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Merry Christmas from Houlding Hands!

It has been a busy couple of months here at Houlding Hands, getting ready for Christmas, attending lots of craft fairs and making and posting out all of my lovely customers’ orders in time for a Merry Christmas.

There is still a few days left to place your orders before I close my Etsy shop for the Christmas break, but please check deadlines for any overseas orders.

Enjoy the festive season and I look forward to sharing lots of new designs with you in the New Year!

Creating all the colours of a cat’s coat

Posts have been a little sporadic from me recently and it is because I have been kept so busy by my Etsy store. If you have a moment, why not take a look and see if there are any gifts, cards or party decorations that catch your eye? Now, back to my latest post – hand shading a tortoiseshell cat’s coat.

Some of my favourite cards to make are those featuring cats with their own personal markings on their coats, which truly makes a personalised card! Today I am going to share how I create the tortoiseshell or calico cat colours on cat silhouettes.

Hand shaded tortoiseshell cat

As you can see from the above step-by-step guide, I start with the plain cat silhouette and a round shading tool. For this pattern I used a Tim Holtz Distress ink in Rusty Hinge for this first set of ginger patches and then added the brown using the colour: gathered twigs. As this was for a particular cat, I left the colours like this, but if I was recreating the colour of our own two tortie cats I would have added black as well.

I have also been doing quite a few tabby cats, so watch this space for lots of lovely stripes in my next post!

Houlding Hands’ craft stall debut in Canterbury

I had such as amazing weekend in Canterbury, where I joined other crafters and lots of lovely shoppers for the Easter Craft Fair in St Peter’s Methodist Church, with our own craft stall.

Canterbury Easter Craft Fair Stall

I was able to showcase lots of cards from my new recycled Kraft card range and I received great feedback from everyone who stopped by. My Scrabble tile cards went down a storm and I have requests for further age cards to get working on! Roar-some dinosaur cards and spec-tacular birthday cards were also especially popular!

I am looking forward to our next fair, which is the Easter Event at the Thanet RSPCA branch on Good Friday in Birchington. We’ll be there from 11am-3pm and there is lots going on for all the family, including an Easter egg hunt and a teddy bears’ picnic. I hope to see you there!

RSPCA Easter Event 2017 poster