Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Cat Crazy by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

It's no big secret that I love cats.  I have a few cats, but there are still days that I feel like this lady.  There are days when my cats all want of my attention.  No matter how many times I look at this image, I still laugh at it! Today, I used Cat Lady TF 4340.  It's part of the TryFold collection, but I kept it as a one layer card.  I like to use the TryFold images in many different ways than they were first intended.  It stretches out the life and value of your stamps.

I started by stamping all three parts of the stamp set onto Canson XL Watercolor paper with Jet Black Archival ink. I used my Faber Castell Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils and the fine tip Tim Holtz water brush to add color to my images.  I pulled color directly from the tip of my pencil with the tip of my water brush.  I added it to my image starting in the darker areas and spreading the colors out.  I added two layers of color.  Once everything was dry, I can in and added in shadows with my Prismacolor colored pencils.  I used Gamsol and a blending stump to spread out the pencils. I used a black glaze pen on all of the open eyes to add shine. The background of the card is patterned paper for the from American Crafts Cedar Lane 6x6 paper pack. I fussy cut out all three of the images and added them to the background with different heights of foam tape.  I added the greeting onto a string and "hung" it on a brad to make it look like a picture.

Watercolor Pencils Used:
Face - Burnt Ochre, Burnt Carmine for blush
Cats - Cool IV, Black, Burnt Ochre, Burnt Umber
Brown furniture - Walnut Black
Blue- Prussian Blue
Red - Madder

Prismacolor colors used:
Sienna Brown, 945, French Grey 70% 1074, Yellow Ochre 942

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!


  1. The love of animals (and for animals) is what keeps us
    sane and happy (though sometimes we do go a little
    crazy). Love this design. I've never had that
    many cats - seems overwhelming. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  2. That is a hilarious card and love the way you arranged and colored all of it. That is a lot of cats. We have a lot but they are all outdoor ones here on the farm.

  3. Love how you used the try folds and what an adorable card! Just makes me grin!

  4. OMG this is the cutest card EVER!!! Love how you created this, Jil!!! Purrrfect!!!