Like me, my sister is a big fan of cats so, when it came to making a card for her birthday, it called for another outing for Mooch (Lavinia stamps). I’d recently bought a gel press plate for making backgrounds using mixed media so this was a first outing for that – and for me using it!
To begin, I brayered some Distress Oxide inks in Weathered Wood and Duck Egg onto the gel plate, spritzed with a little water, then pressed my card onto the plate. This would colour the moon. Next, I applied a selection of pink and purple Oxides onto the gel plate, added an acetate circle to mask the area for the moon, spritzed with water again and then pressed the card onto the plate.
I wanted the cat to be highlighted by the moon so decided to have him sitting on a wall, made using a brickwork stencil, and then stamped Mooch on top.
The final stage was framing the scene which I did with Dandelion and Thistle silhouette stamps, also from Lavinia. I then used the Feather Leaf stencil to add a little texture to the sky area. To finish, I added some glitter around the moon and some stars and added some black Nuvo drops onto the silhouettes for subtle reflection from the moon.
To finish the card, I used an 8” x 8” card base and added a black mat to both my topper and the decorative layer beneath. This was just a piece of white card that I blended the same purple and pink Oxide inks onto and then added the Feather Leaf stencil to coordinate with the topper.
The other thing I made for my sister was a cat themed cake. I saw this idea on Facebook ages ago and though I know just the person I can make that for. It made everyone laugh and nobody refused a slice, despite the subject matter!
I’ve not been well for the past 6 weeks or so and as a result, my creative mojo has disappeared. When I’m empty of ideas, I use other crafters on YouTube to inspire me. These cards were inspired by Jo Rice’s tutorial for Lavinia Stamps – a recent, new find for me; they have some beautiful stamping goodies!
To begin, I stamped the dandelions around two diagonally opposite corners in black ink. I used Versafine Clair in Nocturne for the first time and I love the intense black of this ink.
Next, I added a touch of colour by stencilling gently with some pale blue ink.
To finish, I added a sentiment and heat embossed with some clear powder. I also added a few tiny dots of glue onto the dandelions and sprinkled on some glitter, although you can’t really see this on the photo.
I’ve also been trying out Distress Oxide inks so for my second card, I did the stencilling first as using Oxide ink over stamps, the ink sits on top as it’s quite opaque.
Stamping over Distress Oxides also produces strange results as the Oxide ink reacts with the moisture in the black ink. I’m still learning the best ways to use the Oxide inks but I do love their soft, chalky finish. The sentiment on this is a great one from Inkylicious.
I had intended my second card to be a slimline (DL) card but I dropped the inked stamp on one end so had to chop it down and mat and layer it to a C6 size instead.
You’ve probably noticed that I’m quite a fan of the Anita Jeram stamps by Colorado Craft Company. My latest purchase is this really cute (and large) stamp set, called Home Sweet Home so it’s ideal for new home cards but what I love about this one is its versatility as it’s useful for masculine cards, with a suitable colour palette.
As I was using watercolour, I stamped the scene and the individual elements then taped them to a board to stop any warping.
I painted the scene but didn’t bother with the parts the individual elements would cover. The small elements were painted and then die-cut.
As I couldn’t find a suitable place on the front of the card to put the sentiment, I stamped it on the card liner and added one of the small stamps, which was also stamped on the envelope.
After mounting the scene on the card base, I popped up the elements on foam squares for some added dimension.
I love how these simple line drawn animals have such character!