Tuesday, April 7, 2015

VIDEO: Smart Kitty

Hello everyone, Joni here.

I am so excited to announce that I am illustrating for Wplus9 and happy to formally introduce my very first stamp set - Smart Kitty! And, there is a companion die available as well!

The Smart Kitty stamp set contains 7 Sentiments and 17 images.

The Smart Kitty Companion Die comes with 13 dies.

The images and sentiments in this set are perfect for school/graduation themed cards, but also versatile enough to work with many other themes, especially when combined with the other Wplus9 products you already have.

For this card I used watercolor (Distress Inks and Markers) to color this adorable kitty to try and achieve the fading of colors like the fading that we achieve from Copic coloring. In the video below, I show you how I achieve this look. To color these kitties, I prefer the #000 Round Cotman III by Windsor & Newton Watercolor brush. This small brush holds less water and is the perfect size for easily getting in all of the details on these images.

To begin my card I first stamped the kitty onto watercolor paper. I used Distress Ink in Crushed Olive to color in the ground using my paint brush. If you find you have too much water on your brush or on your paper, you can use a paper towel or dry cloth to soak up the excess water and then proceed to achieve the desired color you want. I usually let the paper dry a little bit to avoid mixing with other colors.

For the kitty, I used Distress Ink in Vintage Photo for the body and Walnut Stain for the spots. Remember to dilute your colors first with water as you pick it up with your watercolor brush and add more intensity of colors if you need to. Dab any excess water on your images with paper towel as you go or as needed to avoid puddling of colors.

Next, I stamped the stem with leaves from the set using the Distress Marker in Crushed Olive and for the rose image I used Worn Lipstick.

Don't forget, you can always make small adjustments to your stamped images if needed to fit your composition. I needed the stem on my rose to be just a little bit longer, so I used the pen tip of the Crush Olive Distress Marker to extend it a little - as if the kitty is holding the stem of the rose in its mouth.

For the background, I smooshed the the Peacock Feathers Distress Ink ink pad onto an acrylic block and added lots of water to dilute it. I used a flat watercolor brush to color the background, and used a paper towel to remove any excess water as I went along to get a very soft and faded look. Finally, I added some ink splatters using Wild Honey and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

Since I made this card for a friend I used the gorgeous sentiment from Lucky Stars stamp set and stamped with my all time favorite brown ink, PURE COLOR Coconut Husk dye ink to finish the card.

While we're her, I have one more card that uses the same technique. For this birthday card, I add a balloon using the Unforgettable stamp set.

For my sentiment, I used the Strictly Sentiments 5 stamp set along with the "Cool Cat" sentiment from Smart Kitty stamp set.

Wplus9 Supplies:

Stamps: Smart Kitty, Lucky Stars , Strictly Sentiment 5   Inks:  PURE COLOR in Coconut Husk dye ink 

Thank you so much for stopping by :)

Design Team Inspiration

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Giveaway Alert

I have a Smart Kitty stamp set and Companion Die up for grabs over on my blog! Be sure to head over there for all of the details and to enter!


  1. How cute! My youngest daughter loves kitties:) Love the cards!

  2. WOWOWOWOOWOW!! This is SUPER SWEET!! I LOVE it!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  3. Wonderful stamp set! Congrats! Your cards are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your coloring process.

  4. Super cute cat♥ thank you so much for sharing ♥

  5. Congratulations Joni on illustrating your first stamp set! I am super excited for you! Your cards are great and I really enjoyed your video. I will be looking forward to more of your work!

  6. Congrats! What a cute set AND I loVe thate it has dies you can get to go with it.
    Crafty hug,
    DesignsByDragonfly {blogspot}

  7. Oh these kitties are absolutely darling! Love this stamp set!


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