Happiness is a Warm Puppy….Words 2 Craft By Part 2

Hello!  There’s still time left for our monthly challenge over at Words 2 Craft By with the”Happiness is a Warm Puppy” theme – I made Halloween cards this time around.  Below is the link and we’d love for you to play along:




I wanted to share a fun technique I came across some time ago by Karen Burniston of Elizabeth Craft Designs.  She calls it “Modeling Paste Backgrounds”.  Click here to watch her video:

In a nutshell, you add modeling or embossing paste to your embossing folder to get 3 different backgrounds.  If you want to try this, you definitely need to watch Karen’s demonstration first.  I decided to try this technique with my paw prints embossing folder.   This is how the embossing folder looked – I apologize that the photo isn’t crisp, but you get the idea.


These are my 3 backgrounds – I think they’re cool and especially love the texture of the first one!  Left to right, they are my first pass-through in the Big Shot, then the 2nd and 3rd. 


Here are my Crazy (Cairn Terrier) Dogs, based on my own dogs, Brody (L) and Candi  – you might recognize the Pirate from my first Happiness is a Warm Puppy post – he had a leaf on his head.  I included a separate picture of Candi since her head was covered up with the witch’s hat.  I used distress inks to color the dogs and accessories.







I‘d like to show you the real-life Cairn Terriers who inspired my Crazy Dogs (this pic is several years old):


That’s Brody on the left;  he just turned 13 and we’ve had him since he was a puppy.  Candi was our little rescue girl that we got when she was around 3.  Sadly, she went to the Rainbow Bridge earlier this year, not long after her 10th “birthday.”   I love this pic because Brody looks so proud – like that’s HIS little woman – LOL!  My Crazy Dog version of her was lighter gray because that’s how she was as she aged.  I miss her so.

Back to the cards….I used the first pass background for  my Candi card.  While the embossing paste was still wet, I added Clear Rock Candy distress glitter. 




The 2nd pass background was the Brody card:


I did make a simple card using the 3rd background.   Since this was the last one to go through the Big Shot, I had to add a shim to get the rest of the embossing paste onto the paper.












That about covers it . Thank you for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments 🙂

Playing along in the following challenges:













16 thoughts on “Happiness is a Warm Puppy….Words 2 Craft By Part 2

  1. Marty,

    These backgrounds are amazing, and I loved reading about Candi and Brodi. How sweet…

    A question for you: What do you use to clean your embossing folders after they’ve been through the Big Shot?

    Thanks so much for making these mid-challenge cards for us at W2CB! You rock!!!!


    • Thank you, Sybrina! I soak the embossing folder in warm, soapy water and let soak for an hour or so while I’m crafting. Sometimes I need to scrub it a little to get all of the paste out – well worth the effort, in my opinion!


  2. Such fantastic creations ! Awesome backgrounds I love them.
    Candi was beautiful, both are ❤️ They always leave a huge hole when they pass.
    Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp this week x


  3. Dear Marty, You have stolen my heart with all your pup creations, and these are extra special to me! I love your embossing folder technique results, but sadly, my (stupid) computer refuses to load all the photos, so I can’t see the how to. I will have to check back when my laptop is in a better mood. Fortunately, I do see the end result, and these are adorable! thank you for sharing them with us at Emerald Creek Dares. Hugs! Sara Emily DT


  4. Hi Sara Emily, thank you so much, I appreciate your comments! For the how-to, go to You Tube and search for Karen Burniston Modeling Paste Backgrounds. I tried to add the link in this comment, but it was a mess – LOL!


  5. Marty, you made such fun creations out of your paw folder technique. Your puppy takes are as adorable as your real life cuties. Thanks for joining in this month’s Emerald Creek Dare.


    • Hi Ike, thank you so much for all of your sweet comments…I appreciate them!! Those dogs are from the Tim Holtz Crazy Dog stamp set and were drawn by Kristina Werner. She did an amazing job and I was so glad she made one that looked like a terrier. It truly is sad when a furry best friend leaves us…


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