Star Child

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Illustration of a child in a blue hat and an orange and yellow striped top putting a yellow star on the top of a pine tree with red lights on the five points of a star mounted behind the button

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Mary Hamilton was a master artist at Hallmark with a talent for telling charming stories and bringing beauty to everyday objects. Her illustrations brought extraordinary innocence and sweetness to life. Some of her work showcases whimsical characters for Hallmark greeting cards and designing ornaments with cute angels. Her most notable images are bears that appeared on cards, albums, ceramic plates, mugs, books, puzzles, stickers, and buttons (as seen here). Her work became so popular that she developed a loyal fan base. Hamilton served as an illustrator, mentor, and friend to many across Hallmarkā€™s creative community until her retirement in 2015 and her subsequent death in 2017.


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Hallmark. (2015). A tribute to Hallmark master artist Mary Hamilton. Think. Make. Share.

Hallmark. (2015). Artist Mary Hamilton celebrates her 60th Hallmark anniversary. Think. Make. Share.

Catalog ID IN0076