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I made this quick little card for my DH's birthday this past week. Now that he has the card in his hot little hand, I can post it here. I tried to colour the cat in similar colours to our own cat - Ruby. There is a photo of Ruby on the LHS of my Blog if you want to see her. She is such a character and fetches just like a dog (mainly with pipecleaners or hair scrunchies), and if she wants your attention, she will drop something at your feet or your lap, stand back and miaow at you for you to throw it. She is one cute puss!
Anyway, enough waffling and onto the card! I diecut the circle from the blue cardstock first then ran the cardstock thru my Cuttlebug using my new Indentz embossing folder (which I sourced from the UK).
Recently I rang KW Doggetts (an Australian paper company) for a Sample Pack of different brands of smooth white cardstock specifically to use for the Gamsol Magic/Magic Coloured Pencil technique. They were very helpful and generous with what they sent me - and all for free!! I had a great old play and found that their brand: "Knight" smooth cardstock was magical - the colours blend out so beautifully and perfectly, and this is the cardstock I used for this birthday card. And it's so white. Much whiter than Beckett Radiance. It was an absolute joy to colour!!! In fact, I was so impressed, that I rang and placed an order and asked for 12" x 12" size which is very practical for my square cards 'cos I can just cut them in half. My order was ready in a day and I was able to go and pick it up from their factory which is only about 20 mins drive from where I live. They have a retail store where you can grab a box and fill it up with different coloured/brands of cardstock/vellums for a set price - ahhh, it was heavenly!! I have no connection to them, but thought it was worth mentioning if you love using the Gamsol Magic technique, but don't know what cardstock to get if you are in Australia. You can just ring up and ask for a sample pack and then you can decide what weight (ie: gsm) you like to use. I believe they have offices in some of the other States of Australia.
I lightly coloured the background with blue chalk (which you can hardly tell from the photo!). I added Art Institute transparent light blue glitter to the balloon. The tiny hearts next to the sentiment are the leftover punchies from my EK Success Arrows border punch.
The fawn cardstock border was made with a Threading Water punch, and I added a Scor-Pal line above it.
Thanks again for stopping by. Have a great weekend!
Stamps: Penny Black 'Celebrating' 1472E, Sentiment from Crafter's Companion 'Popcorn the Bear' Bunches of Love set
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Indentz 'Happy Birthday' embossing folder, EK Success Arrows border punch, Fiskars Threading Water punch, AI blue glitter (from Shabby Chic set), AI Designer dries clear adhesive, Spellbinder Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Pal, Kaisercolour chalks, OMS, Prismas, fawn and blue gingham ribbon, Cardstock: royal blue, fawn, KW Doggetts Knight smooth white