The last Christmas card of the year and one of my favourites. One of my other half’s nieces got a new kitty cat earlier this year and she has turned into a self-confessed crazy cat lady and absolutely adores Tommy. So, when I came across this digi stamp I just had to try and turn it into a kitty portrait. But first I had to do a bit of digital editing: the original digi isn’t a Christmas stamp and has hearts around the edges rather than stars.
Tommy has taken to exploring the Christmas tree, so I made a fir tree pattern behind the kitty. I kept the colouring of the present simple, adding texture on the red with the very tip of a 0 marker and tiny dots on the ribbon. I looked at all the photos and video clips of Tommy that I could find to get his tabby colouring right, and finished it off with a bit of texture on the fur using my Polychromos pencils.
I was so pleased with how it turned out, and it seems that I did a good job with the markings. We got a call as soon as it was delivered: “it’s got a cat on it… it’s got MY cat on it”. She was so happy and that absolutely made my day.
I hope you’re all having just the type of Christmas that you’d hoped for. For us that’s a quiet day with good food, presents, and talking with family.
background tree – YG03, YG93, YG17, G07, G29
present – R39, R46, R27, 0
ribbon – YG05, YG03, YG01
kitty – W00, W1, W2, W3, W5, W7, W9, E31, R000
101 white, 271 warm grey 2, 273 warm grey 4, 275 warm grey 6, 178 nougat
- digital stamps:
Lili of the Valley – kitten present trio
Sakura Glaze – black
Copic multiliner – cool gray – 0.1
Molotow liquid chrome marker – 2mm
- paper and card:
Neenah solar white 216gsm
Papermill Direct – pearlised grey