Sir Stampalot are having their February Challenge and the theme is All Creatures Great and Small and I thought I’d have a go. I firstly dug out this lovely stamp from Third Coast Rubber Stamps of a cat with wings (I can’t direct you to the exact stamp – they have thousands of them! Go have a browse 🙂 ). I coloured different sections with various colours of embossing pens, huffed on the stamp to moisten it again and then stamped it onto some glossy card. This was then covered in clear EP and heat embossed. The mice are from the same company and are stamped in Memento Rich Cocoa.
Once that had cooled and dried I painted over the images with Art Masking Fluid allowing that to dry thoroughly. I stamped a decorative flourish (Third Coast again) with Versamark across the top of the piece and also a bare branch design from De Stempelwinkel across the bottom for some foliage before brayering over with the only Big & Juicy ink pad I own (so far) – Vibrant Primary. When the masking fluid was rubbed off it left the stamped images as they had been originally and so I coloured the cat and her wings with some ProMarkers. I found the perfect colour of card stock for the base card – it matches the yellow of the ink pad exactly and is soooooooo not what I normally would use! It’s an A4 card simply scored and folded in half.
I grabbed a couple of sheets of A4, white glossy card and attacked them with the brayer and Vibrant Primary. You can see on the photo of the full sheet that I went across the width and it formed broad stripes, on the other I went diagonally with the brayer, you can perhaps see that on the photo of the Sizzix Flourish die. I cut a couple of pieces, put them coloured sides together and cut them with my Wizard.
Have you ever spent so much time faffing around that a single card takes two evenings to make?!
I trimmed a sliver off each side of the main panel and then spent ages arranging and re-arranging them with the die cuts! Some low-tack masking tape was needed to hold the finished layout in place so I could flip it over and apply glue to all the intricate swirls. I outlined the cat with dots of white and then decided the whole thing needed…….more! So, my Tim Holtz idea-ology ruler and a pricking tool allowed me to make lovely neat puncture marks all round before showing me that the swirls also needed to be dotty. Perhaps it’s all a bit too much? I quite like it anyway :).