20 September 2018

Christmas Kitty - gatefold, die cutting

Meow-y Christmas! This cute little kitty is all ready for Christmas cheer on a card featuring die cuts from Memory Box, Paper Smooches, and CC Designs with sentiments from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps and glow-in-the-dark Nuvo drops.

Putting It Together 

I decided to do a die cutting card because I didn't feel up to colouring last night. But die cut cards aren't really all that much easier, especially when I keep adding things to it. 

I wanted to make this as a gatefold so I needed to score my card for the front flaps to meet in the middle. I started with a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" panel of heavyweight cardstock (1/2 of an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet) and scored in from each side 2 1/8". This will make an A2 card, 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

I folded along my scores and laid out dies from the foundation of my idea. I hadn't yet broken apart the kitty die set.

I die cut the tree from a colour-core cardstock and used the texture pad to emboss the branches with the holes on the die. I then used the coarse side of a nail buffer to lightly sand the embossing and highlight the branches.

I die cut the kitty from black because my own kitty is black. I like to include him on kitty cards. I also die cut him from black fun foam so I could stack the die cut and give him dimension. I used a scrap of the green to put behind his eyes.

I also die cut a string of lights and a tag for the sentiment: Meow-y Christmas. The sentiment comes in one line in the stamp set, but I cut it in half so I can use the words stacked or catty-wombus like I did here. I dry fit everything to make sure everything works together.

To finish, I popped up the tree with foam mounting tape and used it to anchor the ribbon used to keep the gatefold shut. I clipped the light string in the middle and added glow-in-the-dark Nuvo drops. I also added a Liquid Pearls drop to the kitty's nose.

Inside, I added another die cut decoration and a die cut strip of the plaid. I also added a mouse from the kitty set. (The strip covers a boo-boo when I stamped the sentiment on the wrong side after embossing the sentiment on the front that I also later removed and redid because it was too low *laugh*)



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  1. All your efforts were worth it to make this very sweet card. I love all the detail and I know cat lovers who would love it too. Thanks for joining in at 52CCT

  2. Quelle jolie scene Rijacki, j'aime ce joli minet de noel, merci de jouer avec nous chez 52cct, biz

  3. Thanks for all your efforts that you have put in this, It's very interesting Blog...
    I believe there are many who feel the same satisfaction as I read this article!
    I hope you will continue to have such articles to share with everyone!

  4. Lovely use of dies - this is really effective with your black cat. Thank you for joining us at the Creative Moments Challenge. Leona xx


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