Pet Sympathy Greeting Card from Great Arrow Cards
This 4.25" x 5.5" greeting card is silk-screen printed by hand. It comes with a coordinating envelope.
Forever in our hearts
Thinking of you.
This card features an image by Salli S. Swindell of Hudson, Ohio. Printed by Great Arrow Graphics in Buffalo, New York.
I began freelancing in 1993 after working for 10 years at American Greetings. Since then I’ve illustrated thousands of greeting cards and patterns, filled lots of sketchbooks and explored many creative adventures. Eight of my greeting cards have been nominated for a Louie Award and four have won. My brother Nate Padavick and I are the founders of "TheyDraw", the Internet's largest collection of food, travel and garden illustrations from artists all around the world. We are so proud of the community we’ve created and the artists we have helped along the way. I continue to be inspired every single day by the artists that contribute to our sites. We recently launched "The Illustrator’s Circle" as another way to engage and support the illustration community. We are also the founders of "Illustrators For Hire", a site designed to promote and advance the careers of freelance illustrators by exposing their work to art directors and creative consultants worldwide.
One little fig was all it took for me to realize how much I love illustrating food. I also like adding my wonky hand-lettering to my illustrations and experimenting with different letter forms. Most of my commissioned work is created in Illustrator but my style is broadening since learning to illustrate on my iPad. Throughout the day I move back and forth from the kitchen counter to my studio which is only ten steps away.
I have two grown boys pursuing their own creative endeavors. My husband David spends every morning drinking coffee with me at the kitchen counter surrounded by piles of sketchbooks and an abundant (excessive!) array of colored pencils, and a cat or two. I’m a vegan. I cut lots of veggies every day. I love coffee, even if sometimes it has to be decaf. I can never pick a favorite color. I talk to my cats. I start my day sketching and I end my day sketching. I’m grateful for all of it.
Find more of Salli's work here.
Experience Great Arrow silkscreened cards – the bold hues and velvety feel of ink printed by hand, layered one color at a time. In 1984, Alan Friedman and Donna Massimo began making silkscreened cards for holidays and every day in a small studio in Buffalo, New York. 35 years and 7000 cards later, the tradition continues with the help of a crew of talented local artists working with wonderful designers from around the world.
In a shop, a Great Arrow card is unmistakable… an oasis of brilliant, luscious color. The greetings are simple (sometimes punny) to inspire the sender to say what they feel. We purchase FSC certified papers, use recycled materials wherever possible and print with U.S. made inks. In the end, it's love that makes our cards something worth sending and keeping. A Great Arrow hand silkscreened card is a hug that fits in an envelope.
Find more work from Great Arrow Graphics here.