Gold Embossed Cats

Hi there, Bibi here with a few quick, easy and fun techniques for you to try out!

I became so inspired by Judi Kauffman's Fifteen Cats the other day that I whipped up a few of my own. 


All my cats are embossed with gold on watercolour paper. Some of them are coloured in using watercolour pencils (top row), which gives you control of the colours, and some are sprayed with ink (bottom row) on wet watercolor paper - which gives you less control, but it's fast, cool, and ridiculously easy! 

When I use watercolour pencils, I like to scribble some colour on the side of the paper and pick colour up with a waterpen or paint brush. That way I can also mix the colours before adding them to my stamped image.

This is what my sheet of ink sprayed cats looked like before I cut the images out. I love how the colours mix and blend together, usually in a very surprising manner leaving some interesting patterns. I like letting go, having little or no control of what happens with the colours when they take on a life on their own.

I also spray inked a sheet of watercolour paper that I used to cut out these swirls (a Tim Holtz die):

Watercolour cats and more ink sprayed swirls. The sentiment is stamped on some left over paper from the swirl sheet.

I found this piece of pink dry embossed cardstock with hearts in my box with scraps. The bright green piece above it was white cardstock that I coloured with the same watercolur pencil I had used on the cat's eyes and the stars. The small black circles are made with an office hole punch.

All the stamps used on these cards are from Rubber Dance. 
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Anonymous said…
Bibi, those cats are adorable. Thank you for showing the process. And I promise, I won´t tell your dog :-)
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you so much! :-D (My pooch could easily get jealous ...)
TwinkleToes2day said…
Wowzers Bibi! I love them all and totally appreciate the 'recipe'. I am itching to do some cat cards, but have been tied up with doing some 'normal' anniversary cards. Pretty, but not MESSY fun, lol. Soon, I keep promising myself, soon ;)) xox
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you very much, Twinkle! Normal and pretty cards can be fun, and I hope you get time to have some messy fun soon, too! I made a wedding card yesterday. Turned out pretty, but my fingers were CLEAN! *gasp*
great colors on your cards. I love the bright and cheerful kitties.
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you! I love bright colors like these, which is a bit funny since I'm also very fond of browns and earth tones, the quite opposite.
Pamikins said…
Bibi, these cat cards are awesome. Please tell me you saved those luscious scraps from between the squares for tags, inchies or atc's. I'm sure there are several crazy cat ladies who would be tickled pink to get one of these beauties. Hugs, Pamikins
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you, Pam! I did indeed save all the scraps, and I also cut out some circles in two different sizes from some of them and saved those scraps, too! Not that I couldn't whip up a new sheet of that background paper in seconds, but you know... some scraps are just tooooo pretty to toss! ;)
Anonymous said…
I'm loving that cat. Great idea to spray ink them and then cut them out.
Pamela said…
Great cards and I love the spray inked watercolor paper!
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you, Boo! It's such a fun and easy technique!
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thanks, Pamela! Give it a try if you haven't! :)
wunderschön sind die alle!
Judi Kauffman said…
Wonderful projects, Bibi. Aren't you glad you whipped up a big batch all at once? I think a messy method like that would make little sense if you only worked on one card at a time, but then I always like a bountiful outcome, no matter what technique I've chosen.
Bibi Lindahl said…
Danke schön, Susi!
Bibi Lindahl said…
Thank you, Judi! And thank you for the inspiration that led me to make these! It does indeed make more sense to make a batch than just one while I'm at it, and once I bring out those ink sprays nothing can stop me! :)
Cataleya said…
Oh! Dear Bibi, I love this sweet Night cat stamp so much and I also love what you create with it! Your cards look so cool! Thank you so much for sharing this technique! I never made something like that and you inspired me so much!!! :) xox
~Olga Kovalchuk
Unknown said…
Thank you very much, dear Olga! I am very happy when what I make can be of inspiration to other people!! :-))))

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