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KivaDawgs Introduction

Tired of wandering through the grocery store, trying to find cards which were, well, tasteful and good to look upon? And had just the right greeting inside?

Bored with sending ephemeral, low-quality electronic cards?

Take a look at our new range of KivaDawgs. You download them, print them on your own printer, write what you want inside them and then mail them to friends and family. Highlighting everyday ocurrences (!) illustrated through their impact on a lovable extended family of dachshund characters, they differ from our KivaCards series, which use fine-art photographs as their images.

The files are password-protected - to open and print the file, you'll need to buy the password, which you can do electronically through Kagi's secure transaction scheme: you order online via their web page (using the link in the table below), and they email you a unique password. Having bought the password, you are free to make as many prints as you want at no extra cost.

Printing Your Cards

You can print your KivaDawgs on anything that your printer can handle, although best results will generally be obtained with glossy, photo-quality paper. You may find it convenient to buy paper specially designed for greetings cards - for example, Hewlett-Packard Glossy Greetings Card stock, which is pre-creased for convenient folding and comes with envelopes of the correct size. For some occasions, we find printing on normal 8.5x11 inch glossy photo-quality paper works fine (although you must fold the paper yourself, and the inside of the card will likely be decorated with the elegant little trademarks that the vendors like to print on the back of their paper).

You can print greetings inside the card - to do this, you should first create the greetings you want using the program of your choice and then print it on the back of the card. When it's printed, you can run the card through your printer a second time to print the card front from Acrobat Reader. You may need to experiment to find out which way round to put the card back through your printer...

With any ink-jet printer, color matching can be an issue. KivaDawgs are provided with colours correct for an sRGB display or printer. Experience suggests that letting your printer driver treat the card as a colour photo should provide good results, but be prepared to experiment a little with your printer driver settings and colour matching options.


We offer one free download in our KivaDawgs series; download it (216KB) to see what a KivaDawgs card will look like, and to practice printing and colour-matching. Over on our KivaCards page, we have another freebie which provides a couple of helpful hints (344KB) - one hint shows how to add an insert to a card, and the other provides information on how to build an envelope for your Kivacard (or for any other card formed by a fold on 8.5 x 11 paper)

And you can now use our preview images as images in your own electronic greetings cards, for free. Click on the title of the card you'd like to use, and you'll get the preview. You can then drag'n'drop, or copy and paste the preview image into your outgoing email. See our helpful(?) instructions here for more info.

Terms and Conditions

We offer a range of downloadable KivaDawgs products. Each may be freely downloaded. The ownership of the intellectual property inherent in each product remains with its owner (normally us) and is not transferred to you by download nor by purchase. You are licensed to use the downloaded products for any personal, non-commercial purposes. You may not re-distribute the products in any form (save that you may print the products on any media convenient and provide such printed copies free of charge to anyone you see fit) nor by any means unless you guarantee that recipients of such redistributed products are bound by these terms and conditions. If you wish to use the products for commercial purposes please contact us either electronically at feedback@kivadesigngroupe.com or at the physical mail address given below. Some of our products are free, but the same terms and conditions prevail.
By downloading any Kiva product you are agreeing to be bound by these terms.

Each KivaDawg product is copyright © Kiva Design 2000 and/or others and/or other dates as appropriate. All rights reserved.


In the table below, you can see the titles for each KivaDawgs card.

If you click on a title, you'll see a much preview image (these vary in size from 20KB to 75KB). This image is of significantly lower quality than the image on the card; you can judge the card quality - and the general shape of the cards - by downloading the Bill and Jo card; it's completely free (but still protected by copyright).

When you click on a Download Card link, your browser will start downloading the card. If your browser has the Acrobat Reader plugin (so you can see downloaded .pdf files in your browser window), you must tell it to save the file rather than showing it to you in the browser window: on a Mac, in Netscape, you hold the option key down when clicking on a link to do this. (If you don't do this, the browser will ask you for the password to the file before you can download). Practice with the free card.

Each card you download will have the same general organisation as the free card - the back will describe the card, and the front will have the drawing and title.

Once you've downloaded a file, go to our online purchasing page by clicking on the Buy Passwords link in the table, and purchase the password for the file; you must have a credit card to do this. Please be sure to order passwords for the all the files you've downloaded since you won't be able to open them without one; of course, you can buy passwords many at one time.

You'll need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to view (and print) the cards. You'll need version 4.x; if you don't have it, click on Get Acrobat

All the cards are priced the same - just $2.50 each password.

KivaDawgs Cards
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Preview Size/Card Size

Bill and Jo finally come upon their favorite sign

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Today Ted discovered where the phrase "meaner than a junkyard dog" originated

Download Card
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Time after time something strips Flora's vegetable garden...

Download Card

Bede decides tonight he no longer wants to be an astronomer...

Download Card

Ralph and Geraldine are making a list of things to get ready for the next visit...

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Oh, no! The Rover's left their gate open and their pet is loose...

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Don loves the SuperQuick door closer he installed...

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Betty decided to let Calvin sleep...

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Mama's words flash into Jon's mind...

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I think Mom has been waiting a while

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Mama told the kids to take out the trash...

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