I usually try to tailor my birthday cards to the recipient so I knew that this one had to have cats and cactus. My daughter-in-law has grey sister cats who will not allow her to have cactus (or any live plant) in her house so she has fake potted cacti on a shelf...sad huh? Anyway, I designed this card for her birthday. I ended up using three stamp and die sets because I couldn't decide which of the cute images would make her smile. I started by stamping the Hero Arts background image onto white watercolor paper with green waterproof ink. Then I dabbed on some Hero Arts reactive purple and turquoise ink before spraying with water. The cats and other images were stamped on marker paper (with waterproof ink) before coloring them in with Copic pens. It was easy work to cut out the images with matching dies and adhere them to the card with foam dots.
For a finishing touch, I stamped the words (from My Favorite Things set) and heat embossed it in white. The strip was hand cut...so easy to do...no need for a die. For the inside of the card, where the hand written message will go, was further embellished with two of the cute Hero Arts cat images and a birthday cake. ((The Hero Arts stamp and die sets were in one of their monthly kits so may no longer be available from HA but perhaps you can find it for resale.) Of course I had to decorate the envelope too because I have an enormous collection of cat themed washi tapes...and I don't even own a cat! Luckily, I know many cat owners so all my 'cat' craft stuff will get used eventually. LOL!