Cutting a second die cut in black can give you an offset shadow.

Project: Smile


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This little cat is great! He is so happy to see you, in fact all the cats stamps from the Penny Black Jazzy cats set are fun. I saw this little chap greeting us from a photo frame, so this is what I came up with.
I used:

  • Lawn Fawn, Photo Frame #LF491
  • Lawn fawn, Scripty Smile
  • Tim Holtz, Mover and shapers, mini vintage camera
  • Stitched rectangle die from The Works
  • Stamps:Penny Black, 'Jazzy Cats' and the greeting from 'Smile all Day' stamp sets
  • Sue Wilson Embossing Folder A4 - Provencal Lace Background
  • Ink: Distress Oxides, Fossilsed Amber, Fired Brick
  • Ink: Memento, Dandelion, Canteloup
  • Ink: Versafine, Onyx Blackk
  • Card stock: Black, white and yellow
  • Fabre-castell Polychromos colour pencils, warm grey VI & IIV, Cinnamon
  • Silver gel pen
  • Foam Pads
  • Big Shot Die cutting and embossing machine




Stamp the cat twice onto two pieces of white card stock. Make sure one of the pieces is about 7 cm2 and the cat is central as this is the background of the ‘photo’.




Colour in the second cat with the Polychromos pencils. These are really great pencils to use as they blend well.
Fussy cut the cat – cut off his whiskers, he gets them back when he’s stuck down on the background.




Use the Memento inks, Dandelion and Cantaloupe to shade the background and stick the fussy cut cat in place




Die cut the Photo frame from white card and stick the background behind it adjusting to get the cat fairly central.




Die cut the Mini vintage camera in black card.
This die is from the mover and shaper range so will need the magnetic tray to send t through the Big shot. Its probably not suitable for the Cuttlebug so you could download a copyright free image to use instead.
Pick out the features of the camera with a silver gel pen.




Colour a strip of white card with Fossilised Amber and Fired Brick distress Oxide ink – more FA than FB.




Die cut the Scripty Smile twice, once from the distressed strip and another from black card – be careful with the dots above the i’s. I dropped the black one and it took ages to find amidst the rest of the bits on the craft room floor!
Combine the two Smiles slightly offset to give the yellow smile a shadow.




Stamp the greeting from the Smile all day stamp set using VersaFine Black Onyx onto white card and die cut with a stitched rectangle die.




Cut a 14.25 cm2 panel and emboss with the Sue Wilson Embossing Folder A4 - Provencal Lace Background, although you could use any suitable folder.




Mat the photo frame and the embossed panel onto yellow card.





Assemble the card and mount onto 15 cm2 white card base.