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Happy Howlidays | CraftyPaws

I love stretching stamps. No, not literally stretching them out of shape (although sometimes I do that with sentiment stamps to make an arch or something like that- LOL). I like doodling to add details or mixing stamp sets to stretch the versatility of stamps. That’s what I did for this card inspired by the movie “I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown,” using one of my favorite puppy stamp sets from Penny Black called, “Man’s Best Friend”.

20161128_214730-1I doodled on a string of holiday lights onto the dog house and I gave the pup a Santa hat from the Lawn Fawn “Baaah Humbug” stamp set (available HERE in the UK). Then, I added a little tag-banner and stamped “Happy Howlidays” from the Lawn Fawn stamp set of the same name and decorated it with a line of present bones (from Happy Howlidays) and a red bow (from Baaah Humbug). I think the little scene came out super cute, and I don’t think anyone that receives this card would imagine that I used a non-Christmas stamp as the main image. Success!

I stamped out the images with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink (available HERE in the UK) and used the following Copic colors to color them up:
Dog shading: W0 and 1
Dog house (it’s easy to create a wood grain look by adding simple shaky line details), Santa hat, and bow: R35, 37 and 39
Dog house interior and roof: N5 and 7
Holiday lights and bows on dog bone presents: RV02, RV04, YG25, YG07, B01
Dog collar and grass: YG25, 07 and 09


For the papers, I got to use up 3 scraps from my paper scrap box! I had a pale blue tiny polka dot that I die cut into a circle using the Diemond Dies circle nesting die set. I hand cut a tag-banner from a pale green slightly larger polka dot paper, and I used a larger thin paper with a blue and green paisley for the background. Lastly, to add some texture and interest, I added Liquid Applique that I heated with my heat tool to make the Santa hat white trim soft and fluffy, Glossy Accents to all the holiday lights, and a coating of black Glaze pen on the dogs eyes and nose.

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Penny Black and More Anything Christmas Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Christmas to Die For Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with an Optional Sentiment Challenge
Just Keep on Creating Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Purple Frog Magic of Christmas Challenge
Craft Your Passion Anything Goes Challenge
Seven Hills Crafts Christmas Song, Movie or Carole November Challenge




MFT Color Challenge #58




MFT Sketch Challenge #308








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