‘Oops!’ Moment

Do you ever have an ‘oops!’ moment, usually when you’re 99% through creating your card?  The decision then is whether to plough on and try to recover it or bin it and start again.  I will generally try the former, usually by stamping over the offending area however it wasn’t possible on this card so I had to think of something else.  Glitter came to the rescue!

The aim was for a clean and simple slimline card in landscape format, with a cat on a rainbow platform. To begin, I masked off the bottom section and blended a variety of inks to make the rainbow section.  I spritzed with a little water to give some texture.

Using my Stamparatus stamp positioner, as I wanted the cat silhouette to be super solid, I stamped the image 4 times.

The cat stamp is Mimsy by Lavinia Stamps

After the sentiment was stamped, I felt it needed something extra so added a couple of small star clusters. Versafine Clair ink is slow drying and I’d inadvertently put the side of my hand onto the cat and then printed above.  There was not much I could do to over-stamp that error.

Added a black marker line to ground Mimsy – and an unintentional smudge of ink just above him!

So, it was now a case of starting over.  Or maybe I could hide the ‘oops!’ by covering the entire panel in glitter?  It was worth a try anyway.  I covered the panel in Versamark and added Heat ‘n’ Stick powder, which goes on white but goes clear (and slightly sticky) when heated.

The glitter was added and the panel heated again, which sets the glitter in place.  I brushed the panel over the bin to remove any excess glitter so that the recipient doesn’t get covered in it when they remove the card from the envelope!  Once the glitter was on, the smudge wasn’t visible any longer.   Result!

Mooch doesn’t like being left out so he featuures on the envelope and on the inside liner.

Puss Patronus

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!

Mooching In The Garden

I’m mildly addicted to Mooch! He’s my new stamp and keeps finding his way onto my makes.  I was just going for a straight forward design with this card, envisaging a cat sat in the garden amongst the plants watching the world go by. 

To begin, I cut a piece of scrap paper with a wavy edge and blended some ink to give the ground for the cat sit on.

Next, I stamped Mooch and the greeting.  As Mooch looks up and to the left, it made sense to put the sentiment there, as though he is looking at it.

To add a little colour, I blended some Distress Oxides in Speckled Egg and Picked Raspberry around the edges, spritzed with a little water to lift some colour and added some splats in Speckled Egg.

To make the garden, I stamped the dandelions and thistles silhouettes.

Finally, I added a light pattern using the Feather Leaf stencil and shaded around the edges in black. I finished with some black Nuvo Drops on the silhouettes and clear ones in the sky.