Illustrator PJ McQuade (aka Castle McQuade) has assembled a collection of Valentine’s Day cards perfect for the pop culture aficionado in your life. In the creative sentiments, McQuade pairs portraits of characters from our favorite movies and television shows and has each of them express their affections in their own way. (There's even a card featuring the internet's “breathtaking” boyfriend, Keanu Reeves.) The results are unique, expertly illustrated cards with amusing messages that are sure to make your valentine smile.
“I started doing Valentine's Day cards about eight years ago for family and friends and it has just grown and grown,” McQuade tells My Modern Met. Every year he adds a few new cards to his collection and now there are an impressive 21 designs to choose from. In crafting the new cards, each presents its own opportunity to flex his creative muscles. “I like riffing on geektastic pop culture characters and references,” he explains, “making something new and fun with strong artistic backing and design elements.”
While the creation of the quirky cards is part of the fun for McQuade, he also finds joy in imagining the recipients of them. “I love thinking about the reactions the cards get when acquired, then given and opened—the excitement, the surprise—those personal moments between people. I love that my cards are in the middle of that, helping to make those moments sweet and super fulfilling.”
There’s still time to get your geektastic greeting cards. McQuade sells them through his shop on Etsy. Additionally, McQuade's illustrations are available as stickers, magnets, ornaments, prints, and more. And his greeting cards cover many special occasions, including Valentine's Day, Christmas, and birthdays. The artist also offers combo packs for his cards, fridge magnets, waterproof stickers, ornaments, and bookmarks online.