I began by die cutting the word “meow” from some white cardstock using my Silhouette Cameo; this is going to be used as a mask for tracing. The word “meow” is created from the Meow digital cut file that I designed, and is available for purchase at my Etsy shop.
Once my die cut was created, I stamped the cat in a box image onto my A2 watercolor paper card base with some StazOn Jet Black ink. With a black multiliner, I did some sketching at the base of the box, as well as along portions of the lines on the cat, just to give it all a more defined edge.
Next, I laid my “meow” cardstock mask onto my card base and traced the letters with my black multiliner, being careful not to draw over the cat I had already stamped. Finally, I took the “you’re the cat’s meow” sentiment, and did some strategic stamping so that my sentiment was on one line, and also so that I did not stamp the word “meow” and have it on my card a second time.
Bringing in my watercolor pencils, I colored in the cat, and the word “meow”. To blend my shading, I used some Dove blending solution and a paintbrush, rather than water. I like how the blending solution really blends the colors cleanly, and there is a lot less bleeding of color.
Once my coloring was dry, I masked off the word “meow” and the cat before taking some Tim Holtz distress inks (Rusty Hinge, Peacock Feathers and Iced Spruce) and a wet paintbrush to add ink splatters around my card.
A few other details…
I decorated the envelope and inside of the card with the wind up mouse and a happy birthday sentiment, both from Newton’s Nook stamp sets (Just Say Cheese and Newton’s Antics). I also added a paw print on the front flap of the envelope as a final touch.
I just love how cute this cat stamp is from the Newton’s Antics stamp set; all the images in the set are adorable! I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s card… thanks so much for stopping by!
Inspiration & Challenges
The one-layer aspect of this card is inspired by the Newton’s Nook “Just One Layer” Inky Paws challenge #18, and the color scheme is inspired by the Cure for the Monday Blues challenge #44. This card is also submitted into the Simon Says Stamp “No Rules” Monday challenge and the Uniko Studio “Birthdays” challenge #18.