Don’t we all have those days when we feel like the hydrant? I think that’s just the nature of life. I made this card for my nephew who has been having some ruff days (pun intended) recently.

Once I had the design in my mind, putting together the card was a snap! I first stamped out the puppy raising his leg and the hydrant (both from the My Favorite Things You Make My Tail Wag stamp set — one of my favorites) on Strathmore Bristol Paper (this is great for watercoloring as it absorbs moisture well without warping and is as smooth as cardstock, unlike a lot of watercolor papers). Then I stamped the images onto post-it note paper and fussy cut these images out as masks. Next, I placed the DIY masks on top of the images and then stamped out the Docrafts Brickwork Background Stamp to create the background. WOW, once that background was stamped in, the whole scene came to life!

For the highlighted focal point of the card, I watercolored a pee-rainbow using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in: Geranium Red (029), Orange (070), Yellow (050), May Green (047), Cornflour Blue (037) and Deep Violet (084). Using a Fine Pentel Waterbrush made it really easy to blend and fade out the pigments to create the splashy rainbow. I thought the pee-rainbow could represent how sometimes through adversity something good can come. 🙂

The sentiment from the You Make My Tail Wag stamp set reads, “Some Days You’re the Dog, Some Days You’re the Hydrant.” That cracks me up every time I read it. I wanted it to be clear and pop from the rest of the card but not distract from the mostly black and white card design, so I used VersaMark Ink to stamp it on black cardstock and heat embossed it with Ranger Super Fine Detail Embossing Powder. I trimmed down the cardstock and popped it up on double-sided foam adhesive toward the top right side of the card.

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS Favorite Stamp Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Stamptember Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Masculine Card – this is for my nephew – WINNER
Penny Black and More Close to Nature Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Make Your Own Background – brick and rainbow-pee background
Just Keep on Creating Anything Goes Challenge


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