As you know, I’m a great lover of cats so, this stencil on Sweet Poppy Stencils’ website immediately called to me. It’s called Faith and I think it has a very calm, serene feel to it. I planned on using my Mooch silhouette with it but hadn’t envisaged it looking like a patronus from Harry Potter!
I thought I’d make two cards but in different colours to see which looked best. First, I used my blending brushes and Rococo Rose and Pretty Peacock inks, plus a touch of Smoky Slate, through the stencil.
Next, I stamped Mooch and then grounded him by using my hillside mask and blending some grey ink. I added another hillside slightly paler and then some mountains, paler still, to give the illusion of depth.
Trees were stamped either side and I used the tops of the trees for bushes in the foreground. I used the Star Cluster and heart Fairy Charm as the focal point for Mooch’s gaze. These were stamped in Versafine Claire Glamorous and Sea Breeze as they were the same tone as the blended colours but stood out more.
A few Nuvo drops were added, together with a little glitter. I went over the heart with Nuvo drops in a thick layer to give the heart dimension.
To finish framing the piece, I stamped leaves around the edges and also blended some grey though the Feather Leaf stancil and black around the edges to draw the eye into the centre.
Which is your favourite? The pink or the green? I love them both!
This week’s post is inspired by another YouTube video for Lavinia stamps, this one by Eileen Godwin. The main feature of the card is the silhouette of the cat, Mooch; I just love him!
To begin, I used my brushes and a combination of grey and pink inks and the Lavinia Charming stencil.
I was aiming for a rough heart shape.
Next, I stamped mooch using Versafine Clair Nocturne ink.
Lastly, I added the Star Cluster, also from Lavinia around Mooch’s head. I realised that this stage that the layout of the card didn’t sit quite right so I added some text using Inkylicious Background Text stamp and a Stampin’ Up! sentiment. This panel was then mounted on a cream 4” square card base.
For the other card, I kept it simple and just cut it down into a smaller square and layered onto a pink mat.
Which do you prefer? I think the second, simpler one is my favourite.
The idea for this card came to me whilst trying to think of a quick project to make an anniversary card for Mr L. It had to be quick as we were going on holiday for our anniversary and I had to make it in the hour before the taxi picked us up and I hadn’t even finished packing! Panic crafting at it’s best!! It uses the partial die cutting technique to get the opening heart shape and would be perfect for anniversary, valentine and wedding cards. I also wanted to have a go at hand lettering for the sentiment to fill the heart spaces.
Since the card for Mr L was made in somewhat of a rush, it opens the wrong way (!) and the front heart overhangs the edge. I had thought that was an error but when I made the MkII version, I realised it was due to the card stock not being wide enough so the second version is only single fold rather than bifold. I used a heart die but circle dies would also work.
The partial die cut is made by placing the die in position on the card front, overlapping the score line, and lining the top cutting pad up along the score line.
When run through the Big Shot, the die will not cut beyond the cutting pad. I trimmed the excess off down the score line to create the heart shaped front.
I die cut a smaller heart for the front and a piece of Gingham Gala DSP for the inside and decorated them with hand lettering.
I used the cat punch and some silver glimmer paper to make the two cats for the front.
I also punched two cats from the gingham paper for the back of the cats.
I reversed the cats on this card and intertwined the tails rather than having them head to head.