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