Hello! It’s the first of the month and that means it’s time for another challenge over at Craft-Dee BowZ! The challenge is always “Anything Goes and Include a Handmade Bow.” Our sponsor this month is Cute as a Button. Head over to Craft-Dee BowZ for more details and for some wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.
For my project, I chose the adorable “New Year Yorkie Sassy Digital Stamp.”
I wanted to have 2 Yorkie’s, so I printed several images, then enlarged it so both dogs would fit and re-printed on a scrap from my stash. My scraps of paper are from the retired “100 Days of Summer” collection from Simple Stories. I love this paper and was happy I had enough left over for my project. All of my coloring was done with Distress Inks and the eyes and noses were covered in glossy accents. I added extra hair bows for dimension.
The original image has the dog’s feet hanging over the cup and some holly on the handle, so I needed to cover those up.
I added the yellow gingham ribbon (thank you, Donna!) and trim from a paper doily and inked them with Vintage Photo. The Butterfly Accessory dies are from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The body of the butterfly has a few layers of Vintage Photo Distress embossing powder, and the lacy wings are embossed with Broken China. It’s hard to tell, but I embossed the lacy corners with Dried Marigold, but didn’t like it and embossed over that with Broken China. I edged around it with my Nougat Pitt Big Brush Marker.
I was having a hard time making the butterfly work with the 3rd layer until I decided to add a ribbon (thank you, Donna!) and then adhered the lacy wing to another lacy wing with the cut-out pieces intact…then it was just right. Of course, I made that adorable triple-loop bow with the bow tool, which you can get here. You can make so many different sizes of bows to fit your project. I prefer larger bows, but my design got a bit too busy for that, so I was happy to be able to make the perfect size for my card.
For my background, I decided to get out my neglected stash of Shimmer Sheetz (from Elizabeth Craft Designs). If you’re not familiar, these are sheets of Mylar and are available in a variety of colors and 3 finishes – do check out this short video from Elizabeth Crafts to see how beautiful and versatile this product is. I used a sheet with an iris (iridescent) coating and after embossing in one of my Anna Griffin Mix and Match embossing folders, I used my sanding block to reveal the white underneath. I did end up sanding it a little more after this pic was taken.
To finish up, I added the “Thinking of You” which are peel-offs and also from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The red gingham paper is the reverse side of the blue floral, and I placed a doily underneath. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the top and bottom borders.
That pretty much sums it up. Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave comments. Have a great day!
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