How To Make A Cat Christmas Card

Do you ever get bored with giving out mass produced Christmas cards that do not express your personality? If you are a cat lover, then you might consider making Christmas cards with your own photographs and drawings of cats, which would definitely be more meaningful than generic Christmas cards purchased at the store. For this cat Christmas card I drew and painted a picture inspired by Bobby, my manx kitty that I often feature in my art work. However, you can always use a photograph of your cat if you do not want to draw.

This Christmas card is a depiction of what Bobby cat would have looked like as a kitten with a Santa hat on. For some reason I have always loved the idea of dressing dogs and cats up in Santa hats, so I thought this would be a fun Christmas card image that shows a bit of my own personality. First I sketched out the picture of Bobby next to two ornaments and wearing her santa hat. Next I used tempera paint to add color to my card. Since I enjoyed this image I decided to let it dry, and scanned it for future use. To make Christmas cards for people I simply used a photo editing program and placed the image onto a card template. Watch how I created this fun Christmas kitty card. When you make a cool card like this one there is now need to spend your extra cash on holiday discount card. You will be able to spend it your extra cash on more gifts!

Here is the tempra painting I created for my Christmas card image. (Photo and illustration by Sweetiepie on Hubpages).
Here is the tempra painting I created for my Christmas card image. (Photo and illustration by Sweetiepie on Hubpages).

Step One: Sketch Out The Cat

Here I have sketched out the cat. (Photo and drawing by Sweetiepie on Hubpages).
Here I have sketched out the cat. (Photo and drawing by Sweetiepie on Hubpages).

First I made a really quick sketch of my cat Bobby. I added two Christmas tree balls, and added the words Merry Christmas!  Now I am going to fill my illustration in with color.  Usually I enjoy painting with oil, but on cardstock I decided tempra paint might work better.  I was really excited to use tempra paint again as this is the first time I have really used it since high school.

Step Two: Use The Red Paints

Here I have painted in the red Christmas balls and letters.
Here I have painted in the red Christmas balls and letters.

Here I used the red tempra paint to fill in the Christmas balls.  The white paint was great for highlighting the Christmas balls.

Step Three: Add Blue To the Background

There is no actual sky in this picture, but I have always enjoyed painting on blue for the faux sky!
There is no actual sky in this picture, but I have always enjoyed painting on blue for the faux sky!

In many pictures I draw and paint I enjoy creating an imaginary sky, and blue just a soothing color to add to a painting.  Also, it allows us to focus on the focal part of the picture, which is the cat.

Step Four: Add The Gold Detailing

Add the gold detailing the top of the Christmas ball.
Add the gold detailing the top of the Christmas ball.

Since I did not have gold paint I decided to use a colored pencil to fill in the top of the Christmas ball ornament.  Mixed media is a great way to use a variety of colors in paintings and drawings, which helps to cut down on the price of supplies.

Step Four: Add The Black Fur

Here I have filled in Bobby cat's black fur.
Here I have filled in Bobby cat's black fur.

In this step I filled in Bobby's black fur with a permanent marker. I had black paint on hand, but I decided to use the permanent marker so the painting could dry faster. Also, a marker is bit easier for the small details than using paint. Overall I am very happy with this card since I only spent about an hour on it. Tempra paint tends to make the card stock puff up a bit, so I used a couple of objects to flatten the card back out. Once the card I dried overnight I scanned the image, and used it for the Christmas cards I printed out. I plan use this original image either for a card, or I shall frame it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with your card making adventures. Always feel free to come back to Hubpages to keep up with mine.

Here is a fun gift idea: consider making cat Christmas ornaments to match your cat Christmas cards.  Your friends will be impressed that you spent the extra time to make them such stylish and thoughtful gifts!

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C.S.Alexis 6 years ago from NW Indiana

This is really cute. ,thumbs up...


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

You are great and thank you for sharing these tips.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Really cute!!! You're an artist with the cats!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Absolutely adorable...and homemade? Magic!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

C.S. Alexis,

Thanks! You know I love cats :).

Hello, hello,

I appreciate your nice comments!

Paradise,

Yes I really do like Bobby cat. I think I am a bit attached to her :).

lorlie,

I love handmade cards, these are just so much better than ones printed in China. I almost bought Christmas cards, but I told myself I could not do it. It takes longer to draw and paint a picture, and then print out images to make multiple cards, but the effort is so worth it!


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gramsmith 6 years ago

Hi SweetiePie,

I always appreciate your work on hub and this one is also amazing.Thanks for this nice hub.......


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks for the nice comment gramsith. I enjoy drawing and card making, so over the years these two activities simply converged.


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Nancy's Niche 6 years ago from USA

You always come up with delightful cards for every occasion. Thanks for sharing you talent with us..Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Nancy,

Thanks for the nice words about my cards. Yes I try to make nice cards for each occasion.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Hey, great art here! I am impressed! Hub Pages never ceases to impress me!


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Thanks Cheeky Girl, and Happy Holidays!


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prettydarkhorse 15 months ago from US

Do you still have Bobby the cat? Very nice sweetie pie.


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SweetiePie 15 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

The Bobby cat painting on the card is based on my mom's cat, and she is still living.

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