Step by Step Tuesday: Sweet Pup Birthday

Hello my crafty friends! The show is up and running so I’m back to a somewhat normal schedule. For today’s card I used the Simon Says Stamp ‘Top Dog Birthday’ stamps set for the images and for the inside sentiment I used the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages set. I decided to go out of my comfort zone which is watercoloring an image that has a fair amount of detail with watercolors, not my real pen brushes.

I used my Mission Mijello Gold watercolors and I used a new (to me) technique of using two brushes. One to apply the color and one to use with only water to pull the color out. Since it was my first time trying this, I think it worked out pretty well. As I got more comfortable using that method, I became more confident in my coloring and I think it really starts to show once I got to the present wago. I used some Reeves paint brushes along with some much nicer ones that I don’t know the name of since they are actually my mom’s paint brushes.

Here’s my little birthday pup all completed! I think I’ll name him ‘Lucky’. Oh, I got a teddy bear this week- what should I name it? Anyway, the red was probably the easiest color to pull out than any of the other colors. Those few pieces of white you see on the dog’s contraption wound up being colored with a grey color pencil. I noticed too late. I took a black glaze pen and went over the eyes and the nose and then I used a Signo White gel pen to accent the eyes and the nose. I tried to make this card as gender neutral as possible.

For the inside of the card I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Birthday Messages set and used Versafine to stamp it. The cupcake and confetti come from the Top Dog Birthday set.  The cupcake was stamped with Distress Oxide Scattered Straw, the squiggle confetti was stamped using Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and the little green pieces of confetti were stamped with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide Ink. There is a good sized space to write in without trying to write over any of the stamped images.

On the rest of the front panel I used Recollection Gold Glitter embossing ink for the bunting and then I used Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder for the front sentiment. I then used the glitter Jelly Role pen to add some sparkle to the collar and the polka dots on his hat and the I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle brush pen in Crystal Clear to jazz up the red of the wagon and the yellow paper of the package. I just love glitter, okay? I used black and white origami paper in a houndstooth pattern as the paper beneath the painted image. This is the final product:

What do you all think? This is going to be part of a gift for someone getting married, I want them to have some cards to use as they start their lives together. One down about fifteen more to go. I hope you enjoyed today’s step by step! I’ll see you on Thursday for another technique. XO❤

“An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.”
-Charles Horton Cooley-

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