Kitty's Secret Garden
by Michele K. Henderson
Hello Crafty Friends!
The past few days, it has been raining like cats and dogs, which is making everything super lush and green. That's how I know summer is right around the corner. Today I am sharing a card I created with summer in mind, and of course, it needs to have a kitty!
This was a super fun card to make too. I started out by selecting this pretty pattern paper from Memory Box's Springtime Bouquet 6 x 6 paper pack and used it as my background. I was thinking lush, green garden, focusing on shades of green, crisp white, and a little light tan and grey. I then cut the Adriana Square Frame in white and positioned it to make a diamond shaped window. Then I cut an assortment of Garden Leaves and Berries, and Orchard Leaves, in my color palette.
One of the things I love about Poppystamps is how easy it is to add and layer lots of die cuts from lots of different sets. There are no rules, so you can add as many leaves and as any colors as you like. Make a summer frame, or a fall frame, or a frosty white winter frame with berries, because it will ALL look beautiful!
Once my leaves and berries were cut and loosely organized, I then cut the Peek a Boo Kitty in light grey, and the word MEOW from the Poetic Uppercase Alphabet. I cut two letters each, one of green and one in black, then using a pair of craft tweezers, carefully layered the green letter on top of the black letter to create a "shadow" effect.
I know I just said there are "no rules" in design, but let me give you one of my most important design tips. Always think about the way color flows and sits. For example, in this project, I balanced the colors. If I used a dark green leaf at the top, I added one at the bottom. Think in groups of two and three. Once all my greens and tans and greys were balanced, I added one bright pop of blue from the tiny bird from the Greenhouse Potted Plants Sidekick Frame & Stencil Set. Once I was happy with my design, I glued it all in place with craft tweezers (which I use for EVERYTHING crafty), and added a few tiny foam circle pop dots, cut in half and quarters to fit and prop my frame, cat, and a few leaves up while still remaining hidden.
Summer is right around the corner, and so are the brand new bright and beautiful garden designs from Poppystamps! What will you create?
Thanks so much for joining us today!