A dear crafty friend, Jude (YT: Hey Jude Cards) is celebrating her 1 year anniversary on YouTube with a week-long celebration (giveaways every day this week!). She and I share a passion not only for crafting but also for dogs, so the minute I met her I knew we would be friends. For part of her celebration, she has asked six of her friends (all the links are in the description box of my YouTube video) to participate in a YouTube hop with her. We could make anything so long as there was a dog theme. Each hop participant will be giving away a Dog/Cat Rescue Digi and on my hop stop, I will also be giving away the My Favorite Things Playful Pups Stamp Set (so please watch the video on YouTube and leave the answer to the question asked in the video in the comment section to be eligible).

The hardest part of this for me was trying to narrow down what doggy themed project I was I was going to create. After all, with a name like CraftyPaws, you can imagine how many doggy crafty goodies are in my stash. 🙂 I decided to do a process video sharing how to do a windowed card with the sentiment peeking out from inside as well as spotlighting adorable dog images from Katzelkraft’s Dogs Stamp Set by only coloring the pups in the scenes.

To first create the living room scene, I used the Joy Crafts “Home Sweet Home” stamp set (I love how these stamps have a sketchy drawn look similar to the Katzelkraft’s Dogs). I intentionally left the upper middle section empty to leave room for the sentiment window.

Then I used the 4th largest Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares Die Set to die cut a window from the card front as well as a thin copy paper template. I then positioned the paper template on the inside right side of the card base and used my MISTI stamping tool to position the sentiment from Cloud 9 Design’s Dogs Sentiment Stamp Set that reads, “A HOUSE is not a Home without a DOG.” I then re-positioned the template the the outside card base front and die cut that window again. Provided I didn’t accidentally shift the die, the card front can now be positioned exactly over the card base front and the window opening should perfectly align so that the sentiment can be seen even from the front even before the card is opened.

Using Google images of Basset Hounds, Dalmatians, Huskies, and Dachshunds as references, I used the following Copic colors for these pups:
Basset Hound: W1, W7, W9, E23, E25, 100
Dalmatian: Collar, Tag and Tongue: B01, Y17, R24 and R27; Dalmatian: W7 and W9
Husky: Ears, Eyes and Tongue: R30, B01, R27 and R29; Husky: C1, C5 and C7
Dachshund: W5, W7, W9, E23, E25 and 100

I fussy cut all these pups out with Fiskars Spring Loaded Scissors and then inked the edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker to hide the white edge of the cut card stock. Then it was a matter of positioning each pup into the scenes. I popped each of them up on double sided foam adhesive for a little dimension, but securely glued down their feet and some of their skinny tails with Art Glitter Glue (with a fine nozzle tip) so they could go through the post without fear of being damaged.

For two of the pups that were a little taller, I positioned the pups so they looked like they were popping into the scene from the foreground off the front edge of the card and cut off any overhanging parts. For the other two, I put them completely in the scenes and grounded them by adding shadows below them using a Copic C3 marker.

For 3 of the cards, I ended up adding an extra pup inside the card as well. This was primarily because I had underestimated the space needed for the die cut window in the living room scene and had had to cut the side of the over-hanging lamp. To make the card front scene look complete, I had to stamp the lamp inside the card as well. Then to make the lamp not look like an oddity, I added the extra pup as an accent to the interior of the card. I actually think these card interiors came out looking ok – sometimes mistakes create opportunities!

The following is a process video showing how to construct these cards, including a sampling of the Copic coloring as well (remember to leave the answer to the question posed in the video in the comment section of the video to be eligible for the prize):

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

These cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday It’s a Dog’s Life Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Just Keep on Creating Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Halloween Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge


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