I think I am finally getting the hang of these pocket letters. I am still not able to whip these out like some folks in a couple hours, but this one only took me one full day (that’s a huge improvement from 4 days!). This one was made for my sweet friend, Bev (YT: NewCrafterBev) who loves dogs and has a poodle that looks so much like my Biscuit. 🙂
I used pups from three different stamp sets but tried to keep them all relatively similar in their simplicity and cartoon style. I used “Puppy Pals” from My Cute Stamps, “Paws and Claws” from The Paper Company, and “Critters in the Dog Park” from Lawn Fawn. I colored them with the following Copic colors (clockwise from upper left) and fussy cut each of them out, edging them completely with a black marker to eliminate the white paper edge, and adding glints of eyes and shines on noses with a white Gelly Roll pen.
Shaggy Dog: E51, 52 and 53
Harlequin Great Dane: W1 and W7
Chihuahua: E50, YR20 and YR31
Australian Terrier: E51, E11, E13, W5 and W7
Pug: E50, E51, E53, W5 and W7
For each of the backgrounds, I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers ATC and Corners Die Set and scrap papers I’ve been gifted (sorry I don’t know the names of the collections). Because the patterns were very busy, I die cut hearts from cream colored scrap papers using the third smallest heart from the Diemond Dies Nesting Hearts Die Set and framed each pup in a heart. To give a more finished vintage look, I inked the edges of the hearts and the cut out ATCs with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Antique Photo.
I filled the center column top and bottom pockets, with poodle buttons, glittery dimensional paws, and fun shaped doggy love metal paper clips. For the center pocket, I used my new fuse tool to create a shaker, which I filled with sequins, gold glitter, dog bone punch outs from vellum and kraft card stock, and the word beads “play,” “&,” and “run” from Bead Landing. To add something with movement, I added metal dangles of an adorable little pup and a dog head charm with twine and yellow and white bakers twine bows.
The back of each pocket is filled with more fun doggy embellishments and crafty goodies, which you can peek at in the following share video:
This pocket letter is being entered into the following challenges:
MarkerPOP Anything Goes Challenge (Top 3 Winner)
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge
Lawn Fawn Calling All Critters Challenge
Card Mania Metal Embellishment Challenge
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful crafty day! WOOF