Feline-themed holiday cards from Portraits of Animals.

Tis Almost the Seasons for Feline-themed Holiday Cards

Feline-themed holiday cards from Portraits of Animals.

Feline-themed holiday cards from Portraits of Animals.

From handmade to printed I have a selection of feline-themed cards inspired by my evolving family of felines.

All cards are designed from my photographs and paintings which you can purchase individually, as a mixed set or a set of all the same design.

In addition to my commercially-printed cards I also have two designs which are hand-printed as block prints for a completely unique card which becomes original art.

Below are a few selections from what you see above.

Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Seasons: Star of Wonder

Star of Wonder holiday card.

Star of Wonder holiday card.

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

Inside card.

Inside it reads: “May the wonder of the season bring you peace and joy through the year.”

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.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope, each dozen packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box.

And as a spoiler, I’m designing several gift items this season with this design. You’ll see them here soon!

Tortie Cats: 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”.

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. She was willing, I swear, in fact it was all her idea! you can read about it on The Creative Cat.

On the back:

“You’ll Pay For This.”
Photo • 2006 

“This is not how I want to be remembered.”

Inside card.

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

Nostalgia: An Old Memory

An Old Memory, holiday card

An Old Memory, holiday card

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

On the back:

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

Hand-printed: Window Kitty, Snowy Night

Window Kitty, Snowy Night hand-printed card

Window Kitty, Snowy Night hand-printed card

Kitty is waiting in the window for you to return home. This card is a linoleum block print I designed for my holiday card in 2001. It’s printed in cobalt blue ink on smooth yellow card stock, then overprinted with iridescent glitter in a clear base to simulate the sense of falling snow at night.

I like to do something different for my holiday cards every year, and in 2001 decided to take my block prints a step further by adding a glittery finish, but it didn’t work well until newer glitter-based finishes were available. I’m very pleased with how it turned out, but it doesn’t photograph or scan well enough to see the actual finish.

The design is based on coming home at night from work for years and seeing one or another of my cats in this very window, usually Sally, watching for me as I came from the driveway.

Where most of my other cards are printed commercially, each of these cards is hand-printed by me on my little Speedball printing press. I usually print a run of 48 cards at a time, so each set is in its own way a limited edition.

Block printing is a technique wherein the artist carves the surface of a piece of linoleum, leaving raised areas which will become the image. Ink is rolled onto these raised areas, then a piece of paper is pressed against the block and when it’s lifted away the ink remains, leaving the image on the paper. Because of this process, each print is slightly different and therefore unique.

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed in water-based ink on yellow card stock, iridescent glitter finish hand-rolled onto the paper, and hand trimmed and folded. It includes a matching envelope. Cards are blank inside and can also be framed.

Cats and dogs: Peace on Earth

“A Cat Named Peace, A Dog Named Earth”, holiday card

“A Cat Named Peace, A Dog Named Earth”, holiday card

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…

This 5″ x 7″ card is printed on 12 pt. gloss card stock and include a matching envelope, packed in a clear-top white cardboard greeting card box. The card is blank inside.

That’s not all of them—for more visit Feline Seasonal and Holiday Cards.

I also have nature and wildlife themed holiday cards. To see them all in one place visit Seasonal and Holiday Cards.

And I’m not saying I won’t have other gift items in these designs too…

Other items with the same art or design To find all items on this site with the same art or design, use the search box for the name of the artwork and you'll find all that's available.

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