When I am struggling to find my crafty mojo, there is one foolproof way to get me going and that is by doing a doggy-themed project. I recently picked up the adorable Whimsy Stamp, “Puppy with Balloons,” and I figured coloring up this cutie would certainly get me out of my present funk — and I was right!
I altered this stamp a bit, just by inking up the stamp and wiping away the fizzled out balloon on the ground before stamping it on my card stock. I stamped it with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and then used the following Copic colors to color him up:
White areas: E40, E70 and Uniball Signo white gel pen and white Gelly Roll gel pen for details
Brown areas: E31, E33, E23, E25 and warm gray 0.3 pt Copic Multi-Liner Pen for details
Nose and eyes: C9
Balloons: YG61, YG63, B66, B69, BG45 and BG49
For the background, I freestyle drew and cut out a stencil for clouds and then used an ink blending tool and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to create the impression of puffy white clouds. I also used a Memory Box Birch Trio Die to cut out a couple of birch trees to give a sense of a scene high up in the trees. To make the birch trees a bit more realistic, I Copic colored the indented areas along the trunks with a Copic E25.
To frame the main puppy image (which I fussy cut and was going to raise up at an angle to give the impression of the puppy being lifted up by the balloons), I die cut an oval frame using the 3rd and 4th largest dies from the Diemond Dies Ovals Nesting Die Set. I popped the oval frame just a smidge by using some rolled up double sided adhesive. Then I popped up the puppy with Stampin’ Up! Dimensionals foam dots, placing him over the edge of the oval frame to emphasize lift and movement of the pup flying through the air with the balloons.
I wanted the sentiment to coordinate with the balloon colors, so I blended the same marker colors on a small scrap of card stock. I blended back and forth to create a kind of ombre effect. Then I die cut the “celebrate” word die from the Sizzix Script Celebration Word Die Set from this ombre colored scrap. I love how it came out!
I’m not sure how I feel about the sparkle I added at the last minute, but I went ahead and used some Glitz glitter glue from Recollections over the top of the balloons and the “celebrate”. I like the sparkle, but I feel like some of the nice Copic coloring, especially on the balloons, was lost. I also added some Glossy Accents to the puppy’s eyes and nose for a bit of shine.
The following is a start to finish process video of crafting this card:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Whimsy Inspirations Anything Goes Challenge #97
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Add Sparkle Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday You’ve Got the Edge Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Summer
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
MFT Color Challenge #74
Oooooooooooh, this is super fab! Thank you so much for sharing at Whimsy. Please do come back again! Jackie DT.
Thank you so very much, Jackie! I will definitely be back at Whimsy! I didn’t realize you had started up the challenges again. This was so fun to craft with that adorable puppy!
Love the floating by scene you created with this super cute stamp! Glitter balloons are perfect and I love your fur texture. Thank you for sharing your card in our challenge at Whimsy Stamps
Thank you so very much Donna! I was wondering about perhaps having glittered the balloons too much, but I did like the sparkle! 🙂
Its a lovely card, i like it very much. And thanks for joining our challenge at the WHimsy Stamps challenge blog.
Hugs Astrid (CDT)
Thank you so very much Astrid! You all at Whimsy Stamps are so supportive and encouraging!
Beautiful card, I love that you colored the sentiment the same as the balloons. Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Creatalicious, we hope to see you back again.
Thank you so much for your sweet comment! I liked how that ombre word die cut came out and it was definitely touch and go, as the colors were so different and tricky to blend. 😀 lol
Wow! I love that furry puppy! Your coloring is fabulous! Coloring the “Celebrate” in the colors of the balloons looks fantastic!
Awww thanks so much for your sweet comment, Cynthia! You’ve made my day!
This is so adorable! The pup looks so furry.
Awww thanks so much Victoria! Texture on animals really just takes a little patience. I’m so glad I took the extra bit of time to add the finer lines with the lighter gelly roll and thin Copic Multiliner pens. 🙂 You are so sweet to notice the details.
This card is almost too cute, wonderful card
Oh that is such a sweet thing to say! Thanks so much Fiona! Hope you’re having a wonderful crafty day!
aww..isn’t that puppy just incredibly adorable!??!?! Love it!
I also really like the backrgound and all the dies you used!
Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge! We all hope to see you again next challenge!
Awww thanks so much Zoey! This was truly a joy to craft–anything puppy really is for me. 😀 lol
So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Anything Goes” Challenge! Awesome details and design! Super work!
Thanks so much Virginia! This was a super fun card to craft.
What a super sweet project you have for us today, so well thought out and put together a fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way, we are so lucky you have entered our WHIMSY STAMPS challenge blog so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x
Thanks so very much Tracy! Your uplifting and encouraging comment, really made my day!
Oh this image is way too cute. I love this card. Lovely work. Thanks for join our challenge at Creatalicious we hope you will join us again soon. Meighan DT
I love this image too! 🙂
Aww, this is so cute. Thanks for blessing us with your creation at Word Art Wednesday. Please join us again in our current challenge. Leaving you with the inspiration of God’s Word in Philippians 1:6 which says, “For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Have a blessed day!
Thanks so much Jo Ann!
A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional summer” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
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PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy before I left for my 5-week-trip to Africa…