A little over a year ago, my hubby’s aunt and uncle adopted Sam and Toby after having met and fallen in love with my little Bandito, so I thought I would make them a customized holiday card using the Christmas Doggy stamp from My Creative Time and coloring them up to resemble their fur babies. 🙂

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Sam and Toby

The mostly white dog with light brown ears is colored with Copic markers: W1, W3, and E23. The black and white dog is colored up with W1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.  The two Santa hats are colored with R24, 29, and 39 with the white fluffy dimension added with some Deco Art Snow Writer Paint.  To make them look a little more lifelike, I also added white highlights on the eyes and noses and furry details with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen and touched the eyes and noses with Glossy Accents.

For the card front, I used up an old scrap of pale green damask patterned paper from my scrap box. I layered it with a piece of vellum die cut with the largest rectangle from the My Favorite Things Cross Stitched STAX Rectangle Die Set, which I heat embossed with a nice, substantial “Happy Holidays” stamp from Unity’s Christmas Eve Chowder stamp set and some charcoal grey Zing! embossing powder.

Then I went to town designing the card with the Diemond Dies Pine Branch Die and the Diemond Dies Christmas Ornament Die. I die cut the branches with white card stock (rather than green) to give a more clean, winter wonderland look, and I die cut the ornaments from pale green an silver glitter paper to add sparkle and shine.  I snipped off the top of the ornaments to alternate the colors and did the same for the stars and tiny dots that were die cut from the ornaments.  I glued them back into the alternate colored ornaments to add a little extra interest. Lastly I used silver Stickles to draw in the strings for the ornaments.

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The following is a process video:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Whimsy Stamps Anything Goes Winter Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Winter Wonderland Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Die Crazy Challenge
Raisin Boat Christmas and New Years Challenge
Penny Black and More Anything Goes with a Stamp Challenge
Unity Be Inspired Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
The Shabby Tea Room Winter Wonderland Challenge – mostly 2 colors and little critters like in the inspiration photo:
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Thanks for stopping by, and have a fabulous winter day! WOOF


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