New Holiday Cards and Author Portraits on Etsy!

New Holiday Cards and Author Portraits on Etsy!

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Etsy Restock: Holiday Cards
    • Leo Tolstoy or Santa Claus
    • Bookstore Deck
    • Mr. Darcy Pride and Prejudice Inspired Card
  3. Author Portraits
    • Introduction to Author Portraits
    • John Steinbeck
    • Young Dickens and Young Tolstoy
    • J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Older Tolstoy
    • William Shakespeare
    • Jane Austen
    • Virginia Woolf
    • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • Sylvia Plath
    • Ernest Hemingway
    • Oscar Wilde
    • Older Dickens
    • Kurt Vonnegut
  4. Conclusion

Etsy Restock: Holiday Cards

The holiday season is upon us, and I couldn't be more excited to share with you my latest Etsy restock. I have created three unique and festive holiday cards that I think you will love. Each card is sold separately, so you can choose the ones that speak to you the most. Let's take a closer look at these delightful cards.

Leo Tolstoy or Santa Claus

The first card I want to introduce to you is a playful tribute to the beloved author Leo Tolstoy. In this card, I have taken a portrait of Tolstoy and added a Santa hat to create a whimsical resemblance between him and Santa Claus. The front of the card features the image of Tolstoy with the text "Leo Tolstoy or Santa Claus," and the inside reads "Either way, happy holidays!" On the back of the card, you will find a stack of books and the message "Happy reading from Carolyn Marie." I am thrilled with how this card turned out and hope you will find it just as amusing.

Bookstore Deck

The next holiday card I have for you is a charming depiction of a stack of books in the shape of a Christmas tree. I was inspired by the idea of turning books into a festive symbol, and I watercolored this beautiful image to bring it to life. On the top of the card, you'll find the pun "Have your shelf a Merry Little Christmas," which adds a touch of whimsy. The inside of the card is left blank for you to add your personalized message. The back of the card features the same book stack image and the message "Happy reading, Carolyn Marie." This card is perfect for book lovers and will surely bring a smile to anyone's face.

Mr. Darcy Pride and Prejudice Inspired Card

Last but not least, I have a holiday card that pays homage to the iconic character Mr. Darcy from Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." This card features a bust of Mr. Darcy with a little Santa hat on top, symbolizing his potential as a good Santa figure with his discerning views of people. The front of the card reads "Have you been good this year?" and when you open it, you will find the quote "Like Father Christmas, my good opinion once lost is lost forever - Mr. Darcy." The back of the card showcases the familiar stack of books and the message "Happy reading, Carolyn Marie." If you're a fan of Austen's work or appreciate a touch of literary humor, this card is for you.

These holiday cards are a new addition to my Etsy shop, and I am excited to share them with you. Each card comes with a matching envelope, and they are printed on high-quality matte paper for a beautiful finish. Please note that while I will do my best to ship these cards to you as quickly as possible, there may be a slight delay due to unforeseen circumstances like jury duty. I appreciate your understanding and patience in such cases.

I hope these holiday cards bring joy and warmth to your holiday season. Whether you choose the Tolstoy-Santa card, the Bookstore Deck card, or the Mr. Darcy card (or all three!), I'm confident that they will make delightful additions to your festive celebrations. Thank you for your continued support, and I wish you a happy and book-filled holiday season!

Author Portraits

When it comes to celebrating the world of literature, it is not only the stories that captivate us but also the authors behind them. With that in mind, I am thrilled to present to you my collection of author portraits. Each portrait is a tribute to a literary legend, capturing their essence and personality through meticulous illustration. Let's dive into the world of these celebrated authors.

Introduction to Author Portraits

Before we explore each author portrait individually, let's take a moment to appreciate the concept behind these unique artworks. As a book lover and an artist, I find immense joy in bringing authors to life visually. These portraits not only pay homage to their literary contributions but also offer a glimpse into their lives and creative process.

Each author portrait is designed to evoke a sense of connection and admiration for the author's work. Whether you are a long-time fan or have just discovered their writings, I hope these portraits spark your curiosity and inspire you to explore their literary worlds.

John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck, the acclaimed American author, has left an indelible mark on the world of literature. In this portrait, I have chosen to portray Steinbeck on the page of his renowned novel "East of Eden." The image captures his essence and the depth of his storytelling. As you gaze upon this portrait, you may find yourself drawn into the rich tapestry of Steinbeck's words.

Young Dickens and Young Tolstoy

In this portrait series, I have depicted two literary giants of the past - Charles Dickens and Leo Tolstoy - in their youthful forms. These portraits pay homage to their early works and the impact they had on the literary world. Dickens is shown on the page of "A Tale of Two Cities," while Tolstoy is represented on the page of his debut novel, "Childhood." These portraits serve as a reminder of the brilliance that began their literary careers.

J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien, the mastermind behind the beloved fantasy realm of Middle-earth, is celebrated in this portrait. The image showcases Tolkien on the page of "The Hobbit," one of his most cherished works. With his intricate world-building and captivating storytelling, Tolkien has enchanted readers for generations. This portrait seeks to capture the magic and wonder of his literary contributions.

Older Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy, the Russian literary titan, is brought to life in this portrait. Inspired by the text of "Anna Karenina," the portrait embodies Tolstoy's complexity and the timeless themes he explored in his writing. The image invites you to delve into the world of Russian literature and lose yourself in Tolstoy's profound narratives.

William Shakespeare

No collection of author portraits would be complete without the inclusion of William Shakespeare. The Bard's enduring influence and remarkable body of work make him an icon of literary history. In this portrait, I have chosen to represent Shakespeare on the page of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," one of his most beloved comedies. The portrait encapsulates the magic and wit that have made Shakespeare's plays timeless classics.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen, the beloved author of romance and social commentary, is honored in this portrait. Austen's powerful storytelling and sharp wit have made her an icon of literature. This portrait features Austen on the page of her most cherished novel, "Pride and Prejudice." With its intricate social dynamics and memorable characters, Austen's work continues to captivate readers across the globe.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, the pioneering feminist writer known for her experimental style, is depicted in this portrait. Woolf's insightful exploration of the female experience and her groundbreaking narrative techniques have cemented her place in literary history. This portrait showcases Woolf on the pages of "Mrs. Dalloway" and "A Room of One's Own," two of her most influential works.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky, one of the greatest Russian novelists, is celebrated in this portrait. Dostoevsky's profound psychological insights and moral dilemmas have made him a towering figure in literature. This portrait features a combination of his hand-drawn and handwritten manuscripts from "Crime and Punishment." The portrait provides a glimpse into Dostoevsky's creative process and his ability to delve into the darkest corners of the human psyche.

Sylvia Plath

Sylvia Plath, the iconic poet and novelist, is honored in this portrait. Plath's deeply introspective and emotionally charged writing has made her a literary legend. This portrait showcases Plath on the typewritten page of "The Bell Jar," one of her most celebrated works. The inclusion of her handwritten poem, "Fog Sheep," adds a personal touch to the portrait, reflecting the raw emotion and vulnerability found in Plath's writings.

Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway, the renowned American writer and Nobel laureate, is represented in this portrait. Hemingway's concise prose and adventurous spirit have made him a literary icon. The portrait showcases Hemingway on the typewritten page of "A Moveable Feast," a memoir of his time in Paris. The inclusion of a passage from "A Farewell to Arms," one of his most acclaimed novels, adds depth to the portrait.

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde, the witty and flamboyant Irish playwright and writer, is honored in this portrait. Known for his razor-sharp wit and profound observations, Wilde's works continue to captivate readers. This portrait features Wilde on the handwritten manuscript of "The Picture of Dorian Gray," one of his most famous novels. The title page of the novel adds an aesthetic touch to the portrait, reflecting Wilde's penchant for artistry.

Older Dickens

Charles Dickens, one of the most celebrated authors of the Victorian era, is depicted in his later years in this portrait. Dickens' works reflect the social issues and injustices of his time, leaving a lasting impact on literature. This portrait showcases Dickens on the handwritten manuscript of "Oliver Twist" and "Great Expectations," two of his most iconic novels. The inclusion of his handwriting adds a personal touch and offers a glimpse into Dickens' creative process.

Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, the renowned American novelist, is celebrated in this portrait. Vonnegut's blend of satire and science fiction has made him a distinctive voice in literature. This portrait features Vonnegut on the text and illustrations from "Slaughterhouse-Five," one of his most famous works. The inclusion of a typewritten page from the novel adds a visual element to the portrait, inviting readers to explore Vonnegut's unique narrative style.


In this Etsy restock, I have unveiled a collection of delightful holiday cards and author portraits. From the playful Tolstoy-Santa card to the enchanting Bookstore Deck and the witty Mr. Darcy card, the holiday cards are sure to add a touch of literary charm to your festive celebrations.

The author portraits, on the other hand, pay tribute to the genius behind the words. Each portrait captures the essence and impact of the featured author, inviting readers to delve into their literary worlds. Whether you are a fan of Steinbeck, Tolkien, Austen, or any of the other celebrated authors, these portraits serve as a visual reminder of their brilliance.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my love for literature and art with you through my Etsy shop. I hope these cards and portraits bring joy and inspiration to your life, and I look forward to creating more literary treasures in the future. Happy reading!

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