Recently have found myself making a lot of black and white cards…there is simply something so elegant about that color combo which is perfect for any occasion.

I wanted to make some generic note cards today and looked through my stamps to find a set that hasn’t been used for a while and I happened across the sweet set C is for Cat

Now what could be better than a black and white card featuring a beautiful black cat?

I made my card using Whisper White and Basic Black card stocks and I think that the result is clean, simple and striking.

I stamped my cat with Stazon Jet Black Ink – I love this ink for producing a crisp black image – and layered him onto a mat using Dimensionals to create a real picture frame effect.

That beautiful scalloped frame? Fun and easy to create using the Scallop Trim Border and Corner Punches that you can find on pg 200 of the Catalog.

If you’ve not made a frame like this before I have a free & printable tutorial showing you how to do it in easy steps – you can find that tutorial by clicking HERE

I added my ‘just a note’ sentiment using a stamp from the Hostess set Apple Blossoms (pg 12) and as a cute & elegant finishing touch added a Rhinestone Jewel to his collar…

You can find the stamp set C is for Cat on pg 74 – but if dogs are more your thing, you can also find D is for Dog on that page too!

You can create some fun looks using this cat stamp – you can leave him plain like I did above, add stripes with a Marker or for a very interesting look you can even make a two-color cat…

To do this you use two colors of ink such as black and brown and use sponge daubers to dab the ink onto your stamp – then stamp onto your cardstock – to see a card made using this technique click HERE

What is today’s card offering?

Want to purchase a pack of 10 of today’s “Black Cat” cards & envelopes, handmade by me as shown above?

They are beautiful and what a great pack to have on hand for when you need them.  Inside each card is a white cardstock mat for you to write on.

Your cards will be packaged in a clear box and in accordance with Stampin’ Up!’s angel policy, each card will have a copyright stamp on the back.

I have a choice of sentiments for you to choose for your cards, so take a peek below and select the one you would like – if you would like a selection of sentiments in your pack such as 5 Happy Birthday and 5 Thank You’s, click on ‘customise’ and drop me an email to let me know which you would like.

And then to check out, click ‘buy now’…

Choose your sentiment:

And finally onto my Tutorial Tuesday Blog Candy Winner…with paws or without paws, that was my question – and funnily enough opinions were pretty divided between the two – some like with and some like without!  I’m none the wiser but I think I’m steering towards with out!

And the winner is…comment no. 25…

Karen Rose on March 24, 2011 at 7:17 am who said:

I like the one without paws the best!   They are both adorable though!!! Great idea and thanks for sharing with us, I am sure I will be making them for my kiddos too! TOO CUTE!!!

Congrats Karen – contact me with your mailing address and I’ll get your goodies out in the mail to you.


Beautiful Black Cat…
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3 thoughts on “Beautiful Black Cat…

  • March 25, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Cute card. Love the rhinestone on the collar.

  • March 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

    As the proud person of a black kitty, I am very partial to this card! Perfect layout and I love the little rhinestone.

  • March 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

    I am not a cat person but this card is adorable. One of my goals is to make cards for the animal groups for fund raising. I adopted my basset hound from the Hounds Haven group here in the midwest – they are always having fundraisers, sales, and auctions. I am sure other humane societies would be too. I think this is something I could make for this purpose. Thanks for being able to click on to the “calico” cat card. I already have the D is for dog set so I might have to invest in the “C” set for cats for equal time. Besides, I have a friend with a black cat and I think she would love to have a sample card made first. Well, off to study the tutorials for maaking the punched border square to start with. Sorry, to ramble – I just was really taken with your card today. I just love visiting your blog!

    Chris R. from Iowa

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