Are you ready for a new Christmas Craft Creations challenge? This month we’re asking participants to make shaped cards. The shape you use is entirely up to you! I was originally thinking of doing a circle card, but a lot of the design team did that so I thought I’d try to come up with something different. And as a bonus I used up something I’d made quite some time ago in the process, which also meant I didn’t have to overtire my wrist that’s still healing!
I decided it would be fun to make a mini cat shaped card, using the Your Next Stamp Cute Cat Bookmark die set. I already had this cute calico cat made. I actually created it two years ago and never got around to using it for anything. You can see how I made it in this video (don’t forget it’s two years old!):
In order to turn the cat into a card I had to die cut it again from some sturdy white card. I didn’t want the arms to be cut out for this backing piece, so I partially die cut first the legs, then the top of the cat, and then either side, being sure that the cutting plates did not cover the arm area at any time.
If you’d like more ideas for using these dies, check out this other (also old!) video I made:
With the backing piece cut I scored along the left hand side, then adhered it with double sided tape to the back of the decorated cat, turning it into a card base. I then realised I wanted to add a sentiment, which I should have done before adhering the pieces together. With the help of my MISTI I did manage to stamp a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp’s Christmas Cats with a red Hero Arts ombre ink pad.
I still wanted the card to look actually Christmas-y from the outside, so I used the coordinating Christmas Cats dies and die cut the hat without stamping it. I didn’t want the stamped lines as my cat doesn’t have lines. Instead I just used a red Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers to add colour to the hat, plus a little grey for dimension. I adhered the hat onto the cat, and the card was completed!
I really love how this mini card turned out. I think it would be fun to make a set of them with different animals. I actually did, when making those other videos, start creating other animals with the dies, experimenting with ways to stretch them and use them for more than what they’re intended. For example I made a pig, a seal, and had plans for others but apparently I forgot all about it and never made that third video. Anyway, I hope this inspires you to join in with our shaped card challenge. You can find more inspiration from the rest of the team on the challenge page, as well as directly on their blogs via the links below. I hope you’ll come and play along with us to be in for a chance to win this month’s prize!
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Art Impressions – To Die For
Christmas Craft Creations – Shaped Card
Christmas Kickstart Challenge – Festive Furbabies
Crafty Catz – Anything Goes and Optional: Not Square
Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas
Die Cut Divas – Holidays
Digi Choosday – Anything Goes
Get Cracking on Christmas – Anything Christmas
Check out what the rest of the DT made:
Charlotte (Lady Joyful) – that’s me!