My nephew is a summer baby (well, maybe not a baby — he’s turning 25 this week), and I wanted to make him a whimsical card with a line of dogs conga dancing, as he’s an avid dog lover (like his aunt). I made this monochromatic card by layering several patterned papers that I die cut out, and I stamped and fussy cut out puppies that were simply heat embossed, rather than Copic colored (my normal go-to).
The plaid papers I used came from an old DCWV paper collection called “The Alphabet Stack,” and I cut around the actual alphas on the papers so that the patterns could really shine (one of them is actually glittered). I used the smallest of the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Edges die set to cut out the background plaid layer, and I used the second largest of the My Favorite Things Die-Namics Stitched Rectangles STAX die set to cut out the background softer plaid pattern behind the pups. I also used the stitched rectangles die set to create a white card stock frame to set off the inner softer plaid background from the bolder dark plaid background as well as to frame the focal point dancing puppies.
For those puppies, I used Momento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink to stamp out the three smallest pups from the Penny Black “Man’s Best Friend” stamp set and used Recollections Clear Embossing Powder to give them a bit of shine and a slightly raised finish. I hand fussy cut all of them out with a tiny white border all around them. I also used Momento Luxe in Love Letter Red ink to stamp out a tiny butterfly from the same stamp set and used more clear embossing powder to give it a matching shine and finish. I thought it would be funny to add that last pup looking in the wrong direction, distracted by the butterfly (our dogs are often so easily distracted I knew my nephew would get a kick out of this). I popped all of these critters up on foam dots to add to the dimension and interest on the card.
I also heat embossed the sentiment on the card front that reads, “HOT Diggety DAWG,” which is from the CAS-ual Fridays Stamp Set called “Exclamations.” The inside liner sheet is made from left-over scraps of the patterned plaid papers, an extra dancing pup, and a birthday sentiment from the My Favorite Things “Lucky Dog” stamp set, which reads, “WOOFING YOU A HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”
The following is a process video, sharing how I made this card:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Creatalicious Anything Goes Challenge with Optional Red White and Blue
Penny Black and More For the Boys Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Use Plaid Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Crafty Gals Do It For the Dudes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Twist Monochrome Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Card Mania Summer Fun Challenge
MFT Sketch Challenge #341 (tweaked to be horizontal)