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Kitty with a Cupcake (and some card design tips)

Kitty and a Cupcake

Hi All,

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I noticed that the stamps in Bear Ware work with many other stamp sets – always a bonus! My Cool Cat is holding the cupcake from Bear Ware. Mama Elephant Page Huggers also works well with Bear Ware.

Because the card is pretty simple in nature, it’s easy to point out a few card design principles I used:

  • My circle is not in the vertical middle and not in the corner – it’s in between. Since it is off the card, I don’t see the whole circle. So, you can think of the circle as “a little odd”. In like manner, the placement of the circle is not perfectly in the middle or in the corner. It is “a little odd”, about 2/3 of the way down. The two concepts match.
  • My circle is on the left, not on the right. Because my cat is the focal point and people naturally read left to right, their eyes will immediately go to the cat first when they see the card.
  • The color temperature of the bricks matches the color temperature of the cat. In my card, it matches almost exactly (gray/cool and gray/cool). However, the important thing is that it matches in color temperature. I could have used any cool color, such as blue, purple, or turquoise. If you have a brown/yellow/warm cat, you would want to go with warm background colors, such as red, orange, yellow, brown, or kraft. Personally, I would choose a light neutral color so that it doesn’t distract from the cat as the focal point.
  • I connected all of my elements. The sentiment strip connects to the brick wall, and the cat connects to the sentiment strip. When you connect, it gives you a more cohesive look, like everything has a purpose and fits together.
  • The black sentiment strips makes the cat stripes stand out because the viewer sees them as “matching”, so they view them together. If my sentiment strip had been white with black lettering, it would have blended in with the white background. As a result, it wouldn’t stand out, and neither would the cat’s stripes.

I hope those concepts make sense. Here is a close-up:

Kitty and a Cupcake

A quick reminder that Monday is the last day to sign-up for the Christmas card exchange. Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!



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Copic sketch markers used: C4, C1, C9, RV00, 0 (cat); RV13, RV14, E43, E40 (cupcake)

MFT Cool Cat
MFT Cool Cat
Ellen Hutson Bear Ware
Ellen Hutson Bear Ware
Stampin' Up! Brick Embossing Folder
Stampin’ Up! Brick Embossing Folder
SSS Stitched Circles
SSS Stitched Circles
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Wink of Stella, Clear
Wink of Stella, Clear
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Stampin' Up! Dimensionals
Tombow Mono Multi Glue
Tombow Mono Multi Glue


  1. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 6:52 am


    I really love your card. It’s adorable. But, the thing I especially love about it is that you managed to solve a layout problem for a Christmas card I’ve been trying to design today. It won’t look like your cat card even though it will still have the same stitched circle and banner sentiment with a different embossing folder background and stamp cut out character inside the circle. That’s what I love about your cards. They are great to be CASEd but they also trigger other totally different cards using a similar layout or technique. Thanks again for unknowingly solving my problem!!

    • wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Darlene DeVries

      lol Connie! So glad I could help out. 🙂

    • wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 2:00 pm


      Totally true! My mind is brimming with ideas for things I can do with this layout! So many possibilities. Adorable card!

  2. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 1:25 pm


    Purrrrrfect!!!!! Love this adorable card Darlene, simple and sweet.
    I also like those stitched dies, the ones that cut and stitch on the inside as well as the outside of the panel, they look awesome.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 1:54 pm


    Great video. You also gave me some ideas to use with some new stamps I have. The birch trees folder would be fun with this technique also. Thanks.

  4. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 2:02 pm


    Thanks for the info about the card design. It is useful
    For when I’m looking at my card and something just isn’t right to see how your brain works

  5. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    Brenda L.

    Such a cute card Darlene! I love how you did the cat. He looks like he is looking forward to that cupcake. lol Hugs, Brenda

  6. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 5:21 pm


    Love it, love it, love it!!! It has all been said above. Just another great video Darlene. Thanks again. xx

  7. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Carol Mac

    Great card, Darlene! I just received the Happy Panda stamp set from SSS and I think they would work perfect with this card too! ?

  8. wrote on October 28th, 2016 at 7:45 pm


    I really benefited from your write-up on the principles you used to create your card. The “color temperature” was particularly helpful. Thanks.

  9. wrote on October 31st, 2016 at 9:20 am


    Beautiful Card Darlene! And thanks for taking the time to explain the card design principles you used, very helpful information.

    • wrote on October 31st, 2016 at 10:34 am


      well said amohja! that was some great teaching Darlene, really appreciate that.

  10. wrote on November 1st, 2016 at 6:48 am


    I also appreciate the design principles…that is so helpful to planning cards.

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