Erica back on the blog today with a “purrfect” card for cat lovers. I think almost of us know at least one ‘crazy cat lady’, don’t we? I know several myself and I had the most amazing cat when I was a kid. He was such a big softie with a huge personality and I still miss him today, some 17 years after loosing him. He used to walk me to the school bus and wait for me when I got home. Almost all my school peers knew him from seeing him hanging around the bus stop and walking off with me. He really was so special and lovely. Pets have this amazing ability to take up so much space in your heart and still, there is always room for more, isn’t there? I can’t see myself ever not having a pet now, although I have had doggies since 2004.
Right, enough sentimental babbling now (although I could talk about my fur babies all day long) and let’s get down to crafting business!
I got the Hero Arts Purr stamp set out and decided to use my Zig markers for colouring these. Which meant also getting some Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock and MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice out. This is my favourite combination when I use Zig markers as the card stock is smooth, the markers blend well and the ink doesn’t bleed.
As I always do when I have a new stamp set I stamped up almost all of the images and coloured away, happy as a kid in a candy store minus the sugar high! I didn’t have a card design in mind right away, I tend to wing it a lot and try different things before settling on an idea. It’s probably fair to say I’m a bit willy-nilly in my design process at times. Or most of the times actually. It’s is not very often that my finished card looks anything like what I meant it to at the beginning. I’m not sure this is a strength or a flaw.
Well, anyway, after I had coloured all my little kitty cats I used the coordinating frame cuts to cut them out. At this point I had a small herd of cats in different colours and shapes, they are all so cute but I picked out one that looks a bit mischievous as I had this idea to use sting on the card and make him look like he was all tussled up in it. The card came together relatively quickly after deciding this. A purple linen textured card base got chosen and I also picked out a Lawn Fawn plaid card stock (I used Lollipop ) which had a lot of purple in it to tie in the colour scheme.
To incorporate the string I also cut out a scalloped border and a hole in the middle using a Mama Elephant creative cut called All Prettied Up. To add some height and dimension to the card I used the same creative cuts to cut out some double sided foam and then I layered these directly onto each other. The string, which is just from a local shop where I live, has a little bit of silver in it which adds a nice little touch. I wrapped this around and around the scalloped edges and the hole to make a mess for my kitty to get tangled up in.
The great, and also annoying thing about this double sided foam is that it sticks. And not alway to the thing you meant it to stick to.. or straight either… Luckily I managed to save this card before it was totally messed up but I have not always been so fortunate in the past. Well, nothing says handmade as a wonky card, eh?
Once the crisis was averted, I added the kitty to the middle of the tangled string mess with a bit of foam tape to make him look like he’s really wrapped up in it and hovering in the air. Which cat owner hasn’t found their cat hanging from either blinds, curtains or cables at least once, right??
For the sentiment I used the one that says ‘you & me are purrfect together’ and I stamped this in black ink on a small white, stitched label that I had die cut using a Pretty Pink Posh die. You can find similar tag dies here . A small bow was added to the label before being adhered to the card to look like it is also tangled up in the string mess. The last touch I added was a few purple sequins in different sizes to the card base what shows through the die cut hole. They are almost perfectly colour matched to the card stock so it’s quite subtle but just enough to add some interest. I resisted the urge to add more sequins, which is no small feat as I love them! They are without a doubt my go-to embellishment.
Well, that’s it from me today but I hope I have inspired you to have some fun with this stamp set. It really is the cat’s pajamas and purrfect for cat lovers!
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- Hero Arts Purr CM131 clear stamps
- Hero Arts Purr frame cuts DI366
- MFT Hybrid ink Black Licorice
- Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock
- Zig Clean Colour Markers
- Mama Elephant All Prettied Up Creative Cut
- Lawn Fawn Perfect Plaid Lollipop
- Silver string from Søstrene Grene
- Double sided foam sheet
- Purple sequins