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Note Cards, “My Cats in the Sun”

"My Cats in the Sun" set of cards.

“My Cats in the Sun” set of cards.

This set of note cards was recently featured in an Etsy Treasury, “Summer Pets”.

This was my first full-color set of cards, made from those first four paintings of Stanley, Moses, Sally and Cookie that changed the course of my art career. Each time I looked at these paintings in my home I could just picture them as note cards.

In 1997, in the days before digital printing, I finally got the process started and spoke to one of the printers I worked with now and then through my employer, discussing size, paper stock and file preparation, choosing an A-6 and a satin-finish ivory cover stock. I’d been a graphic designer for years at my day job and had also freelanced for years at home and had my own computer, so I set about preparing my files.

Scanning my own artwork I set up the cards with the image in the center surrounded by a series of lines in tones that matched the painting, much as a French mat would be. It’s a very old-fashioned style of design, but I wanted the cards to look old-fashioned, like cards I remembered as a child.

Bright sunshine on anything will inspire me, especially when it’s illuminating one of my cats…and so I’d like to share that inspiration with other feline fans. These four designs are printed from my original artwork, each of them cats who’ve shared my life past and present.

 

after dinner nap note card image

 

After Dinner Nap

Stanley didn’t have many relaxed moments during the day, but one of them was always a spot of sun right after dinner and a nice bath. Rather than disturb him by trying to share in his contentment and fussing over him, I chose to render the warmth of the sun on his side and the depth of the early evening shadows all around.

a warm bath note card

A Warm Bath © B.E. Kazmarski

A Warm Bath

My white cat was endlessly inspiring to me, and I would need two lifetimes to recreate all the images of her that I have photographed and saw every day. With all that lustrous long white fur, Sally’s baths are quite a production, but each bath is like a graceful dance, especially when taken in the morning sun.

a rosy glow note card

A Rosy Glow © B.E. Kazmarski

A Rosy Glow

She found a warm spot to sleep in the sun on that old pink sweater of mine, and the look of contentment on her face was my first inspiration, especially since Miss Moses (we all thought she was a boy) had been a feral kitten and all her life hesitated to walk across the center of any room, finding security in keeping close to the furniture. But there she is in the middle of the room looking rather smug—I can almost hear her purr.

the little sunflower note card

The Little Sunflower © B.E. Kazmarski

The Little Sunflower

Real sunworshippers, all of my cats wait for the sun to enter the house in the morning and take their appointed spots. The brilliance of that first light and its reflections around the room, plus the contrast of all the exaggerated straight-line shapes with the organic shape of little Cookie and her shadow inspired this one.

my cats in the sun note cards logoOrdering Information
Cards include a border as shown, and are printed in full color on matte-finish ivory stock. They are blank inside, 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” and come with cream opaque square-flap envelopes.

They are available in packs of 12 with three cards in each of the four images or boxes of individual images. Different combinations are available on request. You can find these cards in my Marketplace, and also as a set in my Etsy shop.



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All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, check my Etsy shop or Fine Art America profile 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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“Feline Sketches” Note Cards, Writing Paper and Memo Pads

Feline Sketches note cards header

My ever-inspiring family of felines causes me to carry both my camera and a sketch pad around the house. Quick, simple pencil sketches catch them hanging around the house and are my favorite warm-up to creating larger pieces of artwork.

in the box pencil sketchWhile I could live three lifetimes and never be finished with the images I can create from my group, friends also give me photos that are too good to pass up.
Pencil can be challenging to reproduce, and I’m happy to include a series in addition to my pen and ink and my full-color fine art notecards series.

Below, a sample notecard, notepaper and memo pad. These are not in proportion to each other—please read the descriptions below for exact sizes.

Conversation With a Daisy

Who knows? Maybe Namir really was sharing secrets with the daisy.

Conversation With a Daisy notecard
Note Card 4.25″ x 5.5″
Conversation With a Daisy Writing Paper
Writing Paper 5.5″ x 8.5″
Conversation With a Daisy Memo Pad
Memo Pad3.5″ x 8.5″

Images of my cats

conversation with a daisy pencil sketch
Conversation with a Daisy
Who knows? Maybe Namir really was sharing secrets with the daisy.


in the  box pencil sketch
In the Box
As soon as I set the empty box on the table, Sophie hopped into it and made it her permanent observation post, even though she didn’t really fit into it.



Moses in the Sun
Shy Moses loved nothing more than a spot of sun on the floor.



Pawse
Moses pauses to sleep on the bed with her paws all disorganized.


Sleeping Beauty
My first successful sketch inspired by my beautiful Sally.



Stripes
Stanley shows off his “racing stripes”.


Images of others’ fine felines


Don’t Wake Me Up
Cats are professional nappers, and should not be disturbed when engaged in their daily work.


In the Bag
Cheap entertainment for you and your cat.


Ready for Play
Who can resist the big-eared kitten with the wild-eyed look?

All products are printed in soy-based ink on 25% cotton fiber stock with a 35% recycled content. In addition, the paper was manufactured in the USA using windpower using no bleach from trees in a managed woodlot. Cards are 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ with matching envelopes.

They are available in packs of 12 as described below. Packs or boxes of individual images or different combinations are available on request.

Writing Paper and Memo Pads

I also offer these images on 5.5″ x 8.5″ writing paper with second sheets matching envelopes and on 2.75″ x 8.5″ memo pads.

  1. twelve sheets of writing paper, twelve sheets of blank sheets, twelve envelopes in a clear, resealable plastic sleeve
  2. memo pads with 25 sheets

Ordering Information
NOTECARDS

Pack of 12 Note Cards, all “My Cats”
Pack contains two each of the six designs under “my cats”, above, $8.00 per package.

Pack of 12 Note Cards, all “Other Fine Felines”
Pack contains four each of the three designs under “other fine felines”, above, $8.00 per package.

Pack of 12 Note Cards, one design
Choose your design, $8.00 per package.

WRITING PAPER

Pack of 12 Writing Paper, one design from “My Cats”
Pack contains twelve each of one design under “my cats”, above, twelve blank second sheets and twelve matching envelopes, $11.50 per package.

Pack of 12 Writing Paper, assortment from “My Cats”
Pack contains two sheets of each design under “my cats”, above, twelve blank second sheets and twelve matching envelopes, $11.50 per package.

MEMO PADS

25-sheet memo pad, 2.75″ x 8.5″, any design
Each memo pad has a small version of one of the designs at the top or bottom of the sheet, $3.50 each.]

To see larger images and to order, please visit my Online Marketplace.


Note Cards, “My Cats in the Sun”

my cats in the sun note cards logo

Bright sunshine on anything will inspire me, especially when it’s illuminating one of my cats…and so I’d like to share that inspiration with other feline fans. These four designs are printed from my original artwork, each of them cats who’ve shared my life past and present.

 

after dinner nap note card image

 

After Dinner Nap

Stanley didn’t have many relaxed moments during the day, but one of them was always a spot of sun right after dinner and a nice bath. Rather than disturb him by trying to share in his contentment and fussing over him, I chose to render the warmth of the sun on his side and the depth of the early evening shadows all around.

a warm bath note card

A Warm Bath © B.E. Kazmarski

A Warm Bath

My white cat was endlessly inspiring to me, and I would need two lifetimes to recreate all the images of her that I have photographed and saw every day. With all that lustrous long white fur, Sally’s baths are quite a production, but each bath is like a graceful dance, especially when taken in the morning sun.

a rosy glow note card

A Rosy Glow © B.E. Kazmarski

A Rosy Glow

She found a warm spot to sleep in the sun on that old pink sweater of mine, and the look of contentment on her face was my first inspiration, especially since Miss Moses (we all thought she was a boy) had been a feral kitten and all her life hesitated to walk across the center of any room, finding security in keeping close to the furniture. But there she is in the middle of the room looking rather smug—I can almost hear her purr.

the little sunflower note card

The Little Sunflower © B.E. Kazmarski

The Little Sunflower

Real sunworshippers, all of my cats wait for the sun to enter the house in the morning and take their appointed spots. The brilliance of that first light and its reflections around the room, plus the contrast of all the exaggerated straight-line shapes with the organic shape of little Cookie and her shadow inspired this one.

Ordering Information
Cards include a border as shown, and are printed infull color on matte-finish ivory stock. They are blank inside, 4-1/2” x 6-1/4” and come with cream opaque square-flap envelopes.

They are available in packs of 12 with three cards in each of the four images or boxes of individual images. Different combinations are available on request. Visit my Marketplace to order and also visit my Etsy shop


“Kitties Being Kitties” Note Cards

kitties being kitties notecards logo

ink drawing of black and white cat

Pansy

Sometimes the simplicity of a single color line or tone on a beautiful paper stock tells the story more expressively than a full-color, scenic rendering.

The expressions, coat patterns and close-cropped scenes of cats just being the individuals they are inspired me to create these little cameos. Of all the cats I’ve lived with over the years, I’ve only briefly fostered a black and white cat, so even long ago these spotted faces were fun to discover!

ink drawing of black and white cat in grass

Big Game Hunter

I did these drawings years ago in response to a request to design some notecards that could be used for professional correspondence by animal professionals.

In those days, before color printing technology became easily affordable, line art printed in one color was the way to go for an inexpensive, versatile note card, and I had always admired cards that were printed on natural paper with a mild texture that resembled watercolor paper.

ink drawing of two black and white cats

I Like Your Spots

That project never finalized, but I had the line drawings just waiting for something, so I decided to print them for myself.

Three are pen and ink, one is done in pencil on a textured drawing paper called coquille board which has a surface textured with raised fine-speckled grain although the surface is pure white.

pencil drawing of two tabby cats

They Miss You When You’re Gone

These drawings are printed in black on natural recyclable cotton 80 lb. cover stock and are blank inside. Cards are 4-1/2″ x 6-1/4″ with matching envelopes, $12.00 for a box of one dozen.

They are available:

  • in packs of 12 with three cards in each of the four images
  • in packs of 12 cards in one design

Packs or boxes of different combinations are available on request. Visit my Marketplace to order.


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