Hello crafty friends!

Today it’s my turn over the Hello Bluebird blog and I have a PURRFECT inspiration to show you. If you have some cat lover friends, I’m sure this card is what you need to create!

I wanted to create a birthday card featuring a lot of the Nine Lives Stamp cats and I had the idea to create a sort of “striped-layout” like this one. I started from the customized “PURRFECT” sentiment, which lettes come from Charlie Alpha dies and measures 0.5″ each. I used a T-ruler to divide the 5.5″ wide card panel in 8 stripes which measure 0.5″ each and are divided by 1/8″ white border. I drew them with a pencil, then I carefully masked the borders and stamped the cats. I added to each one festive hats, which comes from Party on the Farm stamp and Word Buddies Jungle stamp. When I was happy with the result, I started coloring everything with the Copics listed below.

  • Grey cats: T4 – T2 – T1
  • Brown cats: E44 – E43 – E42 – E41
  • Siamese cat: E74 – E71 – E40
  • Black cats: T9 – W7 – W6 – W4 – W2
  • Orange cat: E99 – E97 – YR12 – E30 – E18
  • Red combo: R27 – R24 – R14
  • Pink combo: RV13 – RV11
  • Green combo: BG13 – G00
  • Yellow combo: YR24 – YR23 – Y35

I then decided to use a fineliner to define the edges of my striped windows and I moved into the sentiment of the card.

I die cut the letters I needed twice from Charlie Alpha Dies, I ink blended the upper edges with coordinating inks and I carefully glued down them under each cat. To complete the card, I stamped the big birthday script from Oh Happy Day Stamp (I really love that big word!) and I searched into my stash for a “have a” sentiments which would complete my design. The one I used here comes from the Sea Sentiments stamp, which I white heat embossed on some blackcardstock and I layered in the upper left corner.

And here’s the finished result!

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you will like the  inspiration!

Hugs from Italy,