It’s Christmas Eve! For a year that seems to have crawled along unbearably slow, this day seems to have arrived quickly! I hope that you’re prepared for your holiday, however you may (or may not) be celebrating. We won’t be having our usual family dinner this year. Instead we’ll be celebrating in our separate houses, so that next year we can all be safely together again, hopefully sooner than later! Today’s card is the adorable single caroling cat image from Colorado Craft Company’s Kittens & Mittens stamp set.
KITTENS & MITTENS
When Colorado Craft Company released this new line of stamps, my heart just melted! They feature they beautiful drawings of Anita Jeram. In case you don’t already know, Anita Jeram is the talented illustrator, probably best known for the best selling children’s book by Sam McBratney, called Guess How Much I Love You. I needed to make a slimline card to tuck some cash into, for a Christmas gift, so I settled on the single kitten image from the Kittens & Mittens set.
The other large image stamp in this set is 3 kittens together, 2 of them holding mitten covered paws. I like to think this one, above, is holding a music book, and is caroling! That’s how I coloured it, anyway.
Mask off the bottom third of a piece of white cardstock. Next, blend on Broken China Distress Oxide ink around the edges of the top two-thirds. Now, blend on Chipped Sapphire ink on the very edges. To create the snow drifts, lightly blend on the Broken China ink, moving and angling the paper mask as you go.
Next, stamp the kitten in Nocturne ink, lining up his feet so he’s standing in the snow. Use your favourite colouring medium; I chose to use alcohol markers; a combination of Copic and Spectrum Noir Illustrator.
To create the falling snow, ink up that stamp with Versamark ink, and stamp across the top. Now, mask off the heaviest ‘snow’ at the top of the stamp, ink again in Versamark, and stamp again – removing the mask off the stamp first! Cover the stamped snow with white embossing powder, and set with a heat tool.
Stamp the sentiment, also from the Kittens & Mittens stamp set, in Nocturne ink on a small strip of white cardstock. Now, layer the pieces together over dark blue cardstock, and onto a lighter blue card base.
Use a white gel pen to add a few highlights to the image, and you’re done!
ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY
However you’re spending the next few days, I hope that you are safe and well! Treat yourself to the warmth and love not just of the season, but also these adorable stamps featuring Anita Jeram’s drawings, from Colorado Craft Company. Whether you choose Kittens & Mittens, or some of the new line for the new year – have fun!
I’ll be taking Christmas Day and the weekend off, for some down time, and more creative time. Merry Christmas, my friend!
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