I bought a set of stamps recently, not really knowing what I’d do with it…..but it led me down the best bunny trail. That alone is worth the lesson from today’s little project!
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The rabbit trail – or kitty trail – was looking up what “Lucky Cat” was all about. Was it a brand or a toy like Hello Kitty? Were there colors I should use, or a style to follow? Well I didn’t find anything in the first few minutes – except that Japanese art kept popping up as I went from link to link. That totally inspired me to create little tiny mini pieces of themed art! Check it out:
The first little kitty is a sweet orange tabby with two types of plants in the scene…..
And then there’s a little grey kitty with a blooming tree overhead and some leaves on the ground…
Always remember you can turn most stamps “backward” and make them a silhouette! If only one foot touches the ground, don’t let the ground touch the other foot so your viewer sees it as an active image in motion.
Aren’t these adorable! And so teensy and cute.
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- Mama Elephant Lucky Cat Stamps —- Die Cuts
- Neenah Cardstock, Cream, 25 pk
- Essential Rectangles, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies
- Copic Markers: EH – Blick
- Fadeout No Line, Ink On 3 Ink Pads
- Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
- Uni-ball Gel Pens:
The cats are so cute. Are the beckoning cats —manikin-neko —the cats you see in Asian restaurants on their counters?
are these available for sale?
Fantastic cute lucky cats. Great to see an Asian side to your Google bunny hole visit. I went down a rabbit hole looking for inspiration on a male sports themed card & ended up knowing lots about an air crash years ago but no card design, beware !! Stay safe, healthy & take a torch down bunny holes x
These are so so cute … I live in Hong Kong so we have lots of lucky cats here!!
Lovin’ the kittehs!
So adorable! Great for the New Year! I love how the Fade Out No Line ink just blends into the copics so it looks like you drew the whole thing “free hand”. I am going down this “rabbit hole” to check out more inspiration— see you there!
These are AMAZING!! I could tell you enjoyed creating them almost as much as I enjoyed watching! This makes me want to try finding inspiration from photos for coloring. Thanks!!
I love your artwork! I am currently working on a challenge to make 100 cards without buying new supplies and now I REALLY want this set!
My mother was Japanese, so I grew up with Lucky Cats in the house! In Japan, they are called maneki-neko, which means “beckoning cat.” Basically, it’s a figurine to invite luck into your home or business. There are different meanings and different wishes of luck, depending on the color of the cat, any accessories the cat may have (like a coin), and which paw is raised.
These that you have colored are super cute! Beautiful coloring as always. They made me think of my mom, whom I lost a year ago.
These truly are little works of art. They would be perfect for framing too. Besides, these kitties are super adorable.
You hooked me right in! I think Lucky Cat would make fun Valentine cards, too, still keeping the Asian art style – can’t wait to get this stamp set to try your ideas, like turning an image “backwards” – something I don’t usually think about when making a card… Google, here I come!