My Scout Card for ‘Crossing Over’ from Cub to Scout

I have added to my line of Boy Scout congratulations cards – the two I have drawn for Eagle Scouts are quite popular sellers on my Etsy page – by drawing a whimsical illustration for young cub scouts who are making their ‘Crossing Over Ceremony’ from Cub Scouts into full Boy Scouts. I’ll add, the card is inspired by my two grandsons, who made their Crossing Over into Scouts. I’m very proud of them and their friends, who have completed their work as a Cub and want to further their knowledge and experience in BSA.

In my whimsical drawing style, I drew a friendly adult Eagle, in scout troop leader uniform, waving 3 happy little eagles across a footbridge in the great outdoors. This mirrors the Crossing Over Ceremony that young scouts go through when they ‘cross over the bridge’ from Cubs to Boy Scouts.

I first pencilled in a sketch of the scene –

I tightened up the drawing, scanned it & colored a printout roughly to work out the colors –

– and then transferred the drawing to illustration board, outlined in ink and painted it in with acrylic washes.

To see the finished card, inside message, and all other info and for purchasing, please see my Etsy shop HERE.

A fan of my cards who is a troop leader reviewed them this way: “These cards are exceptionally unique and well drawn. The messages are well thought out and brief, a good thing. I always add a personal message to the card as well, and there is room to do that. These are beautiful cards and an inspiration to the scouts receiving them.”

New Scout Card for ‘Crossing Over’ from Cub to Scout

I have added to my line of Boy Scout congratulations cards – the two I have drawn for Eagle Scouts are quite popular sellers on my Etsy page – by drawing a whimsical illustration for young boys who are making their ‘Crossing Over Ceremony’ from Cub Scouts into full Boy Scouts. I’ll add, the card is inspired by my oldest grandson, who has just completed his Crossing Over in Scouts. I’m very proud of him and his friends, who have completed their work as a Cub and want to further their knowledge and experience in BSA.

In my whimsical drawing style, I drew a friendly adult Eagle, in scout troop leader uniform, waving 3 happy little eagles across a footbridge in the great outdoors. This mirrors the Crossing Over Ceremony that young scouts go through when they ‘cross over the bridge’ from Cubs to Boy Scouts.

I first pencilled in a sketch of the scene –

I tightened up the drawing , scanned it & colored a printout roughly to work out the colors –

– and then transferred the drawing to illustration board, outlined in ink and painted it in with acrylic washes.

To see the finished card, inside message, and all other info and for purchasing, please see my Etsy shop HERE.

A fan of my cards who is a troop leader reviewed them this way: “These cards are exceptionally unique and well drawn. The messages are well thought out and brief, a good thing. I always add a personal message to the card as well, and there is room to do that. These are beautiful cards and an inspiration to the scouts receiving them.”

My St. Patrick’s Day Cards

I’ve posted three of my St. Patrick’s Day cards in my Zazzle store Achillesportfolio – two of them humorous, which I’ll post below, and one a scene inspired by my mom.

My mother was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, and lived there till she came to the US at the age of eight.  Her few memories of childhood on their farm included playing ‘teacher’ – she would line up little stones on a fence and pretend they were pupils, and with a little stick she would call on them to recite lessons, or reprimand them if they were misbehaving.  I drew this into my little scene of bucolic Ireland, and along with the traditional Irish prayer that I quote inside, I hope it expresses the charm of Ireland and benevolence of Ireland’s patron saint.

St. Patrick's Day Wish: Irish Cottage Greeting Card
St. Patrick’s Day Wish: Irish Cottage Greeting Card by AchillesPortfolio
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Here are the humorous cards (not sure why the second one shows just the inside of the card – I’ll try & correct that):

 

A word about shipping charges from Zazzle. The postage & handing fee you will see if you order, which I feel is rather high, can be done away with by accepting a free 30-day trial of their Zazzle Black program.  You’ll see the offer for it when you go to checkout – you will have no shipping charges if you click on the trial offer.  It will be good for 30 days on Zazzle products (all products are eligible for Zazzle Black unless designated otherwise and they are marked clearly at checkout). After the 30 day free program, if you think you’ll buy any more Zazzle products, you can subscribe to Zazzle Black for $9.95 annually, but you do not have to. Subscribing will give you free standard shipping on all Zazzle purchases to any location in the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii. You can opt out at any time during the free trial by visiting the Zazzle Black program management page once you make a free Zazzle account.

My Eagle Scout Congratulations Cards

My son, who made Eagle in his senior year of high school, had so many fun adventures with his friends while learning the wonderful skills that BSA teaches. He often gets together with his scouting buddies, several of whom also achieved Eagle, when he comes home for a weekend – their memories and friendships will last a lifetime. I painted these two congratulations cards because I continue to be impressed with the values and hard work of these fine young men.

eagleflagwp16Both of my Eagle Scout Congratulations cards are printed in full color on sturdy glossy card stock, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, with an envelope included. The cards stand out because they are a little larger than standard greeting cards, but they still only need regular first-class postage. The cardstock is made from partially recycled paper and the cards are printed here in my hometown of Doylestown, PA.

eaglecardwp16To view the cards larger, click here to go to my website page. You can also find ordering info and pricing there, and easy online purchasing by Paypal or credit card for single cards or a box of eight.

I’ve had many repeat customers, with one father of an Eagle Scout writing that “these are beautiful cards and an inspiration to the scouts receiving them.”

I would be grateful, if you enjoy my artwork, if you would ‘like’ my professional facebook page, which is here. Also, my website shows the other greeting cards, children’s books and cartoons I’ve illustrated for all occasions.  If you’d like to get an inside look at my newest sketches and illustrations, go to my blog, Pencilled In, and click on the +Follow box on the lower right corner of the screen, to receive an email alert whenever I’ve posted new drawings. You can also connect with me on LinkedIn here.