FYI. Bastet was the Egyptian cat goddess and was seen primarily as protective. She was depicted as a woman with the head of a cat and because of her, cats were venerated in ancient Egypt. From her comes the terribly accurate saying:
"Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this."
and they don't let humans forget it either!
I used a slightly different technique for this one than the one we were given in the lesson.
For the pawprint, I used two colors of red with a 1 pixel center stroke of white set to color dodge.
For the text I used the regular way on the inside and outside strokes. I couldn't get the center highlight as I wanted it, however, so I tried contracting the selection by 1 or 2 px.
I then did select/modify/border at 1 or 2 px.
I created a new layer above the text layer and on that level, filled the selection with white [remember to deselect the "contiguous" option on the paintbucket tool].
I deselected and used gaussian blur at a very low setting. I set the layer to color dodge and messed with the opacity until I was happy.
This one took quite a bit of tinkering and redoing because of the font I chose but that was the fun of it.
The best part of these things is the experimentation, imo.