30 May 2018

Study Buddy - embossing and die cutting

What better study buddy than a kitty with a book? My card was made for the son of a friend who has graduated from middle school and is going on to high school next year. Good things are coming his way!

This card features an adorable kitty from Newton's Nook, three embossing folders, Krafty Kolor inks, and a sentiment (inside) from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

Putting It Together

A friend's son graduated from middle school and is going on to high school next year. She asked her friends if they would be willing to make him cards as encouragement. His new school colours are green, black, and white, so I used them on my school inspired card.

I started with embossing a panel of soft finished white cardstock with one of the newer embossing folders in my stash.

I used a Dollar store brush to add some green ink to the panel. I used the cheap brush because Krafty Kolor is a hybrid ink that dries pretty rapidly and I didn't want to stain my Clarity brushes. I didn't have a stipple brush handy, so I used a Dollar store one.

I get a 5-pack of soft brushes for $1.50 (Canadian) so I don't feel bad if/when I trash them. I use them for glue and other stuff that doesn't wash out well. I also use them for things like brushing away errant embossing powder when the brushes are still soft and unspoiled. Truly handy.

I like the mottled effect I got with brushing on the ink. I was intending to just hit the embossing, but.. well... I hit background, too, in my quickie brushing. But, I like it and I'll use this technique again. The brush didn't even fare badly. The ink is light and didn't clog the bristles.

While pondering what to do with the embossed panel, I checked for challenge updates and saw the sketch for the Inky Paws. Hmm.. thinks I.. this would make a nice layout for the card. I thought about the Newton's Nook stamps in my stash (including the freebie digis available on the challenge blog) and immediately thought of the kitty with glasses and a book. I didn't intend to use the same set for 3 challenges in a row, but it fits.

I stamped the kitty in black on white and trimmed it with a circle die. I die cut two fishtail strips (finally using more than just the smallest one of that set *laugh*) and then embossed them for more texture and dimension. I dry fit them together with a strip of diagonal striped paper and black and white cotton twine. The look hit all the right notes for me so I put it together.

I tied the twine in a small bow and adhered everything flat to the card base for easier mailing.

Inside, I used a strip of the striped paper to embellish the bottom and added a sentiment. Paper airplanes remind me of classrooms for mischievious reasons.

I popped the card in the mail at lunch today. It's going to the US so it might not get there for a few days. I hope he likes it.



Inky Paws: #73 Sketch
Fab 'n' Funky: For a Child
Creative Moments: Animal
Crafter's Cafe: Creatures Great and Small
Crazy 4 Challenges: Graduation
Always Fun Challenges: Graduation
Simon Says Stamp Monday: Masculine
Tuesday Throwdown: Make Your Own Background
Crafting from the Heart: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes


  1. Aaaw this is a really sweet kitty - I would appreciate this study buddy :) I do like your embossed background too - that colour is lovely and delicate whilst connecting the background with the foreground,

    Thanks for sharing your animal creation with us at Creative Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  2. What a great card! The embossing looks fabulous, and Newton looks great! Thanks for sharing this darling card with us at Inky Paws Challenge!

  3. Fabulous card, so well put together. So glad that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Always Fun Challenges. Good luck hun and do come back again!
    Jackie DT @AFC

  4. Love the way you turned the sketch.
    Thanks for Linking to the Inky Paw's Challenge.

  5. Lovely card and I adore that embossed background, it's fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing and for playing along with us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog... x

  6. I bet he loves it. Thanks for joining the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. Look forward to seeing more.

  7. Love that Kitty :) So sweet! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

  8. Lovely card, I really like the embossed inked background. Thank you so much for playing along with the Inky Paws Challenge this time, hope you join us for the next one too. Hugs, Zsofi

  9. Such a cute little card! I love that you flipped the sketch on it's side! It fits your elements perfectly!
    Thanks for joining us at Inky Paws!
    <3 Emily L.


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