Saturday, 13 September 2014

Chase Your Dreams

Hello fellow crafters!

For today's card I wanted something bright and cheerful. Also, I haven't played with my Newton's Nook stamps nearly enough, so they had to be thrown in the mix.




I started by coloring the super cute cat with my Copics, then added clear Wink Of Stella to the balloon to give it some sparkle. It's also easy to fuzzy cut these stamps; if you leave a white border, it goes rather fast. For the background I used the Landscape Trio dies by Mama Elephant. Who doesn't love stitched borders? Some careful sponging with Distress Ink and voilĂ  - a sky!

Hint: I cut the same scalloped rectangle shape that the front panel is in from a piece of thin copy paper and then glued the cut up cloud panel on that paper, then adhered that to the card front. I didn't want to start puzzling the clouds together on the card itself because I was worried I might not get the alignment right (knowing myself, it would have been catastrophic) so I used that little trick.


As a sentiment, I picked one of the beautiful sayings from Altenew. I wanted it to dangle from the cat's balloon, but it was too big. I simply masked off the part I didn't need with a post it, stamped the first part onto the tag and the other part inside. The Wplus9 Timeless Tags 2 fit perfectly here. Some Judikins Iridescent embossing powder on top of the Versafine pigment ink and - sparkle!

The other half of the sentiment was stamped inside of the card. I thought that would be fun for the recipient: super funny card front and a very encouraging sentiment once opened up. Just a cute fit with the cat hanging on to the balloon, don't you think? :)


I mounted the little cat with foam squares to add dimension, fiddled a really long time with the twine to make it look good and spent ages to "properly" sprinkle my sequins across the card. I never get the "random" placement right the first time and rearrange my elements to make them look great. Not sure I always succeed, but it's fun :)

Thanks for stopping by!

14 comments:

Tanja said...

wonderful first post - thank you for your inspiration

Kate said...

Gorgeous card Julia love how you've me newton fly up and away in the clouds.
Kate x

Louise Doxey said...

Fab first post Julia! Love this cutie <3
Lou x

Lucinde said...

Beautiful card! And I saw that you still have the landscaping trio in stock!! Woohoo, I've searched so long for those dies. Can't wait 'till they're here :). (and a special thanks to Julia, I've found your store for the first time on her blog!)

Craftilicious said...

Great first project Julia - and with my favourite little puddy cat too ;-)
Tara

Blue Daisy said...

Love this Julia! Can't wait to see what comes next!
Tracyx

Sarah Gray said...

Super sweet card, Julia! Love the cloudy sky background for the cute cat :)

Julia Altermann said...

Thank you, Tanja!

Julia Altermann said...

Thanks, Kate! I ways have to giggle when I see that image. Newton looks so crazy happy, holding on to the balloon. And when I saw the Altenew sentiment, I just new they were a match made in crafting heaven ;)

Julia Altermann said...

Thanks, Louise! The bar is pretty high with this team, I hope I can keep up :)

Julia Altermann said...

So happy you found the store through my blog, Lucinde, and also some products you were searching for. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

Julia Altermann said...

Hehe, we cat people are a bit crazy, ain't we ;)

Julia Altermann said...

Thanks so much for making me feel welcome, Tracy. It's been so exciting to start on this team, now I can't wait to share more here on the blog :)

Julia Altermann said...

Thank you, Sarah! I only realized later that the sponging of the cloud die cuts accentuates the stitched lines, too. Now that made me even more happy :)