Hi there stampers!  It has been a while since I’ve done a blog post or made a video.  A couple weeks ago I had a milestone birthday so my husband planned a surprise trip to Peru to celebrate.  I have been traveling out of the country the last couple weeks but am happy to be back in my stamp studio.

For today’s card I am using a new stamp set from Tim Holtz called Crazy Dogs.  This set was part of a special release by Simon Says Stamp but is now also available for individual purchase from many sites including Amazon where I got mine.  I knew I had to have this set because I love dogs and the images in this set are just so darn adorable.  

I started with two pieces of watercolor paper that I treated with my embossing buddy because I knew I’d be heat embossing the images to watercolor later.  I stamped the water bowl, tennis ball, and bone in a random pattern using Versamark ink on one of the watercolor papers and heat set the images with white embossing powder to create my own patterned paper.  I then stamped the dog image using Versamark ink onto the other piece of watercolor card towards the lower right hand corner because I knew I would be making a window type card.  
After heat setting all the images, I got out my distress inks and started watercoloring.  For the patterned paper piece, I colored the images with the following distress inks:  squeezed lemonade, cracked pistachio, blueprint sketch, pumice stone, and stormy sky for the background.  For the dog I used gathered twigs for the body and antique linen for his snout.  I added some ink splatters using black soot ink on the card front.

After watercoloring both pieces, I used one of the dies from the retired circles framelits from Stampin Up and cut out the circle window from the card front and the card base which was made with thick whisper white cardstock.  I then glued a strip of basic black cardstock to the card base leaving a small sliver of the white showing and then adhered the watercolor panel making sure to align up the circle windows.  I then glued the dog piece into the inside of the card.  I stamped the sentiment from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in Versamark ink onto some basic black cardstock and heat set that with white embossing powder.  I cut the sentiment down and adhered to the front of the card using foam adhesive.  That finished the card.

To watch the video I created on how to make this card, you can watch on my YouTube Channel HERE, or watch below:

 photo SHOP LINK.png