Good morning! I can’t seem to get enough of the new Folk Dance stencil from Simon Says Stamp and today I’m sharing a much more subtle way to use it than I shared last week. 😉
Have you seen these ADORABLE kitty stamps from Gina K Designs? They were designed by her daughter Alicia and they are my new favorite cat stamps! I think it’s because they remind me of anime cats (like the ones from Sailor Moon…am I showing my age now?)! And the expression on that cat’s face looks EXACTLY like my cat, Rogue, when she’s trying to convince me to give her more food. But I totally fail at coloring tortoiseshell cats so I decided to practice coloring my kitty white with copics. I’ve got a little ways to go but it’s much better than my early attempts at coloring white animals where I literally just colored the ears pink and considered it done! Ha! A little shading with warm grey copic markers goes a long way to adding dimension and depth! I also colored the yarn ball and then die-cut them with the coordinating dies.
Next I die-cut a stitched rectangle panel and masked off the bottom portion with post-it tape. I blended peacock feathers distress ink above the line, covered it with a mask and blended hickory smoke distress ink below for a little contrast. I spritzed it with water to add some texture and flicked on a little bit of copic opaque white. Next I stamped the sentiment with peacock feathers distress oxide ink and used a trick from my friend Lisa! Since the oxides are a little like pigment ink they stay wet longer…so I was able to heat-emboss the sentiment with clear embossing powder for a nice, shiny sentiment! I wanted to add a little more texture to my design so I placed the Folk Dance stencil over the panel and then added just a swipe or two of moonstone glimmer paste and let it dry! The finished result almost looks like a little bit of wallpaper! Finally I adhered my kitty and yarn using foam mounting tape. This is one of those designs where I didn’t quite know where I was going to end up when I started but I’m really happy with how the design evolved! For those who ask, this is generally why I don’t make videos for all of my cards…most of the time my cards start in one direction, meander over the river and through the woods, and end up somewhere totally different! 😉
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