Saturday 10 March 2018

2018 #4 Whimsy: Clever Cats with Cat's Meow Collection {by Liz Borer}

2018 Topic 4: Whimsy

Hello everyone. We are continuing with the theme of whimsy, and tonight it's a throwback to our Cat's Meow stamps from 2005, which are still in our catalogue today. These DL size stamp sets are jam packed with lots of fun elements. Liz does them justice beautifully ~ Leandra

Hello there , Liz back with a fun project using Cat's Meow Stamps.

I had to use the Cat and Cheese sets because I have three cats so these made me smile ! I've made three small items because my base was large enough to make some small pieces after I had made the main one and why waste the card ? 

Cat's Meow Collection: Cat (CMCT)

I've used mount board as the base of the project which I painted with a base coat of Nougat Chalk paint.

To create the background I swirled and rubbed paint onto the base coat with wet wipes. I wanted to create a random mottled effect. I started with Bora Bora and Tango, then Autumn Fire and Jade.
Finally I added more of the first two colours. I've used these four colours to paint everything else to make the colours tie together.

I mixed some Nougat into Autumn Fire and BoraBora to lighten them and painted some of the colour onto a scrap of bubble wrap. I then 'stamped' the bubbles  randomly over the background. Although it's very faint I used an oval stencil and a mix of Jade and Autumn Fire ( this creates a dark muted green, good for distressing the edges) to create a frame.

I then stamped cat paw prints around the frame.
I stamped the cat into the frame so his whiskers showed before adding a painted cut out cat  

I stamped most  of the images onto white card, painted them and then cut them out, because it would be difficult to paint over the background.
These film strips are created from the individual stamped image cut out and stuck to a strip of card. I stamped the images onto the 'film' and painted them before sticking them together. I've used the two orange paints for the cat (because I have a ginger cat !) and Antarctic and Lake Wanaka for the mice.

The muted green paint mix made a good colour to wash onto the film strip to darken it.
The strips were attached with dimensional glue. MEOW is stamped and embossed with gold powder and stuck in place.

To create  sign I stamped the top of the note stamp while masking off the bottom and then stamped the base of the stamp while masking the top. After painting I triple embossed the sign and added a painted stick.

I wanted the mouse to face the other way , so I stamped it on tissue paper and attached it to card with Matte Glaze before painting it with Antarctic and Lake Wanaka as before. He is then facing the correct direction to hold the sign !

 Here's the cats portrait, he's so happy !

'If only cat's could talk' 

This is made from the same background but using different images. The paw prints were stamped onto the background with light grey ink. The red heart was painted onto the sign with London Bus paint.

I had great fun with these little projects and I hope you enjoyed them too. 
 See you soon, Liz.

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In case you need a reminder of the stamps in the Cat's Meow Collection, designed by Marieke Blokland for PaperArtsy back in 2005 here are the images of the full series. You can buy them all unmounted or EZ mounted here from PaperArtsy.



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Helen said...

ha ha! I haven't seen these sets used for a good long time! Love how you've used them.

Elena said...

Oh my, i love this and love these stamps, they have a 70's feel to them

Etsuko said...

So pretty project and fabulous colours. Love them. xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Great use of the stamps Liz. Great colours too. Very inspiring! X

Kirsten said...

Great to see these stamps again, the projects are fab.

Keren Baker said...

Love the cat set- and love how you've put them into the film strip; so effective! Fab project! x

Corrie Herriman said...

Great project and I love those stamps !
Corrie x