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Friday, February 5, 2016

Thinking of You Kittie

Today I needed to make a "Thinking of You" card, so of course I turned to my newly completed cats (Stampendous "Pop Up Kitties" stamps & matching dies) for my focal.  I chose to use one that I colored like a "Tuxedo cat". Here's a picture that perhaps shows the front of the card a bit better:

The striped paper is from a DCWV Mat Stack and is matted with plain black.  The bows are die cut from a glittered foam from the dollar store.  The ledge the cat is sitting on is paper from HOTP.  As you can see, the cat is holding a tag with her paws.  The tag was made with stamps from JustRite stamps ("Be Strong") and cut with the matching die ("Antique Tags One") - silver heat embossing on a white glossy cardstock colored with pink alcohol ink.

The last thing I did was to position some cat paws so they look like she's holding the tag and add the head - which is on a wobble spring.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tiger Cats

Okay, I said yesterday's was the last of my "cat making frenzy", but after making all those cats, I realized I didn't have any "Tiger Cats" so decided I better make some of those too.  Here they are.  The two with bodies started as white card stock, but the third "peeking" cat started as greyish-tan paper (which was what I already had stamped) so it doesn't look the same and I couldn't leave part of it white like I did with the others.  It's funny how in the photo I like the peeking cat better, but in real life, the whiter ones look better! :)

I colored these cats in a similar fashion:
  • I started with a light tannish color and colored most of the cat with that.
  • Next I added a darker burnt orange color to form the "stripes".  The didn't have enough definition, so I found a gel pen I had that was similar in color and scribbled on the stripes with that.
  • Before the gel pen dried, I went back over the center of the stripe with more of the burnt orange.  This time it stuck to the gel pen marks more than elsewhere so helped to give more depth. (Though you can't really see it in this picture.)
  • The eyes were mostly gold Smooch, though some of them have just a touch of green in them as well.  One has pink chalk for a nose, one has pink smooch for a nose, and one has dark brown marker for a nose.
  • I finished by going over the outside lines, eyes & whiskers with a black or dark brown fine-line marker.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tabby Cats

The last of my cat making frenzy is the tabby cat.  This one took more work, but I like the way it turned out.  

It started similar to others - dark brown ink on tan/brown paper.  I then added a lot of color with my chalks - browns and burnt orange colors.  

Next I took a fine line black sharpie and started scribbling in the black parts all over the face and body of the cat before using the same pen to go over the lines again to sharpen them up.  

The eyes are Smooch ink - a mix of green and gold with a dot of white gel pen in the center of the black.  The nose is pink Smooch ink.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Brownish Cats

These two cats were done in a similar way. 

The yellow-eyed cat (actually a mix of gold & green Smooch inks) started as a varigated brown cardstock stamped with dark brown ink.  I added more color with brown and dark brown chalks, outlined it in black over the dark brown, added smooch for eyes & nose.  And - touched up the center of the pupil with a white gel pen.

 The blue-eyed cat started as a single tone tan/brown cardstock stamped in brown.  It was colored with browns & blackish grey chalks with just a hint of a orange-brown color in a few spots.  The eyes & nose are Smooch inks (eyes are mix of blue-green & silver), and I added white gel pen for the center of the dark part of the eye to make it "pop".

Monday, February 1, 2016

Siamese Cats

Next up are some Siamese cats.  These started as white card stock stamped in coffee colored ink.  I used a medium brown chalk over the center of the face, the ears, the feet, and the tail.  Then I came back with a darker brown for shading.  I found I didn't like the white - wanted it a bit more cream colored, so I went over the whole VERY lightly with a brownish/tan color.  The eyes are Smooch ink - a mix of blue and silver.  For this one, I went over the lines again, using a brown fine-line marker.

Here are the other versions:
"Peeking" Kittie

Right-facing Kittie

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tuxedo Cats

Probably the easiest ones to color were the black and white "tuxedo" cats.  For all of the cats, I mostly used my pastel chalks.  The ones I have are a set of 48 from "The Stencil Collection".  I love that they are erasable when you first apply them, but set within 10 minutes or so.  And I like the ease of use.

For this black and white cat, I started by stamping a black image on white card stock.  Using the chalks, I started by coloring the nose & inside of the ears with pink.  Then I added a dark grey - almost black color around the face and body, leaving plenty of white showing as you can see.  I then added black chalk where the lines were on the cat and other places I wanted to be a bit darker (like where one part of the cat would create shadow on another part).

For the eyes, I combined 2 Smooch inks (Green Apple, & Gold Lame') by putting a few dots of the green and then blending with the gold.  I used a bit of pink Smooch ink for the nose. 

I found it looked best if I then went over the lines with a fine-line black felt-tip marker.  (Sharpie's works fine for this.)  The head, body & bow are just sitting loosely at the moment, but I had to see what they looked like.  Won't this make a fine addition to a card?

Here are a couple more black & white cats.

"Peeking" Kittie
Left-facing Kittie

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lots of Cats

This week I've been making cats - lots and lots of cats!  I love this stamp & die set I got from Stampendous (Pop-up Kitties).  The picture above shows a few of the cats that I made - as well as a couple that aren't yet colored to give you an idea of what a difference coloring makes!!!  This set of stamps (& coordinating die set) have the head separate from the body so you can make it a "bobble head" on a spring if you like.  As you can see in the picture above, there are two cat bodies - one facing left and one facing right.

There are also a couple of cat paws that you can use to make "peeking" cats as you can see at the bottom of this 2nd photo.  This photo also shows the bow that comes with the sets.   It can be used to dress up the cats as I've shown here, or for other decorations - like on this basket (that also comes with the set):

I haven't yet shaded the basket, and the pieces are just set in place at this point, but I couldn't wait to see how it looked.  Isn't she cute?  The basket "liner" is cut with a die in the set & the stamped with the upper part of the basket stamp.    In the next few posts, I'll talk about how I colored the cats, but for now, I'll finish with a quick description of how I prepared them for coloring.

The Stampendous video says to stamp and color them and then cut them out - carefully lining up the dies so you see equal amounts of the stamped edges all around first.  However, they don't actually cut them in the video - which made me wonder how well that actually worked. :) (Especially since they make a point of saying to color outside the lines so if it isn't lined up perfectly it will still look fine.)

So, I did my die cutting FIRST.  I started with a variety of papers and cardstock that I thought would be nice for each of the pieces - and die cut the pieces I wanted from them.  THEN I stamped them.  To ensure I got the stamp lined up correctly (since they are rubber stamps and I couldn't see through them for placement) I placed the stamp on my acrylic block and inked it.  Then I left it sitting face up on my table and carefully placed my die cut on top, lining it up and the smoothing with my fingers to ensure a good "stamp".  It worked beautifully!  And I've been having loads of fun with these!