Grateful for a Friend Like You

Grateful for a Friend Like You! Welcome to InKing Royalty’s November Blog Hop. This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GRATEFUL. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and we are grateful you’ve stopped by to see our projects. We are excited to share our Thanksgiving-themed or grateful-centered projects with you! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list – you will find the names at the end of my post.

Grateful for a Friend Like You

As I thought about the word “Grateful”, Thanksgiving, friends, family and health came to mind, but I decided not to make a project with pumpkins and leaves. I wanted to make a card to show appreciation to a true friend that I am very grateful to know. So, I flipped through stamp sets, and I landed on the cats from Nine Lives. Is there a better expression of gratitude and thankfulness for friendship than the sentiment “A friend like you comes around ONCE in nine lives”? It is perfect for my friend who is supportive through thick and thin. So, I started with the Nine Lives stamp set and the Cat Punch for the design of my card.

I played with the layout and orientation of the stamps, and finally decided on one of my favorite layouts that has Designer Series Paper (DSP) on the bottom and solid color card stock on the top, separated by a ribbon. I chose the Shaded Spruce and Gold Striped ribbon from the 2019 Holiday Catalog, so the paper and card stock selection was pretty easy. The layer of gold foil matches the ribbon. I started with black ink for the cat and the sentiment, but then decided to go glitz with Delicata metallic ink. After all, if the friend only comes around once in nine lives, she deserves sparkle and glam!

Grateful for a Friend Like You

Grateful for a Friend Like You

To begin, I made a card base of Shaded Spruce, 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, with the long side scored at 4 1/4″. I cut a 5 3/8″ by 4 1/8″ layer of Gold Foil Sheet, and made a 5 1/4″ x 4″ layer of Shaded Spruce card stock (2 3/4″) and green dotted Wrapped in Plaid Specialty Designer Series Paper (1 3/4″). I glued the dotted paper to the card stock, ensuring that the glued layer would be 5 1/4″. I then wrapped the ribbon around the layer to conceal the seam.

Grateful for a Friend Like You

The cat stamp from Nine Lives is used for a technique called two-step stamping. There are three cat stamps, and you use two stamps to create the final image. The result is a fuller, fluffier looking cat. A Stamparatus makes this technique pretty easy, but mine is in storage during a remodel, so I used acrylic blocks for both of the stamps. There was some trial and error, but by focusing first on the ears, I was able to get the images lined up. 

The three stamps for two-step stamping are below, each stamped separately. You can see that stamped alone, they are pretty sad looking, but together they bring smiles!! I used the two on the bottom row, starting with the one on the left, then layering the one on the right, matching the ears and the tail. For a long hair cat, you would use the stamp in the lower left first, then stamp the cat in the top of the picture. 

Grateful for a Friend Like You 

After I had an image I liked, I cut out the cat with the Cat Punch. The punch cuts off the whiskers, but the cat is still cute even after the haircut (!). I also had a lot of white space around the tail that I trimmed with paper snips.

I used Delicata metallic ink for the sentiment also. After stamping, I cut it with the Everyday Label punch, then dipped the edges into the ink. I love the look of the ink, but I found that it takes longer to dry than other inks, and even after it appeared dry, it smudged. Therefore, I advise that you use caution when handling your stamped images.

I glued the sentiment on the upper left corner of the card, and I adhered the cat on top of the ribbon with both Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. It is a simple card that could be used with lots of stamps and embellishments, and the gold gives this version a bit of sass and sophistication.

All of the products used to make this card are from Stampin’ Up! The Nine Lives stamp set, the Gold Foil sheets, inks, card stock and both punches are in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog. The ribbon, Delicata ink, and Designer Series Paper are from the 2019 Holiday Catalog.

Below are the products used to make this card. Click on each image to learn more about the product or to purchase in my online store.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  3. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  4. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  5. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  6. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  9. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  10. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping

Thanks again for visiting my blog site. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Stamping regards,

Linda K, The Stamp Coach