Greetings cards

Magpie & Jay is developing a range of designs inspired by British plants and birds, the Arts and Crafts movement, textiles and geometry, especially the tessellations discovered by the 2020 Nobel prizewinner Roger Penrose.

Magpie and jay cards

Cards based on four tessellating watercolours of the Eurasian Jay (garrulus glandarius) and the Eurasian Magpie (pica pica), with adjusted colours. Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, these are our flagship designs.

Set of square cards with envelopes, 148 x 148 mm, blank inside, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back, packed where possible without plastic. Set of 5 designs for £9, with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating code MJ-set. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

Just jay cards

Cards based on two tessellating watercolours of the Eurasian Jay (garrulus glandarius).

Set of square cards with envelopes, 148 x 148 mm, blank inside, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back, packed where possible without plastic. Set of 6 for £10.50, with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating code JJ-set. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

penrose tiles cards

Geometric greetings cards based on ‘kite’ and ‘dart’ tessellations discovered by 2020 Nobel prizewinner Sir Roger Penrose and inspired by Jacobean art and British wildllife.

Square cards with envelopes, 148 x 148 mm, blank inside, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back, packed where possible without plastic. Any 5 cards for £9, any 7 for £12, or all 9 for £16. with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating code PT-sets, the quantity (5, 6 or 9) and the letters (A to I) of the cards required. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

Art and poetry cards

We offer here a selection of larger cards (A5). The poem Just is an answer to Rudyard Kipling’s If, with more focus on positives, and on achieving your personal best without being Superman or woman.

A, C and E, Just; B, Enchanted Hill (see Gallery); D, Mona Lisa of Stroud (see Gallery); F, Christ Enthroned with Elders (Revelation 4); G, Is it Art? Diagnosic Card (a light-hearted flowchart to answer this question).

A5 cards with envelopes, blank inside, printed on sustainable card. Any 2 cards for £5; any 3 for £7; any 4 or more for £2 each; all with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating code AP-sets, and the letters (A to G) of the cards you would like. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

FaBRIC of the church cards

These five cards are based on original fabric and paper collages made for sale at Prinknash Abbey monastery shop and are inspired by the poem The Church-Floore by the allegorical poet George Herbert.

Set of 5 cards, A6, with envelopes, blank inside, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back, packed where possible without plastic. Set is £8 with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating code FC-set. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

Cloths of Heaven cross cards

These cards are based on original collages made for sale at Prinknash Abbey monastery shop, using imagery, materials and textures inpired by the W B Yeats poem The Cloths of Heaven.

All cards are A6, with envelopes, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back. Sets A, B and C are £5. Set D (set of 4) is £6.50. P&P is FREE. Please fill in contact form stating code CH-set and the letter A to D of the set you require. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

Dream of the Rood cards

These designs are inspired by the Anglo-Saxon poem The Dream of the Rood from the Vercelli Manuscript. A combination of traditional wood engraving and digital colour have been used.

Square cards with envelopes, 148 x 148 mm, blank inside, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back, packed where possible without plastic. Pair of 2 designs for £5, with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating code DR-pair. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.

Occasion cards

Magpies at Home! (left) is one of the designs used in our flagship Magpie & Jay patterns. The magpies in their nest send a ‘Happy New Home!’ message. Consider the Birds (right) features a cross combining the magpie and jay watercolours with popular a quote from the Gospels.

Square cards with envelopes, 148 x 148 mm, blank inside, printed on sustainable card, featuring ideas about re-use on the back, packed where possible without plastic. Two cards for £5, with FREE P&P. Please fill in contact form stating the relevant code: for one of each design use code 1M1C; for two Magpies at Home! use 1M1M; for two crosses use 1C1C. Payment is by bank transfer or PayPal; see Contact page.