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Famous Cat Valentine - Wine & Roses

My latest creation in my "famous cat" series of Whiskers the Cat cards is a Valentine I made for John. Once again I went to my stash of Funny Bones stamps for the greeting.

I used the Tags Pivot Card for the structure of the card. The patterned paper (Basic Grey Knee Highs from my stash) was cut into a 6" x 9" piece and then two 4.5" x 6" panels for the front and back of the card. I used the Seamless Backing Card Technique #1: Full Panels to create the pivot card with seamless backers.

Then I used the Agatha Edges to cut the right side of the card into a decorative edge and I also used a large corner rounder on the left corners.

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In the closed position you may be fooled into thinking that Whiskers (aka Garfield) is a very sweet cat. He has a big heart. He loves roses. But open the card and you get a sense for what he REALLY loves! Ha.

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The Agatha Edges die includes the matching flourish to fit the edges. I cut the flourishes from Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate to make die cutting a cinch.

To style Whiskers the Cat as Garfield I cut the detail layer from both orange and yellow cardstock, trimmed just the mouth area from the yellow one and glued it to the orange. I then used my ECD detail scissors to lengthen the cat's smile and add the smirk lines at the end. I also used the detail scissors to remove the ears and the fluffy fur from the detail layer. I ended up using two of the same ear when I reattached them to the top of Whiskers' head so they would be pointing in one direction like Garfield's ears. I added pen detailing for the stripes and freckles. 

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The ECD Rose die was perfect as a backdrop for the cat. I cut the detail overlay from Red Iris Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate, glued it to the solid piece, cut from red cardstock, and then filled in all the petals with Glossy Accents. The greeting is another great stamp from Funny Bones and John will find it hilarious and appropriate, since I do, in fact, love red wine!

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There are ten dies in the Tags Pivot Card set, so I really did have everything I needed for decorating the tags and adding greetings and a signature tag. For the signature tag I stamped "I love you" and embellished with the cute paper clip die that comes in the set. The paper clip is cut from the Shimmer Sheetz using the metal adaptor plate.

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If you're interested in my other "famous cat" cards you can check them out with these links:

The Cat in the Hat

The Cheshire Cat

Grumpy Cat

Kit Cat Clock

The new Pop it Ups dies are showing up in independent craft stores throughout the world, so give your local store a call and see if they have them in stock. Or here are some shopping links. The patterned paper was from my stash and the cardstocks (orange, yellow, white, red) were from my scrap drawer. I also added some red/white baker's twine and some beads at the end of the twine on the greeting tag. 

 

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