Thursday, February 27, 2014
Penny Black Cat Frolic - a glittery birthday card
Hi blogging friends
I am feeling pretty yuk this afternoon as I had a vaccination (Diptheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough) this morning and just want to sit on the couch and do nothing as I have a bit of a temperature and I'm tired and a bit achy - but thought I should get on with finishing off some cards as I have a lot of extended-family birthdays coming up over the next few weeks. We were at hospital all day yesterday with my loved one for routine appointments - all is going well thankfully - and we have more appointments next week so I don't have alot of crafting time at the moment. So instead of being a blob on the couch, I have been busy trying to get ahead with my cards instead of leaving them to the last minute as is often the case!
Today I am sharing a card that I made for my sister-in-law's birthday:
The image is by Penny Black (of course - what else??!!) and is called 'Cat Frolic' which I think is adorable: check out that happy smile! I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and coloured it using a mix of Tombow Pens plus Watercolour pencils and a paintbrush. I lightly chalked around the image with blue chalk and added Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue to the flowers, butterflies and cat's cheeks. I used my Arrows Border punch to punch 5 tiny little pink hearts out of pink glitter cardstock (ie: the leftover punchies which look like tiny little hearts to me) and glued them around the image.
I went for a really simple layout - one of my "go to" layouts when I can't think properly like I am now: my head feels like it is stuffed with cotton wool!
The tag and sentiment are from My Favourite Things: Notched Tag and Die set. The heart on the sentiment is a die from the same set. I picked a pink flower from the designer paper to diecut the heart then gave that the glitter-treatment too around the edges. Here is a close-up:
The ribbon was attached in 2 separate elements and the bow itself was made using my Bow Easy. I added Fray Stop to the cut ends to stop them from fraying.
Lastly, I added the 3 x pink Candi Dots using dimensionals.
After I finished my card, I thought the brown ink on the image/sentiment looked a little insipid so I went over the image/sentiment using a Faber-Castell Dark Sepia Artist pen which I was far happier with.
Finished size is 5-1/4" square or 135mm if you are metric.
I am entering my card in the following challenges -
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - Challenge 310 - Springtime
Fan-Tastic Tuesday where it's hip to be Square - Challenge #24 - Anything Goes
Thanks for visiting my blog today - and thank you for any comments that you care to leave: they make my day!
Stamps: Penny Black Frolic 3972K wood-mount, Sentiment - My Favorite Things from Notched Tag stamp set
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Designer paper: American Crafts Yes Please - Play 12" x 12"
Accessories: Big Shot, Spellbinder Decorative Labels 1 dies, My Favorite Things Notched Tag die set, 140lb watercolour paper, Tombow Pens, Faber-Castell + Lyra watercolour pencils, small #2 round paintbrush, Kaisercolour chalks, Candi dots, dimensionals, 1 cm wide ribbon, Bow Easy, Fray Stop, Kindyglitz Crystalina glitter glue, cardstock - pink glitter, duck egg blue
Punches: EK Success Arrows border