Illustration and Letterpress Card Design

Lincoln, Nebraska

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On Etsy since 2019


Hi! Thanks for visiting. While much of my background is in Medieval illuminations and Russian iconography, I'm hoping my Etsy store provides you with quality cards and illustrations for a variety of occasions for you to use and send to your loved ones.


When my husband slid a pretty ring onto my finger, and I a ring onto his, the happiness of the occasion was amplified by the presence of our family and friends. They came from all over the country and represented all walks of our meandering lives! I can pinpoint this overwhelming and epic convergence of paths as the most profound and joy-filled moment of my life.

A handwritten greeting card sent to a loved one, or an art print adorning the home, captures something of the festivity of that moment. A thank you, a “congrats,” a pretty picture- whatever it may be on paper- carries within it that kernel of love and regard.

This is why I think a drawing for a greeting card or a decoration for your home should be festive, classy, and qualitative.

I love to draw, so I decided to try my hand at creating some unique greeting cards and digital downloads. I hope you like them!


I first sketch my designs in pencil on paper. Then I outline them with a drawing nib dipped in black Sumi ink (the more technical appellation of “drawing nibs” is actually “pokies,” according to my three-year-old daughter). Finally, I fill in the spaces of the drawing with more Sumi ink on a tiny paint brush.

When I’m satisfied with the final illustration, I scan the image and export it into various digital formats. For a letter-press card, I email the image file to our local letter-press shop to have it made into a plate for their letterpress.


My illustrations are inspired by the trio of 1. my passion for art, 2. my experience of motherhood and married life, and 3. the culture within my faith.

I love the stylized depictions of the Medieval, Early Renaissance, and Art Nouveau eras because it seems to express the other-worldliness beyond our everyday surroundings.

Studying the art of these eras has helped me to look at the ordinary things around me in a more extraordinary way. An ordinary piece of straw becomes an angular and intricate repeating pattern in my Manger Scene Christmas Card, highlighting the in-the-flesh aspect of Christ’s birth. In my modern spin on 10th Century Ottonian capital letters, an ordinary plant becomes a long, twirling vine which winds its way into the letter A, the letter B, etc.

I hope my illustrations wind their ways into a small corner of your lives. I hope it captures the magnanimous joy hidden within a simple greeting, or adds a breath of elegance to your homes.


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Last updated on Jan 29, 2019
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