “nuzzles and purrrrrs”, hence the name and the text inside.

The inspiration for this card.

The inspiration for this card.

I photographed Mewsette and Giuseppe cuddling on my desk while I worked at my computer and posted them as a daily photo. So many readers immediately said “Valentine” that I thought I’d oblige with a design! And even though it’s Mewsette and not Mlle. Daisy, Mewsette looks so much like the lovely and dignified Mlle. that she is a stand-in when needed, and always knows when her brother needs a hug.

Text inside “Nuzzles and Purrs”.

The message inside is “NUZZLES AND PURRRRRS” in a really fun font. Card comes with choice of red or white acid-free envelopes which are inkjet/laser compatible.

You Are My Heart Cat

“Heart Cats”, featuring Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette.

“Heart Cats”, featuring Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette.

This card is possibly the most popular of them all.

The siblings of the Fantastic Four often cuddle and hug, cheek to cheek, but this design, adapted from the original heart-shaped cats photo of Mr. Sunshine and Mewsette is still my favorite; the background color of the card is adapted from the color of their eyes.

I photographed these two in the bathroom at night in poor light, but no matter, such a sweet photo, I’d do my best. Since then I’ve adapted the two into many different designs and colors. Here, for Valentine’s day, they are solid black with the solid cerise of their eyes, and just one red heart as they hug.

Text inside “You Are My Heart Cat”

Text inside “You Are My Heart Cat”

The message inside is “YOU ARE MY HEART CAT” in a really fun font. Card comes with choice of red or white acid-free envelopes—I just can’t match that background color, so no yellow—which are inkjet/laser compatible.

Purple Cats, Red Blanket

“Purple Cats, Red Blanket”

“Purple Cats, Red Blanket”

This daily sketch was done in felt-tip ink technical drawing pen with watercolor washes, signed and dated 1/6/12, and pictures Jelly Bean and Mewsette using a red blanket I’d tossed to the landing for the laundry as a comfy impromptu cat bed.

Black cats, like white cats, have all sorts of colors in their fur, and in the day’s filtered sunlight their fur glistened with all sorts of highlights and shadows. The randomly shaped and wrinkled red blanket heightened the range of colors in their fur and even the neutral wood floor held random combinations in its old unfinished grain. Mostly, the composition was what attracted me in the first place: two similar heavy rounded shapes, the random soft shape and the smooth shape brought elements together in a very pleasing way.

“Purple Cats, Red Blanket”

“Purple Cats, Red Blanket”

The message inside is “Purr Hearts” in my handwriting and hand-drawn heart-pawprints.

Steal a Moment

Steal a Moment With a Kitty You Love

Steal a Moment With a Kitty You Love

This photo was originally an unfocused mistake but I liked it better than the focused version, and so did many readers of The Creative Cat.

The message inside is “HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY”—imagine that!

Inside the card.

Inside the card.

Card comes with choice of red or white acid-free envelopes which are inkjet/laser compatible.

Silhouettes for Valentine’s Day

Silhouettes for Valentine’s Day.

Silhouettes for Valentine’s Day.

I originated this design as a Halloween card using autumn shades in October 2011, but with a little color change it suits Valentine’s Day. It features my photograph of the full Harvest Moon and the silhouettes of Jelly Bean and Mimi derived from a photo of the two.

Unlike all the others, this card is blank inside, ready for your message.

Card comes with choice of red or white acid-free envelopes which are inkjet/laser compatible.

These cards are 5″ x 7″ and are printed on 12 pt. gloss cover, uncoated inside, and nearly all have a message inside. Orders of a half dozen or more are packed in a clear-top vinyl greeting card box.

  • Choice of red or white envelope, or a mix of both.
  • Price includes shipping.
  • If no choice is made, the default envelope color is red.

 

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