I’ve been going a bit nuts with colouring doggies from MFT Stamps recently, both the You Make My Tail Wag (and coordinating dienamics) and Lucky Dog (and coordinating dienamics) sets. They are so adorable! Well, as you can see, I had loads of ready coloured in images so I thought I’d put together a card or two using these.
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Right, back to my rascally little doggies! One of them made it onto a card which I blogged about over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog earlier in the week. Click HERE to check out that post.
For my first card I decided to go quite ‘Clean and Simple’, which is a huge challenge for me. I don’t know when to stop usually and I will add more and more stuff until all of a sudden, it is not ok to call it a CAS card anymore. Eh, we all have our issues, right? Not to brag though, but I think I pulled it off for this one! Not that the lure of adding sequins wasn’t there, it was a struggle to say no.
I started out with an A2 sized piece of white card stock(I like using 110lb Neenah Classic Crest Solar White as it’s nice and thick, which makes a great card base) and then I used a diecut from Studio Katia called Stitched Loops, in the middle of it. I also cut out another 2 pieces to layer on top of each other as I was planning on using foam tape to adhere the panel to the card base. To make it easy to see where it was going to go, when it came time to adhere it to the card base, I traced the inside of the cut with a pencil.
I decided to heat emboss the sentiment ‘I am a lucky dog to have you’ in Altenew Crisp Platinum embossing powder above the diecut so I dusted the panel with my anti-static tool(I prefer the little “cushion” as I find it covers the paper better), then I stamped it with VersaMark ink using my MiniMISTI (I’d be lost without this genius little thing!!) and added the embossing powder. A quick swish with my heat gun later, it was done.
The foam tape was added to the back of the panel and added to the card base, I then puzzled the doggies and the loop together so that it looks like the doggies are peeking out of them and added that to the card too. In the middle loop I diecut a small stitched heart (from the Tiny Gift Box Lawn cuts) and stamped a paw print from the stamp set in Candied Apple red Distress Oxide Ink. I added this to the hole with a bit of foam tape too. A few drops of Glossy Accents on the eyes and noses later and card No1 was done!
Card no2 was a bit more elaborate and has all sorts of things going on: Ink blending using a stencil, alcohol ink, die cutting, Copic colouring, white gel pen and stamping.
The background is made using the MFT Mini Cloud stencil and Distress Oxide inks in Salty Ocean and Faded Jeans. I blended these using Mini Ink Blending Tools on Bristol Vellum water colour card stock, this is my current preferred card stock when it comes to ink blending. It’s so smooth and lovely to work with.
On some Yupo paper I made a fine mess with Citrus and Willow alcohol inks and then used an Alcohol Ink applicator tool with a pad soaked in blending solution, in a dotting manner all over the piece to give it some texture. Quick and easy! Once it was dry, I ran it through my BigShot with the Landscape Die from Lawn Fawn.
I decided to use the little Scottie dog, the dog house, a water bowl and a bone. Because every dog needs a treat, right? All the images are adhered to the card using foam tape of different thicknesses to add some fun details and lots of dimension.
On a slim strip of card stock I stamped the sentiment ‘Woofing You A Happy Birthday’ using Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and adhered that to the card with foam tape too.
As this came out quite masculine, I decided against both sequins and enamel dots, and it was a surprisingly easy decision to make. Usually I’m all about those sequins! The only embellishments, if you can call them that, are the white gel pen details added to the dog and his little house. Ta-da! I love how the alcohol ink pieces look, it’s so organic and adds so much interest to the card. In my humble opinion anyway.
Right, well, that’s it from me today. I have to go be a crazy dog lady in real life now and take my little Cheeky Chicas out for walkies. Spring decided to FINALLY show up here in Poland this last week and things are starting to look green and lush again. I’m soaking up the sunrays as much as I can and the girls are loving it too. Especially as they don’t need showers after every single walk these days, as was the case for months on end…!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this post! Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica