I created a quick, clean and simple card to share with you today featuring an adorable puppy. Sometimes I just want to make something cute!
I started by stamping one of the puppies and one of the balls from Honey Bee Stamps‘ Puppy Love stamp set, which has unfortunately just retired, but you could use any other puppy stamps you may have. I stamped with MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, masked off the ball, and restamped it slightly to the right and slightly rotated without adding any more ink. This is known as second generation stamping. I shifted my mask and repeated the process, keeping going until there was no ink left at all. I was aiming to give the impression that the ball is rolling.
Having completed my stamping I moved the mask for the ball onto the first ball impression – the first generation – and also masked off the puppy. I then took a strip of post-it tape and used it to mask my card base so that I could ink in the bottom most portion of my cream card base.
I then used an ink blending brush and some Mowed Lawn Distress ink for my ink blending. I tried to keep the inking fairly soft. Once I was happy with it I switched to my smallest tipped ink blending brush and increased the depth of colour in the shadow areas. With that done I removed all of my masks.
After some consultation with friends I decided that this particular puppy is probably a Boston Terrier, and so I tried to colour it as such. I used my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers and coloured the darker areas of the puppy with my darkest Earth Browns, which are EB7, EB4 and EB2. I then coloured the lighter areas with golden browns in GB4, GB2 and a touch of FS9. I went for pink with the ball, using AP3, AP1 and PP5. I wanted my moving impressions of the ball to have a little colour, too. I used PP2 for the middle ball, and PP1 for the lightest.
Finally I used my We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper to round the bottom corners of the card base.
I’ve never tried implying motion like this, but I think it works okay. What do you think? I’m imagining that the pup ran at the ball and slid along his tummy to knock it along! I’m not sure how well that translates. Still, I think it is a cute, simple little scene. The stamp set doesn’t have any sentiments so I left this card without any. Honey Bee Stamps does have a stamp set called Friends FURever which has some great punny sentiments that would work wonderfully with these pups. I may have to get it at some point!
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