Card Arte

Luxurious Greeting Cards, Original Illustrations & Pet Portraits by Carrie-Ann

I use the finest of materials to create beautiful cards for the special people in your life and draw original artwork.

Get in touch and ask about beautifully presented Portraits of your lovely little animal friends.


Passionate about drawing, illustrating & crafting pieces that make people smile

My name is Carrie-Ann, I'm an artist / illustrator and I run "Card Arte" from Durham in the UK. I particularly love drawing bright, cheerful pieces that make people happy.

I've been interested in Art since I was a chilld. I remember sitting on the floor with huge sheets of paper at my grandparents and drawing at home. I went on to study Art at school and College. During years working in a regular job I was really missing being creative. I later made greetings cards using embellishments and my little business began from there. It has changed and developed since then. I now draw my own illustrations for any cards I make and generally do more drawing.

Original Illustrations & Prints

These are illustrations straight from my imagination. I have an idea, sit with a pencil and artists pen and see where those pencil lines take me. From fantasy creatures to insects to swirling landscapes, they are usually black & white but I like to play with colour too, so there is often a black & white and colour version available. Nature features a lot in my work. I enjoy going for walks and seeing beautiful trees and wildlife - especially birds.
Illustrations & Prints are available from the Card Arte Shop.

Cartoon People Illustrations

Cartoon People Illustrations are fun to draw. I use pictures & descriptions of the subjects to create a cartoon image of them. People tend to buy them as gifts for loved ones or just as a nice decoration in their home. Someone said they were reminiscent of the illustrations in children's books. It's nice to think that they remind people of that enjoyment you get from discovering books for the first time as a child. They turn out particularly well if the people are quirky or have unusual dress sense / style.

Greeting Cards for the special people in your life

Cards are designed from my own drawings which are then scanned, printed and mounted onto quality card and the card is then embellished if necessary. To make your greeting card extra-special why not have it personalised! Wording / Captions / Age / Name can be added to many of the cards. They come with a printed greeting on quality insert paper or can be left blank for your own greeting or if you prefer, verses can be adapted for an added touch. There are 3 lovely verses written especially for our cards by "A Piece of Me". Your card can be sent direct to the recipient if you like. Just include the name and address of the recipient in the 'special instructions' when ordering. All cards can be bought on-line in the shop.

Commission me to draw your special little animal friends

I have found a new love of drawing pet portraits from your photos using high quality materials. I have a special interest in guinea pig drawings, but completed my first dog portrait in 2015 and I'm willing to attempt any other pets too. Send me a good quality photograph via e-mail and we can discuss from there. Prices begin from £35. Mounting and framing options are also available. Visit for more information.


I only use the best quality artists materials. Polychromos Pencils on Fabriano Artistico Paper are my favourites for realistic-looking animal work and Promarkers on Bristol Board are my chosen materials for illustration work.

Care instructions

Print quality is very good and Drawings use high quality artist grade pencils & paper, but it is recommended that you keep all items out of direct sunlight for more protection.

Gift Wrapping

Please message me to enquire about Gift Wrapping options.

Wholesale availability

I would be delighted to discuss wholesale. Please send me a message!

If you'd like to know more about my work, feel free to send me a message and remember just to contact me if you need any help with your order.


Please read all Terms & Conditions before ordering. Thank You!

  • All designs are copyright © Card Arte 2013-2017
  • Colours may be slightly different on individual monitors.
  • Colours & Designs may differ slightly due to the handmade nature of the work, however the overall design of the work will be the same. We will contact you if the design will be different to the one shown.
  • Orders are accepted on the understanding that the buyer has read and agreed to: All the Terms & Conditions & The Delivery & Returns Information and that the customer has checked his/her options & details before payment.
  • Orders cannot be cancelled once payment is received.
  • Prices & availability are subject to change without notice.
  • Product Specifications are for guidance only.