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Handmade Owl Cards

Niki Owl first appeared as the featured character on handmade greeting cards in 1995. Karin was inspired by her childhood cartoon idols Garfield and Snoopy, and wondered how cool it would be to have her own cartoon character. That’s essentially how Niki Owl “happened”.

Karin was graced by an inspired community who began to commission cards from her for birthdays, well wishes, weddings and other celebrations. She quickly amassed a large archive of illustrations to pool from, and this archive became the original launching pad for the first Niki Owl website.

In the spirit of the original handmade owl cards, Karin continues to make them for those who want a very special card made to celebrate, thank or inspire someone they care about.

How we make Niki Owl Cards:

Step 1 – The Concept

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You place an order online or in person for a Niki Owl greeting cardWe come up with an idea for someone, or receive an order asking us to make one for their friend, family, colleague, or team member. When creating a new personalised handmade card, we think of who it’s for – their favorite things, their hobbies, their profession. We then move on to…

Step 2 – The Design

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We come up with some initial drawings to illustrate the card before we put ink to paper. We draw out several sketches of how the intended final design should be. If you ordered a card to be created from scratch, we love to surprise you with the final design as well. Once we’ve determined our new little masterpiece, we move on to…

Step 3 – The Creation

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Karin starts to draw the card with a fine pencil, then add the ink, and erase any pencil lines. Once that’s dry, she moves onto the coloring process, typically using coloring pencils because that’s how she makes Niki’s cute feather effect. When she’s happy with all the coloring process, Karin applies a fine layer of protective spray so that the pencil and pen won’t smudge.

Before it gets sent to you, we scan every card after it’s made so we can keep a record of it in our digital archive.

Proof of OwlthenticityTM

Each handmade Niki Owl card comes with its own Proof of OwlthenticityTM, meaning that your card is signed by Karin Pinter and has a special handmade logo on the back. We don’t pre-print any of our card stock, everything is hand written or hand drawn! This way you know it truly IS an original Niki Owl handmade card! Your owl gift goes into a nice white envelope for you to send off to whomever it’s going to. All you need to add is your loving message and a stamp!

What Niki Owl cards are made of:

All owl cards are handmade with love on acid-free paper. We like to use recycled paper when and where possible, so we’re always looking for the best card stock to suit both our illustrations and our commitment to a healthier environment.

How to Treat your Niki Owl Card:

With appreciation and kindness, please. Some people frame their handmade Niki Owl cards, which is very humbling for us. We truly appreciate our cards being treated as pieces of art, because they are!

If you have any questions about our Niki Owl cards, please email us and we’ll answer as swiftly as possible.