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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

This card was made using several different graphics and my design for the card layout.  

Credit goes to the following people: 
  1. Nina J May for the Miss Kitty© digital image. She's amazing!  Please visit her and leave a comment on her blog at http://theresmagicintheair.blogspot.com/. She recently opened an online store to sell her wonder graphics. Stop by and see what she has to offer; you won't be disappointed! 
  2. The Graphics Fairy, an Angel Company, for the free vintage Ribbon Banner graphic (draped across Miss Kitty's arms). The Graphics Fairy has many vintage and unique graphics. Please stop by for a visit at http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/.
  3. To my sister, Karen Phillips, for the rainbow image she drew specifically for this card. She doesn't have a website but if you happen to know her, she is a wonderful person with great talent.

These are the supplies used:
5½"x4" pre-folded card (Michael's)
Miss Kitty© digital image (Nina J. May)
Free Vintage Graphic Ribbon Banner (The Graphics Fairy)
Rainbow digital image (Karen Phillips)
GelWriters (Costco)
Colored pencils (DollarTree)
White erasure (Dollar Tree)
Stampendous Fun Flock Cotton Ball White (Archiver's)
Quickie Glue Pen (Archiver's)
Elmer's Memory Book Glue Pen (Hobby Lobby)
Paper Studio Self-adhesive Gemstones (Hobby Lobby)
Stampabilities 'Happy Birthday' stamp (JoAnn's)
Stampabilities Pigment Ink Pad - Black (Hobby Lobby)
Scraps of paper for the rainbow
Lightbox - optional
Microsoft PowerPoint

Step-by-step instructions for making the card:
  1. Insert Miss Kitty© image into a blank Microsoft PowerPoint slide
  2. Set View/Zoom at 100% (I hold my card up to the screen to eyeball the size)
  3. Insert the Ribbon Banner graphic - I inserted 3 text boxes and rotated each one until they were positioned on the banner (refer to image "Happy", "Birthday", "Maddi" on the Ribbon Banner)
  4. Once the text boxes are positioned, Group the text boxes and Ribbon Banner into a single object
  5. Position onto Miss Kitty's hands
  6. Group all the images on the screen (it is much easier to move a grouped objected around on the screen for positioning)
  7. Insert Rainbow image
  8. Use WordArt (within PowerPoint) to put words into clouds at end of rainbow (refer to image "I'm", "7"). I used Calibri font, 36pt.
  9. Group WordArt with Rainbow image
  10. Then group both major image groups if desired (in the aforementioned groupings, I design my groupings this way because if I decide a text box needs a bit of adjustment, I only need to ungroup that small amount of objects with the small group rather than ungroup the whole project and take the chance that I'll accidentally move something else - it saves time in the long run)
  11. Make sure the image is to the right hand side of the screen, if printing on a top fold card make sure the image is near the bottom of the screen
  12. Print out on plain paper
  13. Put the paper with the printed image on top of the light box (or hold up to light)
  14. Align card over image to position where it will print on the card
  15. Use tiny pieces of tape to adhere the card to the paper; these are mainly needed at the end of the card that will go through the printer first and where the card folds.
  16. Put the paper with the attached card into the printer
  17. Print
  18. Use colored pencils to color Miss Kitty© I used pink for her socks and shirt, brown for arms, legs, head
  19. Use white eraser to go lightly over the colored areas - this softens the look and almost looks like copic markers were used
  20. Use GelWriters to color top of socks, skirt, heart and hair bow
  21. Accent Ribbon Banner with black glitter GelWriter to define the depth
  22. Outline "I'm" and "7" with pink glitter GelWriter
  23. Add 2 small self-adhesive gemstones for the bottom of the exclamation marks
  24. Use the rainbow image that was printed on plain paper as a pattern for cutting out strips of color
  25. Use glue to adhere to the image on the card
  26. Put glue inside the clouds, making sure to go around the text and not over it - I used the Quickie Glue pen for this and did one cloud at a time
  27. Pour Fun Flock over the glue, shake off excess
  28. Stamp 'Happy Birthday!' at top of card
  29. DONE

To finish off the project ...

I always do something fun on the back of my cards. After all that is space that most people don't use; a blank canvas going to waste!  It's fun to do something with that space.  It provides a fun little surprise for people who look at the back of their cards; most people don't!

On this card, with the Miss Kitty© theme going on, what better than a mouse?? I used a rubber stamp from Commotion Rubber Stamps and embellished it with colored pencils.

This project was submitted to ...
There's Magic in the Air - Magical Monday Stripe challenge
This weeks challenge ...
She (one of the designers, Danielle Lord) wants you to use this week's image "Miss Kitty" and use stripes somewhere on your project other then your image.
My answer to the challenge ...
Did you notice my rainbow?  Stripes of color! 

... and to The Graphics Lady because she likes to see how her images have been used! 

I hope you enjoyed my card.  Please leave me a comment!  Thank you. 


  1. Fantastic card!!! Thanks for joining us at TMITA/PCC this week, Hope to see you next week too! Hugs, Olga

  2. Very cute card...I'm sure your niece will love it! Thanks for playing along with us this week at TMITA/PCC and hope you can play along next week too!

    Aloha, Kim
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  3. Your card is just darling, and your niece will be so happy to receive it!!! Thanks for joining in at TMITA/PCC this week! Hope to see you again next week!

  4. Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us at TMITA/PCC this week! Hugs Nilla

  5. Pat, feb card, at first I thought it was all done digitally, but I see not... how fun... and what great instructions for people that don't know how to do things like that! wonderful! Thanks for playing along with our challenge this week over at TMITA/PCC! Hope to see you next week!
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