How To Make A Homemade Cat Card

This hub will demonstrate how to draw a cat on a quarter fold card. All of the suggestions presented on this hub are merely ideas that can give you more direction in your card making. Bobby is an eleven year old cat of my parents, but I still consider her my pet since I lived there for many years and still visit her quite frequently. Bobby is a manx tuxedo suit cat, and the most adorable baby I know. My fascination with cats began at a very young age, and I am still not over it. One thing we always did was give our cats very unique names to reflect our eclectic tastes. My sister named one of her kittens Trotsky without realizing he was an actual person. Another cat I had was named Rutherford, and I purposely named him after President Rutherford B. Hayes. For some reason when I was fifteen the name Rutherford just sounded every so cool to me! The summer after my freshman year in college I spent a few months at home with my family.

Our neighbors had a cute white and gray kitten they did not want, so we adopted her and named her Ashbury. Not sure what inspired that name, but it just sounded very adorable at the time. A couple of years later Ashbury had a litter of kittens, of which Bobby was one. She was named Bobby because of her bobbed tail. We are not exactly sure who her father was, but we have a pretty good idea since a large black and white manx cat used to hang out around the house. We have a theory the neighbor's cat is a descendant of the manx cat my parents had way back in the seventies, which looks a lot like Bobby.

Of course these are all theories, but there were not too many tuxedo suit manx cats hanging around our neighborhood in the past or present, so I think Bobby and her dad are most likely descendants of Stubby. Our neighbor also had a manx cat that looks just like Bobby, but he abandoned this sweet cat during the fire in 2003. My parents adopted his manx cat, which my sister named Anastasia. They have also adopted my old cat Baby, who is the only cat they have with a tail at the moment. Here is a silly video below I made of the manx cats Bobby and Anastasia. We call Anastasia Annie, but my sister hates that!

Here Is The Card That I Made:

The card I made in tribute of Bobby cat.
The card I made in tribute of Bobby cat.

Step One: Find A Cat Picture

I will draw a picture of my cat Bobby.
I will draw a picture of my cat Bobby.

Find a picture of a cat to draw on the quarter fold card.  So how do you make a quarter fold card?  I have made a few hubs on the subject if you would like to explore these.

Step Two: Draw The Cat

Here is my completed sketch of Bobby.
Here is my completed sketch of Bobby.

Here is my completed sketch of Bobby.  I used a sketching pencil to render this drawing of my favorite kitty cat.  Pencil is ideal for drawing because you can always erase the mistakes!

Step Three: Start Coloring Around The Whiskers

Use the black colored pencil to fill in the space around the cat's whiskers.
Use the black colored pencil to fill in the space around the cat's whiskers.

Use the black colored pencil to fill in around the whiskers. When I sketched out the whiskers I exaggerated their width because I knew I could minimize these once I started adding color to the picture. Watch the video below to get a few ideas on how to fill in the space around the cat's whiskers.

Step Four: Keep Shading In Around the Whiskers And Parts Of The Face

Keep filling in the area around the whiskers and the rest of the face.
Keep filling in the area around the whiskers and the rest of the face.

Use the black colored pencil to fill in the area around the whiskers and the other portions of the face where there is black fur. Next, keep filling in parts of the cat where there is also black fur. Leaving part of the paper blank represents the white portion of Bobby, which means less coloring to do! Watch the video below to get more ideas on how to shade in a picture of a tuxedo cat.

Step Five: Finish Shading In The Majority Of The Body

Here is what Bobby cat looks like when the shading is almost completed.
Here is what Bobby cat looks like when the shading is almost completed.

I am almost finished with the shading in of Bobby cat. The texture of the colored pencil is great for emulating the fur on my actual kitty. Watch the video below to see how I color Bobby's fur in.

Step Six: Add The Detail To Bobby's Face

Here I finished shading in Bobby's face.
Here I finished shading in Bobby's face.

What is my obsession with the feline? I love how they nuzzle my face as I am curled up reading a book on a cold winters night for one. As a tuxedo cat Bobby always looks like she is ready to perform on center stage, and adding the final details to my drawing will get her ready for show time. Okay I am just being silly, but I did warn you that I was a cat aficionado. The video below will continue to chronicle the progress of the cat card coming to life. See how much more fun this is than just buying a card at the store?

Step Seven: Finish Adding Detail To The Face

Bobby is now looking more like her actual self.
Bobby is now looking more like her actual self.

Here I have finished adding the last details to Bobby's face. Her face does not look 100% like the original picture, but the more I draw the better I can get. However, I really do enjoy my drawing and I totally do it for myself. I actually really love my drawing abilities to be honest because it is something I put a lot of time into. Watch the next video to see the progress on Bobby cat. 

Step Eight: Add The Eye Color

Here I have shaded in the yellow of Bobby's eyes.
Here I have shaded in the yellow of Bobby's eyes.

I lightly shaded in the color of Bobby's eyes with a yellow colored pencil.  I captured the light reflected in her eyes by using an eraser to rub away part of the pigment.  Take a look to see how I did this in the video.

Step Nine: Color The Background

Here I have added the geranium colored pencil to the background.
Here I have added the geranium colored pencil to the background.

For the background I wanted to pick an eye popping color since Bobby is very monochromatic. The light geranium colored pencil serves as a nice compliment to her black and white fur. Watch the video to see how I shaded in the background of Bobby cat. For some reason coloring can be very therapeutic.

Step Ten: Color The Foreground

Here I have added the blue foreground for the kitchen counter.
Here I have added the blue foreground for the kitchen counter.

Bobby loves sitting on my parents TV converter box, but sometime you can catch her on the counter too.  In this final step of the process I decided to put Bobby on the counter and make it a nice light blue.  My card is now ready to be given to a friend.

This card turned out really cute.  Have fun making your own cat inspired cards today!
This card turned out really cute. Have fun making your own cat inspired cards today!

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waynet 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

It's nice to see this cat card project coming together first on Youtube and the rest over here...good job!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Yeah,Sweetie Pie, you've got some artistic talent, alright. I'd like to share this with my sister. She could do this and have a lot of fun, plus, it would look good when she was done. Me, well, less said the better. Thanks for a good hub.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Waynet,

Thank you. I have also been enjoying your YouTube drawing videos, and you have actually inspired me to get back into making more videos. I have become a bit lax about it.

Paradise,

Glad to hear your sister also enjoys card making. Thanks for stopping by!


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Peggy W 13 months ago from Houston, Texas

What a darling card! Any cat lover should really appreciate receiving one from you. Those were certainly distinctive names that you gave your cats. :)


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SweetiePie 13 months ago from Southern California, USA Author

My sister comes up with a lot of these cat names, so she is very creative :).

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