I had so much fun designing this card, chock full of crazy cute dogs from the IndigoBlu Duke’s Gang stamp set for my design team project for Topflight Stamps! I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without honoring all of our adorable and much loved fur babies!
I stamped out each dog image 2-5 times, masking dogs in the front before stamping the dogs behind them all the way around my card front, which I cut down to 5 1/2″ x 3 7/8″. Because I didn’t want any dog to be next to any other dog that looked exactly the same, I ended up doodling to add extra fur, extend the lengths of the bodies, or adding spots to some of the dogs to keep the dogs looking different. I probably didn’t have to worry so much about maintaining the linear differences since I was Copic coloring them in a bunch of crazy colors, but it was fun to add the extra variety anyway.
I used the following Copic colors to make the rainbow dog pack:
Blue dogs: B12, B16 and B18
Purple dogs: V12, V15, V17 and V09
Yellow dogs: Y11 and Y15
Orange dogs: YR15, YR04 and YR07
Red dogs: R35, R37 and R39
Blue green dogs: BG11, BG13 and BG15
Violet dogs: RV02, RV04 and V04
I colored the background with pale blues: B000, B00, and B01. Then to add a little depth and make the dogs pop a bit more from the background, I used Prismacolor colored pencils in Electric Blue (PC1040) and Copenhagen Blue (PC906) to add some deeper blues to the nooks and crannies of the background. I also colored some of the dogs’ spots and ears with a Sakura Black Glaze Pen for some shine and subtle texture.
This left a perfect open space for a sentiment in the middle of the card front. But rather than make a single layer card, I thought it might be more interesting heat emboss a sentiment onto a vellum strip that I could wrap around the whole card front. Fortuitously, the “You are Pawesome” scripty sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp You Are Pawesome stamp set fit perfectly! I first prepped the vellum with the EK Success Powder Tool then I inked up the sentiment with VersaFine Black Onyx Ink. Then I used Recollections clear embossing powder to heat emboss and fix the sentiment in place on the vellum (ink tends to smear unless fixed like this).
I secured the vellum in place by securing it on the back of the card front with tape and then popped it up on a sheet of fun foam for some added dimension. I found a strip of patterned paper in my scrap box that had “LOVE THIS” printed over and over and decided this would be a great way to accent the bottom of the card. To add a little shimmer, I also added a thin strip of silver glitter washi tape above this before adding the card front over top. For finishing touches and to hide where I tacked down the vellum a bit more, I added lots of sparkly silver sequins and tiny metal hearts.
The following is a process video of putting together the card (this does not include the stamping and coloring):
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Card Mania Red and Hearts Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Babies, Children or Men Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Love Challenge – WINNER
Penny Black and More Love, Hearts and/or Flowers Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Add a Heart Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional for a Boy or Man Challenge