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Other Cards I’ve Done

November 17th, 2009

I recently shared many of the family Christmas cards I had created over the years. While I was digging out those old gems I found a couple other cards I had created and thought I’d share them with you as well. Thank you for indulging me in this trip down memory lane.

The first one is an invitation to a Halloween party my wife and I threw the year we were pregnant with our first child – hence the pumpkin suit on the card. We actually dressed up quite differently for the party. Laura was a lovely witch and I was a freakishly ugly Frankenstein’s Monster (and then I put on my costume, ba dum pum…). There were some great costumes that night, my personal favorite being four of our friends showing up as the “Heard it thru the Grapevine Singing Raisons”.

Halloween 1987

Halloween Party Invitation – Serigraphy, edition of 30 – October 1987

©1987, Don Michael, Jr.

The second card was created 4 years earlier when I was preparing to celebrate my 23rd birthday. I based the theme of the party on the movie “Happy Birthday to Me”, a pretty good slasher/psychological thriller from 1981, starring Melissa Sue Anderson of “Little House on the Prairie” fame. As you can see, most of the party materials were provided, so it ended up being well attended. It’s like that line from the song “Too Much Time on My Hands” by Styx:

“…I have dozens of friends and the fun never ends, That is, as long as I’m buying…”.

Birthday 1984

Happy Birthday to Me – Serigraphy, edition of 105 – November 1984

©1984, Don Michael, Jr.

In both instances there was fun had by all… and I’m sure there were a few boo-boo-heads the next day (except for Laura on Halloween 1987 – there’s no drinking when you’re pregnant!). As the years have gone by and the family has grown, about the only parties sponsored by the Michael clan anymore are pool parties, bowling parties, and sleep-overs where the strongest spirit imbibed in is root beer… It sure does make it a lot easier to get up the next day, though…

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8 Comments for 'Other Cards I’ve Done'

  1. Kathy Said:

    Hi Don, You must have been born with a paint brush in your hand! These are wonderful invitations and I’ll bet the parties were great. Your sense of humor really shines through 🙂

  2. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Thanks, Kathy. They were fun parties, but I think I actually had as much fun, if not more, creating the artwork for the cards… and I’ve always said, “If you can’t have fun, why do it?”.

  3. Robin Samiljan Said:

    I seriously suggest you find a way to market your talents as a card designer… make the card samples, go to card shops and see if they want to sell your work. There is unlimited potential in these small works of art, I just know it!

  4. Kathleen Krucoff Said:

    I agree with Robin on this point Don. You truly could market these cards and more designs. They are wonderful and have great humor. Worth exploring the possibilities? I have to say YES! 🙂

  5. deborah Said:

    Very creative Don! I’m with Robin and Kathleen – market ’em!

  6. Kathy Said:

    I agree with everyone! These would sell. Or you could just do custom invitations for clients. They are a work of art.

  7. Don Michael, Jr. Said:

    Ladies, thank you SO MUCH for your encouraging words. I’ll have to look into this marketing idea Robin has. Do any of you have any suggestions of where I can pursue this? It’s not something I’d ever really given much thought to. -Don

  8. hallie Said:

    The cards are terrific. Love the sense of humor.

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