Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Happy Purrthday!

 It's Tuesday which means it's time to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my teammates and I are showcasing wonderful products by Carabelle Studio. Since (a) I always need birthday cats and (b) I'm a crazy cat lady, I decided to create a postcard style card with Carabelle Studio's My Stamp Rubber Cling Stamp, the Kooky Cats Cling Rubber Stamp Set, and the Little Kooky Cat Rubber Stamp. I also used the Regal Frame Red Rubber Cling Stamp by Darkroom Door and Purrfect Day Clear Stamp Set by Heffy Doodle.

Here's my card which was inspired by the famous painting, American Gothic! 

Topflight Stamps Products Used:

PSA: There are loads of wonderful new products available at the store. You should go take a look! I bet you'll find something you want and/or need.

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest® Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Blue and Beige Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Gold cardstock scrap from the stash
Tuxedo Black Memento™ Ink by Tsukineko®
Black Soot Distress® Ink by Tim Holtz® for Ranger Ink
Copic® Markers: 
C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7, W1, W2, W3,W4, B21, B91, B93, B95, Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, E40, E41, E42, E43, E57, E74, E77, R22, R24, R37, R81
Clear Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous!®
VersaMarker™ by Tsukineko
Stamping Platform
Post-It Notes® by 3M
.3 and .5 Multi-liner Pens by Copic®
P-Touch Desktop Label Maker by Brother International
Nameplate by QuicKutz

  1. Create a 7" x 5" card from blue cardstock. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the Regal Frame onto white cardstock.
  3. Adhere Post-It Notes around the inner edges of the frame, covering the frame itself.
  4. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp both of the Kooky Cats.
  5. Use the multiliner pens to add any missing parts of the cats. 
  6. Use the multiliner pens to add the house in the background.
  7. Remove the Post-It Notes and use Copic markers to color the frame, the cats, and the background.
  8. Fussy-cut the frame and use a dark marker to color the white edges.
  9. Use the VersaMarker to add embossing ink to the frame. 
  10. Add embossing powder, dump off the excess, and heat set. 
  11. Repeat Steps #9 and #10 to create a dimensional glossy surface on the frame. Set aside.
  12. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the empty postage stamp onto white cardstock.
  13. Repeat Step #3, this time covering the outside of the postage stamp.
  14. Use Tuxedo Black Memento ink to stamp the Little Kooky Cat.
  15. Remove the Post-It Notes and color the image with Copic markers.
  16. Use Red Chili Prism ink to stamp the postmark onto the postage stamp image.
  17. Fussy-cut the postage stamp and edge with a dark marker.
  18. Cut a piece of beige cardstock to 6.75" x 4.75" and use magnets to secure it to the base of the stamping platform.
  19. Position the two sentiment stamps face down onto the beige cardstock.
  20. Press the stamp platform lid onto the back of the stamps and lift.
  21. Ink the sentiment stamps with Onyx Black VersaFine ink and stamp. Repeat if necessary.
  22. Remove the stamps.
  23. Position the fussy-cut colored postage stamp where you want it.
  24. Place the postmark stamp facedown onto the postage stamp.
  25. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the back of the stamp and lift. 
  26. Remove the stamped image.
  27. Ink the postmark stamp with Red Chili Prism ink and stamp.
  28. Remove the background panel from the stamping platform and edge with Red Chili Prism ink.
  29. Use label maker to create the title for the framed cats.
  30. Use QuicKutz nameplate dies to cut gold cardstock scrap.
  31. Apply the title label to the bottom nameplate die, then adhere the other one overtop.
  32. Adhere the framed cat stamp to the image panel as shown.
  33. Adhere the nameplate to the bottom of the frame as shown.
  34. Adhere the postage stamp so that the postmark cancellations line up with the ones on the background panel. 
  35. Add some smudges of Black Soot Ink to the background panel.
  36. Adhere the card front to the reserved blue card.
  37. Add two red rhinestones to either side of the nameplate to finish the card.
Thanks for visiting today!


  1. This is absolutely amazing Kathi! I've followed all of the steps in my head and you make it seem so simple lol. This is so full of wonderful details, and all these different stamps that work perfectly together, but my favourite part is your hand drawn barn, beautifully done! Take care and have a great week, Sue xx

    1. Thanks so much Sue. I sometimes wonder if I go into too much detail and/or make sense when I write my instructions!

      Bwa ha ha about the barn. I went through the male cat's ear and part of his face with one of my lines, which is what made me decide to nix the pitchfork.