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Santa's Beach Cards

Santa's Beach Cards

Spreading Holiday Cheer California Style

Santa's Beach CardsArtist David Allen is the creator of Santa’s Beach Cards, a studio and online store featuring a variety of postcards, note cards, photo cards, canvas prints, and more.  Santa’s Beach Cards is popular for their creative and unique selection of Christmas cards, gift tags, and postcards featuring Santa Claus on the beach, surfing, or relaxing on the shore.  David was inspired to start Santa’s Beach Cards after a client suggested he create Christmas cards.  Shortly after that, he received a multitude of requests from around the country inquiring where his cards could be purchased.  To accommodate customer requests and provide for easy shopping, David launched his website and online store,  santasbeachcards.com

Santa's Beach CardsSanta’s Beach Cards is most well-known for their Christmas cards with Santa on the beach or just “chilling out” in California.  Seen here is Santa on the Beach with Sandman, by photographer Tom Eldridge, as Santa is waving and sitting in a bamboo Santa's Beach Cardschair with a sandman rather than the traditional snowman.  We like this card because it is both different and unique yet lighthearted and humorous.  Another unconventional yet distinctive card is the Sunset Palms, featuring a photo by David Allen himself.  This card displays a beautiful sunset with colors of blood orange and marigold with palm trees displaying decorative Christmas lights.  He captures this moment to perfection, which is what makes this a great holiday card to share with others. 

Santa's Beach CardsWith all the gift giving this holiday season, liven things up with these fun and creative gift tags, ranging from Santa on the beach or surfing to a sandman or Christmas palm tree.  Measuring 2"x3 1/2" the gift tags feature a front glossy finish with a red ribbon tie at the top.   The Surfing Santa Gift Tag is sure to Santa's Beach Cardsbring a laugh to gift recipients as Santa is balancing himself on a surfboard in full uniform.  The Palm Tree Gift Tag is unique as it displays a palm tree on the beach decorated with beach ball ornaments rather than displaying a traditional pine tree with lights and festive ornaments.  David has always had a creative soul as he started winning art awards at only eight years old.  He attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln for one semester and the rest was self taught.  David is starting to do more air oil painting workshops and will also be creating more cards of his work. 

Santa's Beach CardsWe chose the Vintage Mermaid Note Card as an Editor’s Pick as this vintage reproduction of a beautiful ocean siren is captivating and playful.  The detail of the mermaid is feminine and fun while the palette of colors brings the picture to life.  Printed on bright white heavy stock paper, the classic white border is a nice touch.  This boxed set comes with 12 blank note cards and envelopes.  Santa’s Beach Cards has a variety of prints to choose from when it comes to their Santa's Beach Cardsboxed set of note cards, ranging from sunflowers and palm trees to starfishes and sailboats.  Get the best of both worlds with their 12 Variety Note Cards, featuring twelve of their most popular note cards in a single box.  By popular request, this fabulous set includes whimsical scenes with starfishes and shells, in addition to oil painting prints of sunflowers, sailboats, and seaside scenic shots.  This variety boxed is great for those who cannot choose on a single design or want a variety to keep things spontaneous. 

Santa's Beach CardsDavid feels that Santa’s Beach Cards is unique from other stationers because he offers designs which he believes are more creative and unique than what is available on the market.  The Linen Vintage Postcards caught our eye as you can choose from various vintage prints printed on superior linen paper.  We selected the Vintage Box of Oranges as our pick because it is like a postcard of the past, with the nostalgia of yesterday when California thrived in agriculture with their abundance in oranges.  We also adore the same Vintage Mermaid print from earlier on these postcards because the colorful and classic mermaid printed on the superior linen paper adds a touch of whimsical appeal.  Affordable and timeless, these postcards are great to keep on hand for those times you want to send a little note. 
 
Santa's Beach CardsThe Blue Boat Note Card is another fabulous find because it displays an actual photograph of this painting applied to ivory card stock, creating a very classy and clean feel with its glossy photo finish against the matte ivory border.  This painting is called "Still Waiting" by the artist Lore Hold, who painted this blue boat on Balboa Island by Newport Beach.  Each photograph of the painting is printed at the studio and carefully applied to ivory card stock.  David’s personal favorite design is Santa on the Beach with the Sandman and note cards featuring his paintings.  His ideas seem to flow from his mind.  David started out as the sole creator of Santa’s Beach Cards, but as he has grown, he started featuring the paintings of some of his friends who are nationally known artists.  He is looking forward to many new designs this year.  Customers are even welcome to submit their custom designs to be considered. 

Santa’s Beach Cards have expanded a great deal over the last thirteen years as they have two national chains carrying the line as well as many boutique stores nationwide.  David enjoys taking things slow to see where the market is heading and waiting to decide what to create.  David feels that Santa’s Beach Cards has been an exciting adventure.  He adds, “I have met so many creative people who have been so helpful, sharing ideas and encouragement that I feel blessed to have all of them in my life.”

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