This month marks the first anniversary of our sweet tabby Sherry coming to live with us! With the help of my girls, we created something to mark this special occasion: our Cat Stamped Watercolor Wall Art. Here’s how we made it.
- My Favorite Things I Knead You Clear Stamps
- My Favorite Things Die-Namics I Knead You dies
- My Favorite Things Black Licorice Premium Dye Ink Pad
- 4.5-inch Round Acrylic Stamp Block
- Watercolor pencils and small paint brush
- Xyron Creative Station
- Xyron 1.5-inch Sticker Maker
- Die Cutter (I used my Cuttlebug) and cutting plates
- 12×12 inch frame, paint, paint brush
Cut out a heart from light colored cardstock (I used cream), about 7×7 inches tall. Then, place your stamps onto your stamping block in a random pattern. Cover evenly with ink.
Then I added a little fish stamp into each of the dream bubbles, plus some other fish and mice to fill in some of the blank spots.
Now to add some color. I used watercolor pencils in different colors. First, color in the stamp.
Then wet a paintbrush to smudge the color and to give it a watercolor look.
All done with the heart!
My Favorite Things has dies that coordinate with the stamps, which you would stamp on after you cut them out. I thought I’d try some “watercolor” paper. I had the girls grab as many pencils as they could in their hands and just draw up and down over a piece of paper. This is my hand in the picture, with more pencils to even things out a little bit!
Then I cut the paper into smaller pieces to fit the dies, which I rolled through my Cuttlebug in the following sandwich (from bottom to top): A plate, C plate, dies (bumpy side facing up), paper face down, B plate. Note: I did this part, not my girls, since cutting is involved. Another note: I only needed one pass-through with these dies and they cut so cleanly! After I cut them out, I stamped each piece with its coordinating stamp.
Next, I figured out placement for the hearts and die cuts. I took my frame and placed the stamped heart along with a larger heart (a little less than 9 inches wide) underneath as a frame. Then I was going to just place a little row of the die cuts beneath the heart, along with an “I Love Mew” cut out in a rectangle (there are only die cuts for the images, not the words). But then, the girls asked if I could cut out more more more more more! And they started placing the die cuts everywhere. I finally convinced them to put the die cuts in a more orderly pattern. Mama may have rearranged some and removed some in the end, shhhh. I snapped a picture of our final arrangement with my phone.
Adhesive time! First, I ran my large heart through the Xyron Creative Station using the 9-inch refill.
Then I made some large double-sided foam tape. This is a technique that I have used a lot this year, so yes you could say I’m slightly obsessed with it! I love the 3D effect that it gives cards and wall art. So first, run some foam through the Xyron and give it a rub. Then peel off the plastic, and trim the backing paper down a little bit. Turn it over, and run it through again, to apply adhesive to the other side.
I really wanted the top heart to pop, so I layered four pieces of foam on the back of the heart, then centered that on top of the large heart.
Now to apply adhesive to the die cuts. I switched my 9-inch cartridge for a 5-inch one. It’s super easy to switch them, just remove the 9-inch, pop up that green lever you see at the very bottom, and slide in the 5-inch cartridge. The green lever is what holds the 5-inch in place.
I ran the cats and I Love Mew rectangles through the 5-inch cartridge. Note: for the smaller embellishments (the yarn ball and mouse), I used the Xyron 1.5-inch sticker maker.
Here they are, safe on the other side!
I popped a piece of 12×12 inch cardstock into the frame and centered the large hearts in the middle.
Then, referring to the phone pic, I started sticking the cats and other embellishments around the hearts. I used some rulers to keep things even.
I was so excited that I forgot to paint the frame. So I removed our art work and painted it a minty color. All done.
My girls definitely believe that “more is more”! I hope we didn’t go too overboard, but who could resist such cute kitties! This was such a fun crafternoon with them which I’ll now remember along with our first year with Sherry.
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