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Real messages for real people going through real things

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Image of a woman with outstretched arms surrounded by lush, green foliage and covered in hundreds of multi-colored butterflies.  There is a golden orb behind her head and a warm orange glow to the sky.
Image of a greeting card depicting a candle glowing next to a vase of flowers just past their prime with background in shadows.  The card says, "Lighting a candle for you..."
Image of bouquet of flowers in pinks, oranges and whites held as if being given to the reader.  Card says "deeply, truly, grateful" and there is a note card that says, "Thank you" tucked in the bouquet.
Image of with f red fox sitting in the snow with a butterfly resting on his nose.  Card says, "May your season be filled unexpected delight."
Image of a greeting card depicting two ravens sitting on tree branch and playful entwining their beaks while a cascade of red hearts drift upwards between them.
Image of woman standing on one leg on top of rock cairn, reaching with her hand towards the star and the moon in the sky.
A unique line of greeting cards with compassionately candid messages that help you encourage, inspire & lift up the ones you love . . .
When life gets real . . .

You care about the people in your life & want to go that extra step to let them know how much they matter.  And you're looking for messaging that honestly reflects the complexity of our humanness. 


The Chrysalis Imagery has you covered

with a full range of sentiments that strike

a different chord than what you'll find in most card aisles.  Candid, authentic messages of encouragement that

validate the sweet, the sour, and

especially, the crunchier moments in life! 

There is something here for every one of us: 

from recognizing the complexity of

loss & grief, to celebrating the courage of cultivating resilience & stretching into personal growth, to simple sentiments of love & appreciation.  And of course,

the more traditional life celebrations: birthdays, holidays, life milestones & more.

What makes us different?

All original, soulful artwork & hand lettering lovingly crafted by artist, Jessica Schaffer.

Read more here about her surprising discovery that led to The Chrysalis Imagery.

Larger card size than industry standards so that you have plenty of space to write the messages you want without paying more for postage.  Plus high quality card stock with a luxurious feel.  So that putting pen to paper feels nourishing.

On point messaging that reflects the complexity of being human.  No platitudes here!  Just simple, candid encouragement which helps us feel validated & less alone in the experience

of life's up & downs.

We believe that authenticity, validation & representation matter.

Which is why you'll find images that reflect a range of experiences, including identities not often

represented in dominant culture.

We care about the environment!  Which is why we use post consumer, Forest Stewardship Council certified card stock & compostable packaging materials.

We offer FREE Shipping for all card orders placed within the US.  And for those of you in Canada, we offer a $10 USD flat shipping rate on card orders as well so that you can send unique messages of love & support without busting your budget.

What Customers have to say. . .

"I sent this card to a friend who was going through a thing. They said, '1st card that brought relief. Thank you.’ Jessica knows how to capture what hurts and what helps. She’s my go to source for sending love."   --Amy P.

Curious about the chrysalis symbol ?

It's more than a name 

Image of a Monarch butterfly hanging from a cocoon with wings open.
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Inspired imagery celebrating the full spectrum of life . . .


Images carry powerful medicine.  They can encourage us, stir us, or move us to deeper

levels of experience beyond our thinking or knowingThis is the place of possibility from

which I offer my work and my original line of greeting cards that reflect both

the grace & the grit of everyday life...

My aspiration is to help you validate your

loved ones' experiences so that they feel

seen, held & celebrated in all of life's

twists & turns.  And that ultimately helps

us all feel more deeply connected.

I hope there is something here that

touches your heart & uplifts your sense

of what is possible in the world.

--Jessica Schaffer, Founder of The Chrysalis Imagery

Image of tree stump in grays showing both the cracks in the tree rings as well as the way the tree continued to grow around the cracks.  Out of the cracks emerge six colorful monarch butterflies in various postures of flight.
Greeting Cards

It's all about love!

Art Prints and more . . .

For the love of the imagery . . .

If you 're inspired by my images and want to invite them into your home to embellish your personal aesthetic & to nourish your soul, you can purchase them as art prints or reproduced on household items like canvas pillows.  If you don't see what you want in my online shop, message me.  Most all of my artwork can be reproduced in just about any way you desire.

Check out the link below for additional offerings.

Did you know that I also offer custom pet portraits?

We love our animal friends!   And what better way

to celebrate your love for your precious companion than to commission a custom portrait to hang

on your wall?  Pet portraits also make beautiful, touching memorial gifts when someone has

lost that special animal in their life.


About Jessica . . .

Every good story has an element of magic and the unexpected within it. 

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In my case, the element of surprise came when late in life, and contrary to my life-long belief that I was not "artistic" and that I could not draw, I discovered that in fact, I could draw.  And that this expression would be both a path of joy for me and a gift to others.

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If you want to learn a little about how I came to be here, please read more about the backstory.  I promise it won't disappoint!

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Image of middle aged woman with short, brown hair and green eyes.  She is wearing eyeglasses and smiles broadly and directly at the camera with her head titled slightly to the right.  She is wearing a lichen colored sweater.

Photos by Julie Resnick

I'd love to hear from you!

Please say hello!

Thanks for sending us your message!

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