Monday, June 10, 2013

For You!

My  husband is a chemist. Chemists are nerds. I love cats. Hence, I had to have the Nerd Cat stamp by Stampotique.

I am a Virgo. I am a control freak. I like things neat and tidy, though my house is always a mess because I detest housework. But  I really do like to have to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Therefore, I had to create something for for Stampotique's Designer Challenge to "Create from an envelope".

So here's what I made. It holds a gift card and will likely be for Father's Day for my husband.  BTW, it's not neon-looking irl. I hate NEON!

Here's the gift card holder, which you pull out via the tape measure at the top.

Years ago, Bazzill made coin envelopes which are the perfect size for gift cards.  I loved them, so I got bunches of them. I have no clue as to whether they still make them. I started this project by figuring out what size circle I needed and where the circle opening should fall. Once I figured that out, I placed the circle Nestabilities die blade-side up inside the envelope and ran it through my Big Kick.

The next step was to stamp Nerd Cat using Tuxedo Black Memento ink twice, once onto cardstock and once onto Eclipse tape. The tape image was fussy cut and set aside to be used as a mask. The cardstock image was colored with Copic markers, which I am sure is a huge surprise. Not. Several layers of Clear Gelly Glaze Pen were added to Nerd Cat's glasses and his buttons.

The mask was adhered over the image and the 7 Gypsies ruler was stamped three times, using a Stamp-a-ma-jig positioner. Removable Scotch tape was placed over the rulers (as a mask) and Pumice Stone Distress ink was sponged over Nerd Cat. I sprinkled the cardstock with water and used my heat gun to dry the paper. The next step was to sponge Broken China Distress ink over a stencil.  I removed all of the masks and colored the rulers with Copic markers. When that was done, the entire piece was sponged with more Pumice Stone and Broken China Distress inks. I used the Tonic corner punch to create the tag top. A piece of red cardstock was cut a little bit wider than the piece and twice as long. The top edges were corner punched and the card front was adhered. Ruler Washi Tape was colored with Copic markers and adhered vertically to the top on both the front and the back of the card. The gift card was slid into the card and a sentiment strip was added using my sadly diminishing supply of Doodlebug rub-ons.

Now to bore you about the outside. I grabbed the die cut envelope and sponged Pumice Stone Distress ink over it. Then Broken China Distress ink was sponged over the Layered Beads 6x6 stencil by The Crafter's Workshop,I had meant to use a hexagon stencil, but I couldn't find it. I reorganized recently and it wasn't in its place!!! @#$% Anyways, I also stamped a text stamp over the stencil with Black Soot Distress ink, but I got incomplete images. I didn't care 'cause I kinda like the look. :D

I did discover that the sticky gluey part of the envelope didn't like being sponged with ink. Spoilsport.

Patterned papers from the Collectable: Remarkable 6x6 pad by My Mind's Eye (on sale now!) were edged with Broken China and Gathered Twig Distress ink and layered. The envelope with the gift card were adhered to the layered card, which was mounted on red cardstock! Tah dah!

Copics used:
Cat: C2, C4, C5, C6, C7; YG3, YG5, YG21
Cat's Glasses: E07, E19, E27
Cat's Shirt: B000, B00
Cat's Bowtie: R35, R39

Thanks for visiting today!

I shall enter this card in the following challenges:
Stampotique's Designer Challenge #103: "Create from an envelope"
Craft Your Passion: Father's Day/Masculine (cats are masculine and so are nerds)
Crafty Cardmakers #23: Father's Day (This is going to my husband for Father's Day)


  1. This is wonderful, I love the cat image.

  2. You found the perfect envelope for this fun stamp Kathi!! It looks great!

  3. Love your funky cat image and how he is peeking out of the envelope.

    Great Father's Day card

    Thanks for sharing with us

    Lin xx
    Crafty Cardmakers

  4. What a great idea, Kathi! Love the design and the fun image! My husband's a chemist, too! Did you see you won the prize for the May Copic Challenges at The Outlawz! I'll get it sorted for you.

  5. Kathi, I didn't know your husband is a chemist! I share your love of cats and control. I really love this project, the image and the envelope work really well together and I adore teal and red together. The little cat image makes me smile - how fun! :D Hope you are well.

  6. I adore this, the colours, the image and the idea. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique.

  7. I love the cat image being a mad cat woman myself I guess is why I love it. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers

  8. I fully understand your need for a nerd cat. I love cats, too, and am married to a nerd. 'Nuf said.
    This is such a clever idea for using those Bazzill envelopes. And I do have some somewhere.
    Really love the way you colored the kitty, love the fun rulers, the dots, the stamped text, the papers, and the entire design! Just adorable, Kathi! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  9. Lol what a great story...I love your nerdcat :-)

    Great tag!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  10. Your post made me giggle, I'm a cat person and Virgo too and I could see myself in what you wrote (apart from my husband being a librarian).

    Awesome card, I think the little envelope looks great. I love the cat peeking through the hole. I bet your hubbie will love it.

    Thanks for joining in with my challenge and sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


  11. Great card - love the design.

    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers.

  12. This is fab! Love how Nerd Cat peeks through the hole. Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique DC. XOXO

  13. What a "smart" project, Kat!! I really love how you've created the window in your envelope - and that tag sure measures up to the challenge!! So glad you linked up with us at Stampotique!
    Val :)

  14. Haha, love your story, sounds like inevitable logic to me :-) And I love what you made of the stamp image and the envelope, great work! Suzanne

  15. Aw, this is SO cute ♥ Thank you for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

  16. Genius! Love the details of your creation, the papers and the ruler are so cool. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week.

  17. This card makes me smile. I love Nerd Cat peeking through the envelope circle. What a fabulous way to include a gift card. All of the measuring elements are so fun and suit Nerd Cat beautifully. Fun circle pattern on the envelope. Thanks for joining our Father's Day/Masculine card challenge at Craft Your Passion. I hope we see you again soon.

  18. So very creative--and practical! Sweet colors, and I adore that Nerd Cat! ;-)

  19. So so so precious! I love the window envelope and the tag inside...too clever! Love the background as well! What a FUN make!

  20. Just love this little guy and the card you've created around him.A creative piece and a clever way to incorporate a gift card ito the design. Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion.Hope to see you again next week :D
    Lisa x

  21. Cute and quirky! love how nerd cat peeks through the hole and the way the tag pulls up :)

  22. Haha Ha and some more giggles. So cute. Thank you for sharing your creations with us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge.

  23. Love it! Fantastic project, great idea. Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge. Magda :)

  24. Okay, I love anything cat related and this little guy looking thru the peephole just really tickles me! Hope your hubby loved it too!