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Alley Cat Cards

While perusing Facebook, I saw a post today that caught my eye. The only Facebook card groups I am still apart of are JOANN Loves Papercrafters and a handful of Melody Lane and Cricut groups. The Anna Griffin Facebook groups are too filled with toxicity from the various mods. Today on Joann's, Anthony M showcased a fantastic blending technique with a bricks embossing folder using Distress Oxide. You can watch his full tutorial here

Blending always looked like next level work. It's something I've avoided for about five years since I started my papercrafting journey. Today, thanks to Anthony, I took the plunge and invested in some distress oxides and an assortment of blending brushes. I used a variety of colors but the main stamp and die set I used were Tim Holtz's Cat Chat. All the coloring of the stamps were done with Copic Markers.

I made four cards and assembled them after an assortment of sketches found on a variety of blogs. So without further ado:

The simple sketch of the day came from Tuesday Morning Sketches:

And here's my interpretation:
I used an assortment of blue oxides for the background and two different Cool Greys for the cat.

Over on My Favorite Things, they offered this slightly trickier sketch:

And here's my interpretation of that sketch:
I used only one red distress oxide. I also used miscellaneous scraps from my craft box for the cut outs. The one cat was colored with a rose Copic marker, while the other cat is a mix of yellow and rose. In between the cracks I colored in with white color pencil to make the background pop more.

Atlantic Hearts made me think about what I made, and I ended up cutting up my paper to fit this sketch:

Here's the result:
Here I blended earth tones for the background and used a tan Copic Marker.

Finally, I am waiting for approval from Outlawz, so I can showcase their sketch:
Once approved, I will be submitting this card:
Rather than two dots around the sentiment, I offset it with two little fishbones.

And here's the whole collection:
The process was definitely time consuming, but the cards look absolutely gorgeous. I also enjoy the process of blending. I look forward to getting my toes even wetter with distress oxides in the very near future.

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Comments

  1. Such a fun set of cards! So glad that you took the leap into playing with Distress Oxides, it is amazing all of the things you can do with them. Love all of your kitty themed cards! Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

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  2. Your cards are delightful! It is so fun to see how you can take one stamp set and and similar supplies and create such a variety. Great work. Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week.

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  3. Thank you so much for mentioning me and posting a link to my tutorial as well . Love how your cards came out as well .

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  4. Love your cards! I love how you took the same supplies & made 4 completely different cards with them. And thanks for sharing the link to Anthony’s YouTube. I’m off to watch it now!

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  5. Wow! These are all wonderful!!!
    I'm off to check out that tutorial!
    Thanks for playing along this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches
    Debbie - TMS DT
    Debbie's Dash of This and That

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  6. Fun cat cards! Thank you for joining us at Tuesday Morning Sketches.

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  7. These all turned out WONDERFUL Danny!!! Thanks so much for creating with us this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches!! Hope to see you participate again real soon!!

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  8. Fabulous collection of fun cat cards. Your ink blended backgrounds are lovely - would not have known that you were "new" to this technique. Great job of following our sketch. Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

    sue n.

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  9. All of the cards are fabulous, they are all so fun and that cat is just great. Super job on all of the cards! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC
    crzy4scrapbooking.blogspot.ca

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