Sunday, September 30, 2018

Here Comes Santi-Paws!

Today's card design came to me when I realized that the spotted Dachshund from the Katzelkraft Dogs Stamp Set looked like the sweet pup, Max, from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas." I thought that with the sleigh from the Katzelkraft Sleigh Stamp Set and a pile of presents that I could make from the presents under the tree from the Katzelkraft Sleigh Stamp Set and the presents from the Katzelkraft Funny Accessories Stamp Set, I could create a fun slider assembly. 

I first Copic colored all the images and fussy cut out all the pieces I wanted to include. Then with a bit of doodling for the faux reindeer antler and a little craft surgery to foreshorten Max's body and keep his ears flapping free, I put together Max riding in a sleigh filled with Christmas presents. 

I wanted to keep the card background simple so as not to distract from the main puppy act so I simply blended on some Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass and Broken China and then punched out some clouds using some Fiskars punches. The slider mechanism was easy too. I used some Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside dies to create one long wavy snowy hillside on some heavy weight card stock. Because the slider assembly was so large, I wanted the sliding distance long enough to appreciate the interactive element so I made the card 4" x 8.5".

I used a metal ruler and an X-Acto blade to cut out a slider opening almost the full length of the hillside. I then attached small, but thick, foam dots to a scrap of heavy weight cardstock and lined it up so that the foam dots would come through the slider opening. Then I popped up the entire outside edges of the snowy hillside piece with thick foam dots (if you only have fun foam or thinner foam dots, you can double them up). Then I attached the doggy sleigh assembly to the small foam dots from the front of the slider opening.

As often happens to me, I forgot to stamp my sentiment onto the snowy hillside before putting the whole card together. Because now the hillside was too unevenly popped up to stamp on, I simply wrote out with a Distress Marker in Black Soot, "Here comes Santi-Paws!" in the lower left corner. 

The slider mechanism works perfectly, and I think the Grinch-loving recipient will really enjoy this fun, interactive card. If you're interested in more details about the products used to create this card or to watch a process video, please check out my blog post HERE. Thanks for joining me today for my last Topflight Stamps - Katzelkraft Stamps guest designer post!


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