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Monday, 4 October 2010

Red and Black Silhouette Cat

This card has been shamelessly copied from one made by Katy Fox in the June 2010 issue of Craft Stamper magazine. I've used different papers and swirl stamps but the card looks very similar to the one that Katy made.

The cat image, the free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine designed by the team at Katzelkraft, was stamped onto white card using Versacolor Black ink and heat embossed using Heat It Up! Black Sparkle embossing powder.

The image was then die cut using a standard circle Nestabilities die, and a swirl image, from the Autumn Leaves Rhona Farrer Flourishes v1 stamp set, was stamped around the edge of the circle using Versafine Smokey Gray archival pigment ink. The edges of the panel were then distressed using Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink.

This was then matted onto a scalloped circle die cut from the Red Cabbage Rose Flourish paper from the Papermania Red Hot Capsule Collection pack, also distressed with the Black Soot ink.

The card blank was partly covered with a panel of the Black Clover Leaf paper, from the Papermania Monochrome Capsule Collection pack. A strip of black paper was punched using the XCut Diamond border punch and adhered to the reverse of a panel of the same red paper used for the scalloped circle and adhered below the black patterned paper.

The sentiment, the accompanying stamp to the cat image, was stamped using the Versacolor Black ink and heat embossed with the black sparkle powder. This was also overstamped with the swirl stamp and the Smokey Gray ink and distressed with the Black Soot ink.

Three black card candy, from Craftwork Cards, were heat embossed with the black sparkle powder and placed in the top right corner.

To heat emboss the card candy, I found the easiest way to do it is to add a small piece of double sided tape to the end of a pencil (preferably not painted) and press the card candy onto it. Tap the card candy into the inkpad you wish to use until the candy is covered in the ink than dip the candy into the embossing powder.

Tap off the excess embossing powder and heat, turning the pencil as the embossing powder starts to melt. Once the embossing powder has all melted, leave to cool for a few seconds then remove from the pencil - the heat will have softened the tape a little, making it easy to peel away. You can then re-use the tape if you need to do multiple card candy pieces.


peter said...

Beautiful card Kathleen.. Love the image..Peter Xx

Anonymous said...

Un chat noir...qui peut résister!

Love it. Thanks for the tip about embossing Card Candy.

Teresa said...

Its gorgeous Kathleen, lovely little stamp and the layout is lovely too, nothing wrong with taking a layout! Love it. Teresa xx

debby4000 said...

Oh fabulous card Kathleen.

Eisbärin said...

A beautiful card, Kathleen! Love your tip for the embossing of card candy as well!
Lots of love,

Sheila said...

Stunning card - such a lovely stamp. Nice tip too, Sheila:)X

Jenny said...

Gorgeous card Kathleen, love the image. I must get round to using the one I have soon. Well soonish.. Stunning! Jenny

Julie said...

Love this - gorgeous papers and the stamp is so cute!! Juliexx

Caroline and Jayne said...

A lovely card xxx
Why don't you pop along to our craft blog We have competitions, challenges, charity events and even a class at the NEC (Birmingham with Shimelle lane - but you need to book x)You can inspire or be inspired :)

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