Hi Stamping Friends!
I recently created some cards for a local store here in Fort Wayne called Memories of You, and one of the styles of cards they wanted was Loss of a Pet cards. Well, I didn't have any good dog stamp images, so I improvised by creating a punched paw print card, and I thought they turned out really well! Let me know what you think!
I had lots of leftover Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper from Sale-A-Bration, so I selected three colors of small printed patterns for the backgrounds of my paw print focal points.
CASEd from Claudia Perry at Stamping In Columbus, GA.
Background Layers—I kept the background pretty simple and just added some Decorative Dots embossed texture to a strip of 1-1/2" x 5-1/2" Pool Party card stock to match the card base. I like this tone-on-tone look.
Punched Paw Print—After a little experimenting, I determined that the Whisper White punched piece works perfectly when it's about 3-1/4" square. That allows just enough room to make all those Small Oval punches at the angle necessary.
I started by punching the center ovals first, coming in from the sides nearly as far as the punch would let me. Then, I tilted the punch and adjusted its positioning to punch the outer ovals.
The heart-shape base of the paw was die-cut with second smallest heart from the Hearts Collection Framelits. I tried to use the Full Heart Punch, but it wouldn't reach far enough.
Paw Layers—I added lots of Dimensionals to the back of the punched layer, so that it was raised over the 3-1/2" square piece of Sweet Sorbet DSP. I liked the way the patterned paper created a border around the paw. I matted the piece on a 3-5/8" square piece of Basic Black for an elegant framed look.
Of course, I had to add a retiring Large Rhinestone Jewels for a little sparkle. It helps to indicate that the paw print is extra-special.
Finishing Touches—Before adhering it to the card front, I added a little piece of the Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon to the focal point.
The sentiment is from the retiring So Sorry stamp set, which I'm so sorry is leaving because it works for every kind of sympathy card you can possibly imagine. I know I won't be able to let go of mine. Unfortunately, this set is already sold out in both clear and wood mount.
Inside Details—I don't take the time to finish the insides of my cards nearly enough, but I definitely wanted to for these commissioned cards. I added a matching strip of Sweet Sorbet DSP and a little paw print from a non-Stampin' Up! set to accent the second part of the So Sorry sentiment.
A second version in Crisp Cantaloupe.
A third version in Pistachio Pudding. Which color do you like best?
Complete Supplies List (retiring item in red):
- Stamps—So Sorry (wood)
- Ink—Basic Black Classic Ink
- Paper—retired Sweet Sorbet Sale-A-Bration DSP; Pool Party (card #1), Crisp Cantaloupe (card #2), Pistachio Pudding (card #3), Basic Black and Whisper White card stock
- Accessories—Basic Black 3/4" Chevron Ribbon, Large Rhinestones
- Tools—Hearts Collection Framelits, Decorative Dots Texture Impressions Folder, Big Shot, Small Oval Punch, Dimensionals, SNAIL
*Retiring items are while supplies last through June 4. If you click the link and it doesn't go to the item, it is most likely already sold out.
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