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Friday, May 29th, 2015

I DID IT! I made a card in under 24 hours!!! Including drying time!

   Gerda Steiner Designs did a design team call in February. I just LOVE her little images! I wanted to try out, but we were moving. She’s having another one this month! It has been going on all through May. So, I decided to submit something. 🙂

If you’d like more information, please visit her page for the design team call.
Design Team Call



   So, I will tell you about this little cutie. I saw this kitty and usually I would think “birthday”. This time I figured he looks a bit more curious, so he’s just saying “hi”. Trust me, while making this card, I flipped back and forth about 20 times between doing a birthday card and a hi card. I printed him out and cut him using my silhouette. How did I ever get along before this thing??? I colored him up using my copics. I’ve never had an all brown cat (I’ve only had 9 in my life. Not nearly cat lady crazy enough.). I just thought it was too cute. After coloring him, I decided to add texture using some 91% alcohol on a terry cloth towel. I’m not usually a “yellow” person, but this little guy just LOVES yellow. He begged for a yellow balloon. Who could say no to that sweet little face?


   See those little clouds??? I used modeling paste for the first time. He wanted some clouds and I’ve loved this stencil since I first saw it. How perfect for scenes set in the air? As usual, doing it for the first time, I learned a few do’s and don’t’s. When you’re watching a video and they say “Rinse off your stencil, work surface, and palette knife quickly.” They’re not kidding. I waited about 2 minutes and things started to harden on the stencil. Also, Jennifer McGuire recommends using a removable spray adhesive on the backs of your stencil. This is a good idea! Some of my modeling paste got up under the stencil, but I’m calling those “fancy” clouds.

   For the sentiment, I wanted to use the banner die from the MFT Blueprints #20 set. So, I was looking through my sentiments and found this one. I stamped and heat embossed it on vellum. Then cut another banner out of the SSS-Sunshine cardstock I used for the card base and offset the two banners. Still gives that pop, but it’s not in your face bright. Plus, having the balloon yellow draws your eye across the card and brings out the yellow in the chevron panel underneath.


   For the inside, I wanted to keep it simple and with lots of room to write. Since I didn’t have what I wanted to say in a stamp, I decided to spell it out using the Bella alphabet set from Mama Elephant. Let’s just say I don’t like lining up alphabet stamps.

   That’s it for my card today. I wanted to say thank you to Gerda for having a design team call. And for giving so much time to do it!


Copics Used:

Cat: E21, E23, E25, E27, E29; R02, R00
Balloon: Y13, Y15, Y17, Y38


Supplies Used: