Aren’t these kitties just adorable! I was really impressed with all the fun interactive cards at CHA and Art Impressions know how to do fun and interactive so well! This Mini Cat Spinner set stole my heart the moment I saw it and I’m more of a dog person so they must be beyond cute LOL. I’ve a very short video below showing the spinner action. I’m sorry I didn’t video the making of the card, with this being my first spinner card I had my brain full working out how to engineer the layers but once I’d worked it all out I thought you’d at least like to see the action part!
I started by stamping the cat twice using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink – great for when you want to use Copics. You get both a front and back to the cat image so once stamped and then die cut with the matching die included in the set you get four pieces to color. Add in two wool balls (one for the front and one for the back) and you have six little images. I used Copic Markers and colored the kitties as one grey and one tabby so even though the images are duplicates by coloring them differently and adding them at different angles you don’t notice that.
I sandwiched a fine silver thread between the front and back of the grey cat and did the same with the wool ball so it was just out of reach of kitty paws. I left the tabby cat as two separate pieces and will come back to him later. For the card base I started with 110lb Neenah Solar White card and scored it so it was side folding. Then I cut a Nested Circle from the front of the card. I cut the same circle from green patterned paper from the Simon Says Stamp March Card Kit and attached that to the card base so the circles lined up and the silver thread was trapped both top and bottom and the cat was suspended across the circle opening.
I cut another piece of paper from the same Echo Park range with the A2 card curved edge die and added that to the base of the card as a flowery hill so it partially obscured the bottom of the open circle. To this hill I added a die cut ‘Birthday‘ and also white embossed the ‘happy‘ on more of the patterned paper. Finally, I added the tabby cat (front piece) to complete the front of the card.
For the inside I added another matching hill of patterned paper and the back of the tabby cat. On the right side of the open card I added blue patterned paper and a rectangle of white as a place to write the greeting.
I’m really pleased with my first spinner, it’s not perfectly engineered but the cats are so cute that any imperfections I can live with LOL. I gave this to my friend for her birthday and she was delighted so that’s the main point after all isn’t it :D
There’s a whole host of new Art Impressions sets if you want to check them out. In addition to the mini cat spinner there are sets for a squirrel, bear, bunny, raccoon and cake. The price on these is really reasonable and that’s with both front and back images plus matching dies:D
Here’s that tiny video, better watch carefully it’s over in a few seconds LOL
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