Friday, October 3, 2014

Here Kitty Kitty

©Michele Emerson-Roberts  2014


I love October! Fall colors, cooler weather and one of my favorite holidays, Halloween. I’m not into witches and goblins but black cats are great. We have a wonderful black kitty named “Bitty”, who we rescued from under our porch 13 years ago. She is precious and rules the roost, keeping the two dogs in line at all times. My card today honors Bitty and all the kitties in our lives.


Supplies:

  • Any of the Arnold Grummer™ paper making kits
  • Molds:  R320 Cat With Heart (available from AG)
  • Microwave, heat gun or a sunny window
  • Blender, small strainer, cello sponges and soft towels, paper cutter, scissors, bone folder
  • Beacon Quick Grab™ and ZipDry™ Adhesives, double sided foam tape or dots
  • Scraps of yellow paper (think colored junk mail, etc.)
  • 1 sheets of black 8 ½ x 5 1/2” cardstock
  • Envelope for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card (or use the AG template to create a matching envelope)
  • Dies: Stamp Doctor Center Step Card, Cheery Lynn Chasing Rainbows Doily
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur™ Machine
  • Punches: small cat foot print
  • Bow EasyTM
  • 12” yellow 1/8” satin ribbon
  • Small flat backed yellow heart cabochon
  • Fine tip black Sharpie™ marker, yellow gel pen

Instructions:

  1. Follow the direction for paper making and casting found in any of the Arnold Grummer paper making kits or books to make slurry from the yellow scraps.
  2. Cast one (or more) of the cat molds.
  3. Dry the castings in the microwave, with the heat tool, or place in a sunny window.
  4. Create a sheet of yellow handmade paper. Allow the paper to dry.
  5. Cut one yellow doily.
  6. Cut two strips of yellow scrap to go behind the punched foot prints. (Save the scrap for another project.
  7. Cut one of the center step cards from the sheet of black card stock.
  8. Fold the card and use the bone folder to get a good crease.
  9. Punch kitty foot prints along the outside edges and the two bottom corners of the center step card.

Assemble the card:

  1. Carefully color the kitty with the black Sharpie™ marker.
  2. Tie a tiny bow with the yellow ribbon.
  3. Attach the bow and the heart cabochon at the neck of the kitty.
  4. Use the ZipDry™ adhesive to attach the yellow strips behind the kitty foot prints and to attach the doily to the center of the card.
  5. Use double sided foam tape or dots to attach the kitty casting to the center of the doily.
  6. Write a Happy Halloween message inside the card with the yellow gel pen.




1 comment:

  1. Tell you what, Michele, your design is perfect for Halloween but just imagine in other colors for an Animal Shelter event or fund raiser. This is a terrific design! If we knew someone who works at a shelter we could find out if making these for them could be a gift shop item, or thank you card for large donations ;-)

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