Home is Where Your Cat Is

Home is Where Your Cat Is
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I enjoy making cards, mini scrapbooks, altered picture frames, ornaments and other crafts to give away or sell but I can’t think of anything I’ve made and kept for myself. Well, the idea I’d been kicking around in my head finally came to fruition last December.

We adore our furry friends that bless us with their presence in this home, and the phrase “Home is Where your Cat Is” came to mind. I wanted to feature that phrase with pictures of our three pets below. I also wanted pictures of our cats in our current home so that they would be recent, so I thumbed through my Instagrams and found some good pictures to use. I printed them on my Kodak ESP5210 printer, which uses semi-waterproof inkjet ink. If your ink doesn’t say it can stand water, you’ll need to seal your printed image before layering Mod Podge over it.

Recently I discovered and fell in love with Mod Podge decoupage adhesive! I’m sure I had used this retro craft item somewhere along the way as a child, but I hadn’t tried working with it as an adult until 2012. I know. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to Mod Podge. I used Mod Podge to attach and seal the pictures of the cats to the canvas. I also used it on the Tim Holtz paper under the cut vinyl phrase I made with my Cricut Expression machine.

Cat Project

Cat Project

The project was finally completed when we found the perfect brown ribbon on clearance at the craft store!  My husband helped me finish the project by attaching the ribbon with a staple gun.

Building the Cat Project

Building the Cat Project

The project gets attached to the wall – my first artwork for our home is complete!

Hanging up the "Home is Where Your Cat Is" Wall Art

Hanging up the “Home is Where Your Cat Is” Wall Art

This is the final project:

"Home is Where Your Cat Is"

“Home is Where Your Cat Is”

Here is the close-up of the first canvas, which was 70% off at Michael’s in December!  After laying the vinyl down, I noticed it didn’t pop enough, so I carefully traced the letters with a 5 mm fine-tip black art pen.

Top canvas: Home is Where Your Cat Is

Top canvas: Home is Where Your Cat Is

I used Matte Mod Podge, which seemed to mute the colors of their fur.  I like that it’s not shiny, but I wish the pictures were as bright and crisp as they seemed before I applied the ‘Podge. Here is adorable kitty number one:

She's so fluffy!

She’s so fluffy!

Kitty number two:

My sweet, fluffy orange fella

My sweet, fluffy orange fella

Kitty number three:

Sweet grey and white kitty

Sweet grey and white kitty

Do you love cats, too?  I think this project could be made with tiles or thin pieces of wood if you didn’t want to use canvas. Thanks for reading my blog!

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About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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