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Making A Cat Christmas Card

Updated on March 11, 2017

This holiday season Christmas lovers and crafters will be making cat themed cards for family and friends. If you are on a tight budget and enjoy making things by hand, then giving people cards with images you drew yourself is definitely the way to go! Even if you can afford to give your loved one an elaborate Christmas gift, I can guarantee and the handmade card will only make it that much more special. My affinity for cats has transformed into a new tradition where I have drawn cats on my Christmas cards every single year since 2007, so I am wondering if I will continue this tradition next Christmas or not. My sister suggested that maybe next year I draw a picture of a tree or a snowy image from the San Bernardino Mountains, but I may just stick with my new ritual of drawing cat images for my Christmas card. I always scan the original sketch and keep that for my portfolio, and then I use photo editing software to make the colors look a bit more vibrant on my printed out cards. I suggest using heavy duty cardstock for making your cards as this material holds up with printing and fold the cards. You can purchase card stock at most major stores, crafting stores, or even online.

Scanned Picture of My Cat Drawing For The Christmas Card I Designed

Here is a scanned copy of the cat drawing I made for my Christmas card.  After I scan my drawings I like to use photo editing software to make the colors more vibrant.
Here is a scanned copy of the cat drawing I made for my Christmas card. After I scan my drawings I like to use photo editing software to make the colors more vibrant. | Source

For this drawing I recycled a sheet of paper by drawing on the blank side of a used sheet of printer paper, which would just be thrown out unless I used it for my art work.  This practice makes me feel good about creating new works of art because not only am I sharing my artistic inspiration with the world, but I am helping to keep a little bit of junk out of the land fills.  Watch how my cat drawing comes to life in the sequential photos below.

Here is the outline drawing for my cat Christmas card sketch, which I drew on a sheet of recycled paper.
Here is the outline drawing for my cat Christmas card sketch, which I drew on a sheet of recycled paper. | Source
I gently began adding the sky blue color to the background behind my Christmas cat, who has a candy cane planter next to him.  How Christmasy is that!
I gently began adding the sky blue color to the background behind my Christmas cat, who has a candy cane planter next to him. How Christmasy is that! | Source
Stripey kitten was the inspiration for my cat Christmas card drawing.  I simply decided to make the planter a candy cane one rather than plain for the card.
Stripey kitten was the inspiration for my cat Christmas card drawing. I simply decided to make the planter a candy cane one rather than plain for the card. | Source
I am continuing to color in the sky behind the Christmas cat.
I am continuing to color in the sky behind the Christmas cat. | Source
Now that the sky is colored in I have begun to add the golden color to the candy cane flower pot.
Now that the sky is colored in I have begun to add the golden color to the candy cane flower pot. | Source
Now the golden color of the candy cane pot is colored in, and I am beginning to add the shading for the grass behind the Christmas cat.
Now the golden color of the candy cane pot is colored in, and I am beginning to add the shading for the grass behind the Christmas cat. | Source

I enjoy using colored pencils to add hue to my drawings, and the light color of the pencils can always be enhanced when I later scan my pictures.  Usually I save the original copy of my drawing, and print out the scan version for my cards.  I have drawn directly on many cards, but that is only for special ones.

The background is now colored in for my cute little Christmas cat.
The background is now colored in for my cute little Christmas cat. | Source
Here is the picture of the cat who is now completely colored in except for his ears.
Here is the picture of the cat who is now completely colored in except for his ears. | Source
Now I have added the car and pinkish colors to the inside of the cats ears.  Meow, my Christmas cat drawing is ready to be scanned and turned into a card.
Now I have added the car and pinkish colors to the inside of the cats ears. Meow, my Christmas cat drawing is ready to be scanned and turned into a card. | Source

I use photo editing software to my make completed cat card image more vibrant and to write a Christmas message on the front of the card.  Also, I like to check my printer to make sure I have enough ink before printing out the cards.  I use a ruler and a knife to score my cards down the middle, and then I fold each one in half.  My cards are now ready to write personalized messages on the inside of each one.  Merry Christmas and happy card making to you!

Here is the completed cat card, which looks very vibrant indeed.
Here is the completed cat card, which looks very vibrant indeed. | Source

Below are a couple of different versions I made of my Christmas cat card.  One has a black cursive font, and the other has a red print font.  I think I prefer the red font as it seems a bit more Christmasy to me.

This is what the Christmas cards with the black cursive font looked like.
This is what the Christmas cards with the black cursive font looked like. | Source
This is what the cat Christmas card looks like with red font.
This is what the cat Christmas card looks like with red font. | Source

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I think you are right, the black cursive looks better on a card such as this.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image

      prettydarkhorse 

      2 years ago from US

      The black cursive that goes with it ok.

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