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It’s my pleasure to host the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC800) this week & the site I chose is Design Stack & their Pinterest Boards. I found THIS cute pic & used it for my inspiration.

For my card, I also have a fun & useful tutorial. It’s really simple & I’m a little surprised it took me this long to figure it out. This revelation actually came about because of a little accident & I had an “aha” moment when it happened.  My tutorial involves the mirror image little cat on the far left. But the best part is, not only is he a stamped mirror image of the cat on the right, he was also die cut using the same die. So after I colored & die cut the cat on the right & the 3 in the center, I really wanted a mirror image cat. I’ve done the mirror image stamping quite a bit so that part was easy. Since these are clear stamps, I reasoned that the back of a larger clear stamp would be the best choice for my mirror image. I will mention, right off the bat, a Misti is essential to this technique. So here’s what I did: (click on any pic to enlarge)



Up to this point is the normal process for mirror image stamping. The difference is since it’s in the Misti & I didn’t clean off the ink on the original image (that was the accident part), it stamped the image on both sides of the card stock.



This where the “aha” moment kicked in. Since it was stamped using the Misti, the stamped image is exactly in the same spot on both sides. I taped the die to the right (normal) side..the side the die actually fits.


Finished! I did 2 of these to show you the right side & the mirror side. With this little trick it’s now possible to die cut a mirror image. Yay! No fussy cutting! I will mention that I made sure to have a smooth surface (I used the metal shim under mine) for the mirror image (cutting side). Otherwise you’ll have ridges if your cutting plate is well used.

The background was stamped w/ the Color Fuse inks & another coffee set. Here are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 


Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Cats in Coffee Cups, Splatter Stains, Watercolor Bg set 
 Paper: Staples 110# white, chocolate brown, turquoise,X-Press It Blending Card
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse ink set #3, set #9
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangle Stitch dies, MISTI, Copic Sketch Markers, Crossover II


A big congrats to Kim, the newest Featured Stamper on Splitcoast! She has a fun little gallery & I chose THIS card to case. I kept most of the layout, but used different images, dies & colors & left off the designer paper.

For my card, I stamped & colored the calico cat, added the greeting then used a stitched circle die & a little out of the box to keep from chopping off his tail. I’ve never had a cat, but I don’t imagine they like it if you mess w/ their tails. On the turquoise layer, I stamped the coffee bean all over using the 2 darkest browns of the Color Fuse set #3 & used a water brush to drag the color into the bean just a bit. The brown layer was cut w/ the stitched hills & Calico cat was popped up a little using some fun foam.

Here are the Copics I used.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 


Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Coffee Cats set, Coffee Blanket
Paper:  Staples 110# white, chocolate brown, turquoise
Ink: Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse inks set #3
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangle Stitch, Circle Stitch  dies, Crossover II, MISTI, Copic Sketch Markerswater brush


For the Splitcoast Inspiration Challenge (IC775), we’re headed to the Eyelet Outlet. They have a lot of fun stuff & I chose THIS for my inspiration. Love all the coffee go cups!

I adore these new coffee cats from Rubbernecker. There’s also a matching die, but I didn’t use it for this. So cute! And the new background images are right up my alley because I love making my own backgrounds. For this card, I used the yellow, orange & cinnamon Color Fuse inks to sponge the gradient color down a white panel. Since it had so much ink on it, I used a heat gun to help dry it before putting it in my Misti & stamping the bg w/ the acorn Versaclair. The cute little coffee cat was also stamped w/ the acorn ink & I water colored it & added a ground line so it wouldn’t look like he was floating.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 


Supplies:

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps: Coffee Cats set, Wavy Lines Bg
Paper:  Staples 110# white, 90# watercolor
Ink: Rubbernecker Stamps: Color Fuse inks set #1 set #2, set #3, Versaclair acorn
Accessories:  Rubbernecker Stamps: Rectangle Stitch, Circle Stitch  dies, Crossover II, MISTI, watercolors, copper/white twine