There’s a lot going on here, but I’m going to show you how easy it is to create the distressed background that forms the foundation for this luxurious card. Everything else just falls into place!
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There is nothing about this card that’s wimpy, starting with it’s 5×7″ size. It’s HUGE to allow for the image and sentiment banner.
This card goes all out with attitude, doesn’t it. Look at her. Seriously. Does she look worried about current events? I don’t think so. This precious princess owns the world and knows it. So rock your inner princess and be bold with your card.
Starting with this bottom layer, the embossed background layer. Does it look a bit different to you? It should. It’s distressed. And it’s so easy to do. Simply run the layer through your embossing machine (mine’s the Big Shot), then use your sanding tool to lightly sand the embossed surface. And that’s it. Yes, that’s IT. You now have a beautifully embossed, distressed background.
See, I told you it was easy.
Don't back down now
I used two contrasting colors of cardstock (and contrasting 1/8″ mats) behind the center panel, and that’s where the real fun began. But I’ll get to that in a minute. First, let me tell you about Miss Kitty.
Unfortunately, this digital stamp has been discontinued, but I’m sure there are other cat stamps out there, digital or not. Actually, almost any cat stamp would do, since cats look inherently spoiled anyway.
I colored her with Copics and texturized her fur with Colorless Blending Solution. I colored her “fainting” couch and used a Gelly Roll pen for the gold accents. Then I gave her some pink rhinestones for her collar. Because every princess should wear jewels.
I colored a very faint “shadow” under her couch as well as a very faint neutral shadow all around her to ground her in the white background. Yes, it still kind of bugs me because of all that white, but I’ll let it go this time. Somehow, it… works.
I edged the oval die cut with aqua ink, which contrasted with the white… wait for it…
ostrich feathers. Yep, I bought an ostrich boa at a craft store and pulled it apart and attached those itty bitty feathers to the back of this layer, piece by piece. Try as I might, those feathers floated EVERYWHERE in my craft room. But I got ‘er done. And they provided another textured background.
Finish with flair
The sentiment is also a digital stamp from the same (discontinued) set, but obviously you can create your own from any font. Fishtail the ends and edge it with the same aqua ink to contrast with the oval layer, then position it with depth.
In other words, attach one end, but don’t stretch the other end flat – push up on it a bit before you attach it to create a slight bridge-like effect. Then enhance the fishtail points with coordinating rhinestones.
Make a simple bow out of aqua satin ribbon and attach a small gold crown charm, and voila, a purrfectly mahvelous card for a purrfectly spoiled guest of honor. It’s enough to make any kitten purr with pleasure.
Plain just won't do for this type of card
Just look at that gorgeous textured background! Now it’s your turn. Try your hand at a distressed background and create a card for a spoiled special someone, then share it with us on Facebook. We’d love to see how you spoil your loved ones! (Or how they spoil YOU!) Come on, we all need it from time to time. (You know we do.)