I love working with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Crazy Cats stamps and matching Sizzix Thinlits dies. The impressions on the cats' faces are so adorable, and colouring them is so much fun. Fuzzy cutting is not a problem for me, but with the matching dies you can speed up the boring cutting phase. And you will get more projects done! :D
I stamped and coloured several cats on one go, and am now using the die-cut images for quick-to-make cards. Here are two cards I made recently:
Both of these cards have watercolor paper as card base. I wanted to use watercolours but avoid the extra step of preparing the paper with clear gesso or such. Heavy watercolor paper was the easiest choise!
Once the watercolor was dry I decorated the backgrounds with stencilled patterns, using texture dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix Mixed Media Thinlits die set. For the below birthday card I die-cut also die-cut dark pink scribbles using *this* fun Tim Holtz/Sizzix set.
Here's my second Crazy cat card:
For this one I used heat embossing for adding some darker brown colour on the watercoloured background. I die-cut the pattern twice, but before removing the die I adhered two-sided tape on the background. When removing the die I pressed the scrap pieces on the tape, creating a nice pattern on the background. On those areas where the scrap pieces were removed I sprinkled brown Distress embossing powder. Double sided tape acted as embossing ink, making the heat-embossing so easy!
I still have a pile of cats on my crafting table, and I'm now thinking how to use them: Shall I make more cards, or will I use them for a cool art journal page? Stay tuned to find out! :)
Wishing you a creative and nice weekend!