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I have missed sharing inspiration with you. I'm finally feeling better after a tough winter. Nothing serious, but I've been catching one thing after another since October. That comes spending time with our preschool grandchildren and our granddaughter who just entered kindergarten this year. Lots of germs to spread to grandma. I'm praying for a nice healthy spring and remaining 2023.
Today I'm sharing a sweet card created to celebrate our granddaughter, Avery's sixth birthday. While this may seem to be an unusual card for a six year old, she is a sweet old soul. Last year I made an adorable, age appropriate card for her. She glanced at it and set it aside. She adores the shabby chic creations I make and always asks if she can have one of them when it's time for her birthday. She has a cat she named Elpha and adores felines, so I combined her love of cats with my shabby chic style to create this card for her featuring the Amazing Paper Grace Postage Edge Ovals die set (S5-548). And yes, this card got more than a single glance from her.
This older Raining Cats & Dogs paper from Graphic 45 included dog images, so I needed to be creative in placing some of the elements to hide those pups. I used an oval die from the Postage Edge set to die cut the striped cat that covers a dog by the girl's shoulder. A creative way to showcase the dies and create layers on the card that look natural while bringing together the cat theme.
I used a mix of Prima Marketing and Little Birdie flowers paired with die cut foliage from the Petite Floral Potpourri die set (S3-420). A little inking on the leafy foliage helps it pop.
The birthday sentiment is stamped and die cut using the Lyrical Layered Florals Clear Stamp & Die Set (SDS-170). I just adore how this elegant birthday sentiment looks on this card.
For more close-ups and all the details on how to create this card, be sure to scroll down through the Tips and Techniques section below.
Thank you Amazing Paper Grace for providing the dies used in this project.
Tips and Techniques
I just adore creating layers and the Postage Edge Ovals set (S5-548) is perfect for this. The larger oval is popped up with foam tape. The edges are inked with coordinating distress ink colors.
This gorgeous butterfly is an older Renea Bouquets creation. If you are not familiar with her unique and gorgeous embellishments, be sure to stop by her shop HERE. I'm a big fan of her creations and adore supporting fellow artists.
Here you can see the gorgeous birthday sentiment. The Lyrical Layered Florals Clear Stamp & Die Set (SDS-170) includes the stamp and die to create this beauty along with other lovely designs. You can see how the layers come together so beautifully.
I've layered die cuts, chipboard elements, flowers and foliage cut from the Petite Floral Potpourri die set (S3-420) to create dimension.
Cats, cats everywhere! The C is for Cat adds a bit of whimsey to the card to make it a bit more youthful for a six year old.
You can see how I've inked the edges of many of the layers to help them pop.
Texture is created by adding a mix of white and teal Prills using matte gel medium along with a few Matte Gold flat backed Pinkfresh Studio Pearls.
Below you can find the products I used to create this project including some with compensated affiliate links to Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders. These links are at absolutely no cost to you. When you shop through the links below, I receive a small commission from the companies. These commissions help me cover the costs of my blog and other expenses, which allows me to continue to provide you with FREE inspiration along with detailed Tips and Techniques provided for every project. Thank you so much for your love and support!
Amazing Paper Grace Sets
Graphic 45 - Raining Cats & Dogs (Retired)
Prima Marketing - Cigar Box Secrets (Retired)
Prima - Finnabair - Soft Matte Gel
Little Birdie Crafts - Beaded Blooms - Butter
Little Birdie Crafts - Micro Petals - Tan
Prima Marketing - Cigar Box Secrets #578626
Graphic 45 - Chipboard - Raining Cats & Dogs
Renea Bouquets - Butterfly
US ArtQuest - Mini Prills - Mini Pearls; Sage Advice
Beacon - 3-IN-1: Fabri-Tac
Spellbinders - Platinum 6 - Die Cutting and Embossing Machine with Universal Plate System - New and Improved - Scrapbook.com
Thanks so much for stopping by to check out this sweet shabby cat card I created for our granddaughter. I hope you've been inspired!