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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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