Hello! My son just had a birthday so I made a special card for him. For his cards, lately, I’ve been going between cats (we always had cats in our house until last year) or zombies because he likes “The Walking Dead”. I really need to find a new theme – LOL! In the meantime, I had fun using my new Crazy Cats and Crazy Things stamp sets:
I have to say the colors in the photo don’t do the card justice. The colors in person are vivid and crisp. I took pics with my phone and the coloring was exact. Not so when I transferred to the computer and no amount of adjusting could come close. Sigh.
For the background, I used distress inks: Broken China (primarily) and a little bit of Salty Ocean, more colorful at the top and less color downward. I also had inked the grass and sidewalk, but ended up covering the grass. The “sidewalk” is Pumice Stone with some water splats. You can see a few of the die cut grasses I added in between the fence posts. That die was from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Bench (Pop it Up) set.
My fence was inspired by one I saw on a Paper Wishes Weekly Webisode. Their fence was perfect, but I didn’t want mine to be. My fence is in pretty good shape, but the tops are not even and a few tops aren’t pointed, plus there’s that missing piece of fence at the bottom…look at those cat eyes peeking out:
For all of the pieces on the card, I stamped in Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder. I used all Distress Inks for coloring, just blending different colors together and adding water splats to the cats.
The cats in the card are based on the last 2 cats we had: Kitty (orange) and Licorice (Lickers – male). Did you know that most Ginger cats are male? Our Kitty was a female, so she was extra special!
Kitty was the clichéd scaredy cat, bless her heart. I had intended to have her on the sidewalk with the balloons tied to her tail, causing her to look scared. The reality is there’s no way that Lickers could have jumped to the top of that fence! Poor guy had a bowling ball belly, so Kitty had to be on the fence. I should have written down the inks I used, but sometimes I just forget…I used oranges/yellows for Kitty, and I believe I started with Hickory Smoke for Lickers and added some Ground Espresso. He was a black cat but you could really see a lot of brown in him, plus I didn’t want to make him too dark for the card. The look on this cat’s face is really him, as he wasn’t the brightest bulb, but just the sweetest boy. For the cat eyes, I used Twisted Citron, but added a little of one of the yellows. For a little extra dimension, I cut out extra eyes and adhered directly over the stamped eyes (on all 3 sets of eyes) and covered each set with Glossy Accents. They do look greener in reality than what I see on my computer.
I love how the balloons turned out – I used Blueprint Sketch, Festive Berries and Barn Door (because I don’t have Candied Apple yet), and Mowed Lawn. I added some Ranger foil accents and then covered these with Glossy Accents and adhered with dimensional squares (love the shadows they created). For the balloon strings, I used dental floss. I had a little bit of reddish-orange ribbon left so I used that to make my bow on Licker’s tail.
I used scraps of paper to make my presents and bows. I used a brown stripe background to keep it more masculine, and that’s actually the reverse side of the yellow dotted present. I love when I can use scraps of paper.
To finish, I typed and cut out the “Happy Birthday to You” and edged with my Black Soot distress marker. They filled up that empty space nicely.
I apologize for the lengthy post (again). Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments – I love reading them and appreciate each and every one.
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