Thursday, June 28, 2018

Simple Pug Dog Cards Loaded with Personality!

Hey Topflight fans! As my last design team project post, I wanted to share some doggy cards. The adorable Pug dog from the Carabelle-Studio "To Be Or Not To Be" stamp set has such personality, I knew the moment I saw it, that it would be perfect for a slew of occasions for any dog lover.

For my first card, the hipster glasses and the adorable wrinkles on the Pug's forehead, seemed to scream out for a partial, top-only stamping with a cute accompanying saying, "Just popping up to say..." with the inside of the card saying, "Happy Birthday!" (or it could be finished off with so many other sayings, like "Hello!" or "Surprise!") (the sentiments are from the Neat & Tangled "Out of the Box" stamp set). I kept the vast majority of the card front crisp white, and Copic colored the image, including reflection lines on the eye glasses with a Uniball Signo White Gel Pen. I also added Black Sakura Glaze pen for the eye glass frames and Ranger Glossy Accents for the eye glasses.

For the second card, I wanted to play off the concerned expression of the Pug so I used a sentiment from the Mama Elephant "In My Heart" stamp set that says: "MISS YOU more than just a little." Because I wanted to keep this card super simple, I used VersaMark Ink and Ranger Super Fine Black Embossing Powder to stamp the image and the sentiment. 

Then, to add a pop of color, I heat embossed a little heart by the sentiment and the eye glass frames with Ranger Adirondack Brights Watermelon Pigment Ink and clear embossing powder. This bit was somewhat tricky in that I had to hand fussy cut the inside and outside of the eye glass frames and then heat emboss this tiny, delicate piece; but it was well worth the extra effort for this added dimension and interest.

For the third and final card, again, compliments the Pug dog's worried expression. This time, I stamped the dog head at an angle at the lower right corner of the card front and doodled in the top part of his body with Copic Multiliner Pens in 0.1 pt and 0.03 pt. Then I Copic colored the full image, adding Uniball Signo White Gel Pen reflection marks on the glasses. Then I used the "So Sorry I Forgot!" sentiment from the Gerda Steiner Designs "Howl Are You?" stamp set. The inside card liner is stamped with "Happy  Birthday," and "BELATED" both also from the same Gerda Steiner set. For a bit of whimsy, I spaced out the words so that I could use a Red Ultra Fine Point Sharpie marker to add a red carrot to indicate the insertion of the "BELATED".

It's been an honor to be on the Topflight Stamps design team. I had such a wonderful time. I hope you've enjoyed my projects along the way as much as I've enjoyed creating and sharing them with you all. If you're interested in more details about the products I've used on these cards or a process video of crafting them, please check out my blog post HERE

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE these cuties! Your cards are cheerful and looks amazing!


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