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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