A picture can only show so much – distinctly missing from this one is the pearlescent shine of the background and the soft, fuzzy feel of the blue velvet cat and spine. You’ll have to use your imagination to appreciate the full effect!
To make the cat, I first printed a copy of the cat silhouette in the size that I wanted it to be on the card. Then I cut out the printed cat to make a stencil and used it to draw the cat in reverse on the inside of the card. I then cut the cat shape from the card with an X-acto knife.
The next step was to lay the blue velvet paper face-down over the cat-shaped hole on the inside of the card and press the paper into the hole around the edges. A strip of gold ribbon slipped underneath formed the collar. The cat shape went back into the hole over the velvet layer, and I added glue and tape to hold everything in place. Then I added a thin, white sheet to the inside to cover all the layers. Adding the strip of velvet paper to the spine was much easier.
The last step was to add the embossed gold butterfly, which was a challenge on the glossy paper. I used my stamp-a-ma-jig (I LOVE that tool!) to keep the stamp from sliding around on the paper. I also had to use q-tips to remove embossing powder that was hanging on with static cling. The double-layer front warped a bit in the heat when I set the embossing powder; I’m hoping it will lay flat again after I press it between some heavy books…