Tuesday, October 27, 2020

I Appreciate You!

It's Tuesday, which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps! This week my teammates and I are creating Thank You cards, but somehow I can't quite let go of Halloween season yet. My solution? My focal panel features AALL and Create's fabulous Moody Kittens Clear Set (#171), which features costumed and/or adventurous cats and sentiments, including a thank you!

Here's my card:

Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Moody Kittens Clear Set (#171) by AALL and Create
Yellow SubmarineAutumn FireSage, and Guacamole Fresco Chalk Paints by PaperArtsy

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Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
140 lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore®
Grey Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Shadow Grey Archival™ Ink by Ranger Industries
Cheesecake Fresco Chalk Paint by PaperArtsy
Copic Markers: N2, N3, N4, N6, B60, BV20, C00, C0, YR02, YR04,  YR07, YR18, YR21, Y35, B21, G21, G24, R22, R24, R37
White Gelly Roll® Gel Pen By Sakura
Big and Little Chain Square Die Set by Gina Marie Designs
Small Rectangle and Label Dies by Spellbinders®

  1. Cut a piece of grey cardstock to 8.5" x 5.5". Score and fold to form an A2 card. Set aside.
  2. Put a small drop of Autumn Fire Fresco Chalk paint onto the craft mat. 
  3. Use the 2" Speedball Brayer to spread the paint, then randomly brayer the paint onto a piece of mixed media cardstock until that drop of paint was gone from both the brayer and the craft mat.
  4.  Repeat Steps #2 and 3 with each color of paint until the cardstock is filled and you're happy with the coverage. You will note in Exhibit A below that the paint colors were overlapped. Some colors blended, others not as much.
  5.  There were some blobby bits of dried paint, so those were sanded off with a sanding block
  6. Cut the painted 9" x 12" mixed media paper in half. Reserve one piece for a later use.
  7. Secure the painted piece of cardstock to the base of a stamping platform with magnets.
  8. Place the Grid Background Red Rubber Cling Stamp atop the painted cardstock and press the platform's lid into the back of the cling stamp,, then lift.
  9. Ink the stamp with grey Archival ink and close the lid to stamp.
  10. Repeat Step #9 if necessary to insure a good impression.
  11. Trim the stamped painted background to 4" x 5.25".
  12. Distress  the edges and set the background panel aside.
  13. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the  grumpy-looking clown cat from the Moody Kittens Clear Set onto white cardstock
  14. Color with Copic markers to match your background.
  15. Use one of the dies from the Big and Little Chain Square Die Set to cut the image panel.
  16. Stamp the sentiment onto a scrap of the painted cardstock using Onyx Black VersaFine ink. Heat set. 
  17. Cut the sentiment with a tiny rectangle die
  18. Cut grey cardstock with an ornamental sentiment die. 
  19. Adhere the die-cut sentiment onto the ornamental die-cut.
  20. Adhere the image panel and the sentiment onto the stamped and painted background panel
  21. Adhere the card front to the reserved grey card.
  22. Add red gemstones from the Diamond Sparkles Gemstones Festive Selection to the top left card and to the sentiment die-cut to finish the card.
Exhibit A: The brayered and sanded background.

Now that I've told you all about this card, I'll also mention that I'm playing along with the 2020 Cat Lovers Blog Hop and will be entering this card in in it. If you love cats and if you don't, you should, check out the entries on the link above. Additionally, there are great prizes to be had from some wonderful sponsors (Darkroom Door, whose Grid Background Stamp was used for my card, is one of them.). 


  1. This is hysterical! That stamp is so wonderfully grumpy and funny at the same time. Terrific coloring and cute card.

  2. I can't tell you how much I love this cat with the balloon! OMG this is the perfect Halloween card, and all my friends would get this joke too! Thanks for some fun inspiration and for being a part of the Cat Lovers Blog Hop!
    Warm Hugs,
    Michele K. Henderson

  3. Wow, what a fantastic card this is! Love the clown cat and the expression on his face. Love the chain square die, too! Great
    design and really fun.

  4. He sure does look like a moody cat! The expression on his face is fabulously grumpy and being dressed as a clown he makes a perfect Halloween card too. Great to see your creations at the Cat Lovers Hop this year. xx

  5. I love this, it takes Grumpy Cat to a whole new level! Fab background too,

  6. Weeell, I think your clown kitty is awfully cute holding onto his little red balloon! Beautifully shaded and great background! Happy hopping with Cat Lovers

  7. CUTE! Don't think I have ever seen a clown kitty before! Course all four of my kittens are clowns everyday! :)

  8. OMG! That Cat Clown is so funny! Your card makes me smile!!

  9. That is one wacky looking cat! Nice colouring too! This clown cat is sure to make the recipient's day a little brighter!

  10. Such a super-fun card! I love the beautiful blended grid background and that goofy image!! Great coloring. Thank you so much for joining in the #2020CatLoversHop!!

    (BTW...the thumbnail link on our Hop page for this card is a dead-end, for some reason. We have to search your blog to find it. Between New Blogger and InLinkz, things are bound to get messed up, but you might try editing your link to this page address. Thanks!)
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  11. FURRtastic kitty cat make! Still time to enter your Halloween makes in my 31 Days of Halloween hop!
    Happy Creating & Stay Safe!

  12. LOL! The look on that kitties face is so funny! Such a bright and whimsical card! Great job coloring the background and the image!

  13. Awesome card! Love the clown costume on the cat!

  14. Love this fun card! Awesome colouring!

  15. Oh my goodness, this is such a crazy cat image...and SO darn fun!

  16. Kathi, This looks exactly the way my cats would glare at me if I tried dressing them for Halloween! lol Thanks for the laugh. BTW, there's an error in the link up to this post. I don't know if you can fix it on the Cat Lover's Hop but if you seem to have a limited number of comments on it, that may be because people are having trouble finding it. :-D

  17. Oh my--I didn't even recognize this as a cat.