To continue my goal of participating in more challenges I put together this card for Papertrey Ink’s Make it Monday Challenge. The challenge required the use of a Papertrey Ink product and paper weaving!
I started off by stamping the lines from the Ombre Builders set onto three different pieces of scrap Strathmore watercolor paper in Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Mowed Lawn distress ink. I knew I was going to use the cat die cut so I wanted the scraps of paper to almost look like woven yarn. After the ink dried I cut it into length-wise strips of varying widths. I laid the strips down vertically and then used a piece of post-it tape to hold them together while I wove in the horizontal strips. I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to lay it on the card so I didn’t want to permanently adhere it together.
After weaving I decided that I was going to keep half of the edges clean and then fussy cut the other edges to follow the design of the ombre stamp. I adhered the woven piece to the corner of my card base. I used the Strathmore watercolor paper because I wanted the texture of watercolor paper as the background.
Next I die-cut the cat from the Cat’s Meow set using the same watercolor paper. I own the coordinating stamp set but decided that I didn’t want the hard lines of the stamp set to show so I watercolored the entire die-cut. I used the Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils to create my calico cat and after coloring I went over the cat with a damp paintbrush to blend the colors. To finish the cat I used a copic .3 black multiliner to draw in her eyes, nose, and whiskers.
I used foam mounting tape to adhere the cat to the front of the card but felt it was missing something. I took a leftover scrap from the ombre strips and die-cut the yarn ball. I think it helps to tie together the paper-weaving design and the cat.