Hello spring! The weather here in Georgia has turned gorgeous, and I’ve got spring fever! Although my sweet 17+ years old Biscuit is too frail to go for walks, before the sweltering heat of the Hotlanta summer comes, I am taking full advantage of the perfect weather and taking long daily walks with our super cute Bandito (who is just shy of 6 years old).

To commemorate this moment in time, I created a card featuring Bandito popping out from behind a door, ready to jump out and go for a stroll. I created the card front using the IndigoBlu “Country House” Stamp and cut open the right side of the double doors with an X-Acto blade to create an opening for the happy-go-lucky pup from JessicaOriginals Shih Tzu Stamp Set.

I used the following Arteza Fineliner 0.4 pt Ink Pens softened with Arteza water brush to color up both the country house doorway and the pup (note, as the pens do not have names or numbers, I am providing descriptions I made up for the colors from the 72 pen set and you can get a better sense of the actual markers used in the video where I show the colored pen lids as I color):
Havanese pup: light gray, medium brown, tan with red and burgundy for the tongue
Door: burgundy, medium brown and tan
Glass in lamps and transom: light blue gray
Stone walls: dark gray, medium gray
Ivy: dark forest green, green and light green
Topiaries: medium green, citrus green, and lemon green
Boot scrapper and lamps: gold and yellow
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I fussy cut the pup (shortening the ears to look more like my Bandito) and inked the edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker and secured it with tape at the base and right behind the doorway. I popped the pup’s head up on double sided foam dots in front of the left door to create a little dimension and give the sense of the puppy actually coming out from the house. To reinforce the feeling of spring and add some unexpected texture, I also glued on a bunch of small resin nail art flowers to the two topiaries flanking the doorway. I also added Glossy Accents to the glass window above the door, the glass of the lamps, and the puppy’s eyes and nose for some shine.

For the sentiment, I used the Neat & Tangled “Out of the Box” Stamp Set. Above the door, I curved the sentiment, “Just popping up to say…” using the MISTI tool to echo the curve of the lunette above the double doors. Below the scene, I stamped the bold “Hello!” Lastly I mounted the card front on a black card base (I thought the black would add a crispness to the card) with fun foam to give the card a bit more dimension. I cut out the area of the open door from the fun foam before gluing it onto the back of the card front, and before gluing that mounted card front to the card base, I added a scrap of pink vellum to the area of the card base that would show through the open doorway to add just a hint of color without distracting from the already very busy scene.

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!

The following is a process video of creating this whole card:

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Ink It Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Crafter’s Castle Anything Goes with Optional Dimensional Projects Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Use Vellum Challenge
Fab ‘n’ Funky Cute Critters Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Add Some Texture Challenge
Card Mania Spring Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Friends/Friendship Challenge

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