Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Doggy Congratulations

A neighbour asked me to create a card for a 60th birthday for a lady breeding chihuahuas. As I don't have any chihuahua stamp (you see, I'm more with the bigger dogs, I've got an Australian Shephard), I used these little guys and told them to line up... a hard thing to do for those bubbly doggies! They squabbled a little bit about who had the prettiest flower, but finally, I hope, they'll make some fine congrats!

The dogs are stamped with black Memories ink onto watercolor paper, then watercolored in the layering technique. This means that you start with very much water and only a very little bit of colour, then dry this layer and add some more color but only on parts of the light-colored area. Then dry again, add some more color on a little part and so on. You can achieve wonderful color shades with this technique, it only needs some patience. You can speed up the drying process with your heat tool.
Noses and belly buttons were colored with a black marker (again, some patience is needed, I was a little bit too early with the last dog's belly button, so it flew a little bit). I added some mini Prima flowers with mini brads onto the stamped flowers and attached the panel to brown cardstock, pawprint designer paper and finally added a sentiment (congratulations) and two mini paw-print stickers with the numbers 60.

Okay, doggies, and now please the barking choir: Hap-bark woof-day woof you...

1 comment:

Sankari W. said...

Your friend is so lucky to receive such a beautifully personalized birthday card (that is the sweetest thing to have 60 in pawprints!) The flowers are such a sweet touch! Love all the techniques that you do!