OMGEE I am in LOVE with these Tim Holtz “Crazy Dogs” and “Crazy Things”! It was so fun and easy to create these CAS (Clean And Simple) holiday cards with just some simple watercoloring with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. I made up these six holiday cards for a crafty friend’s card drive for her church’s fundraising fair. Thinking of who might give and receive these cards and what they will be able to do with the funds raised kept me going crafting all six cards (as those of you who have known me for a while know, I generally don’t make cards in bulk, but this was for a good cause).
I stamped the dogs directly onto Strathmore Bristol Paper that I cut down to 4″ x 5.25″ and stamped out all the accessories onto scraps that I die cut out with the Crazy Things Coordinating Dies (I am a huge fan of these dies because they don’t leave any white border around the images so they don’t disrupt the look of any scene building) to mix and match with the dogs on the cards. The following are the colors I used (dogs listed clockwise from top left in main picture):
Weimeraner: Blue Gray (090) and Gray (092)
Dachshund: Dark Brown (062)
Boxer: Brown (060)
Scottish Terrier: Gray Brown (094) and Dark Brown (062)
Bulldog: Light Gray (091), Oatmeal (064), Dark Oatmeal (066) and Light Pink around muzzle
Shaggy Mutt: Brown (060) and Dark Brown (062)
I also colored in the accessories with Geranium Red (029), May Green (047) and Black (010) and added Glossy Accents over the candy canes, iridescent glitter glue on top of the white fluffy areas of the Santa hats, and gold Distress Stickles over the dog tags.
I had positioned each of the dogs in the lower left or lower right of each card front so that I would have the option of stamping out a sentiment just to the left or right of the dogs. Most of the sentiments are from the C.C. Designs “Snarky Christmas” stamp set (sorry, this is from 2014 and is retired), although I have one from My Creative Time “Christmas Doggy” (I smeared this one so I had to heat emboss this on black card stock to cover up the oops) and another from Prima “Merry Nice” (the “Naughty or Nice” inside the card with the Shaggy Mutt).
I also wrapped some red and white baker’s twine (from the Dollar Tree 3 pack!) 3 times around the card fronts and added a bow before popping up the whole card front with double sided foam adhesive onto green card bases from a Michael’s Hot Buy cards and envelopes set. Lastly, I added some well-positioned sequins onto each card with Glossy Accents and topped each sequin hole with silver Distress Stickles for a finished look.
The following is a short share and watercoloring tips video of a couple of the crazy dogs:
These cards are being entered into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Thinking of You Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Thinking of You Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Animals Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Holiday Challenge – WINNER
MarkerPOP Sketch Challenge #107
Super cute and fun images and awesome design…thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion and ATSM challenge this week
Zeljka DT xo
Thanks so much Zeljka! You are so kind to stop by for both Craft Your Passion and ATSM! 🙂 Big hugs, Kristina
Every single one is adorable! Thank you for sharing with us at Creatalicious, Jackie DT Member.
Awww you are so sweet Jackie! Thanks so much! I hope they are a hit at the charity craft fair. TFstopping by! Hugs, Kristina
Oh my goodness! These are fantastic! What a treat to be able to see these created for each type of dog! I love how you’ve made each one totally unique, yet they look incredible as a set, too. I’m not a dog owner, but I love animals and think that these would be great for anyone to receive. Love the addition of the twine at the bottom, too. Very colorful and happy and classy all at once! Thanks for sharing your talents with us for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!
Thank you so very much Andrea! OMGEE “colorful and happy and classy all at once!” I am speechless. You are so kind and encouraging. I had so much fun playing with these Crazy Dogs and Crazy Things. I just hope they are a success at the charity fundraising fair. TFStopping by and leaving such sweet crafty love! xoxo, Kristina
Beautiful CAS creations! I love your colouring and funny images!
Thank-you for joining us at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge November “ATG”.
Thank you so much Ileana! I had so much fun playing with the Tim Holtz Crazy Dogs and Crazy Things. I hope these will be able to sell to raise some money for the church fundraiser. 🙂 TFStopping by! Hugs, Kristina
Gorgeous CAS cards! I absolutely love the Crazy Dogs, they are super cute.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Thanks so much Mandy! I am in LOVE with the Crazy Dogs too! 🙂
Really cute cards.
Thanks for joining us at Fab’n’Funky Challenges.
Catherine X DT
Thanks so much Catherine!
Oh my! They all are adorable and cute cards!! Love their santa hats and your coloring work 🙂 Thank You for playing along with ATSM – Holiday Challenge!
Thanks so much Helen! I had so much fun loosely watercoloring up all those pups! 🙂
These cards are so fantastic. Love them all, I want this dog set so badly, boy its hard being good lol. You have coloured them to perfection.
Thanks so much Aileen! I absolutely LOVE these crazy dogs. When TH came up with the cats set I was so disappointed but felt confident he would follow up with the pups so I was saving up! LOL It is hard being good! 🙂
Just gorgeous for doggy friends! I love how you’ve coloured them and added all the cute little hats,so cute!
Thanks bunches Ann! I hope the church is able to raise some good funds with these cards and whoever sends or receives them enjoys them. 🙂
I saw your cards on Marker Pop’s blog. Love them! Your coloring is amazing, and now I REALLY want these dogs!
Awww thanks so much Andrea! It is so fun to watercolor the Crazy Birds and Crazy Dogs–but my heart belongs to dogs for sure. LOL Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and spreading crafty love! I really appreciate it. Big hugs, Kristina
A fabulous card set!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional anything but a card” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
Awww thanks bunches Melanie!
So fun.. These dogs are just adorable! Thanks for joining us at markerPop!
Thanks Holly! I have loved all the Crazy series and watercoloring them seems to be so fast and fun. 🙂