Get Well Soon Card – Dog Themed

My dad has recently had an operation, so to make him feel a little brighter I thought I’d make him a card.

Stamp Choice

I decided upon a dog theme – he’s a real softie for dogs – and dutifully ploughed through all my stamps, inspecting them one by one to find the ‘perfect’ stamp set.  I settled upon 2 stamp sets.  The Inkadinkado ‘Dogs’ Clear Stamp set was a definite.

Inkadinkado Dogs Clear Stamp Set

Inkadinkado Dogs Clear Stamp Set – Picture Description: 7 dog images (one head, 6 full body) with a variety of pattern designs on them. Also, a paw-print and a bone. Sentiments read “Having a RRRuff Day”, “Bark!” and “Woof”.

I fell in love with the sentiment ‘Having A RRRuff Day”, and knew I wanted to use it.  I really liked that it was a wavy sentiment, rather than a straight line. I also wanted to use the dog on the top left of the stamp set.  It is a dog lying down sideways, with his head on the right hand side looking straight at you.

While I loved these stamps, I wanted to make sure I included ‘Get Well Soon”.  I found one I liked, in the Personal Impressions clear stamp set ‘Big Sentiments’.  This stamp set has a good range of sentiments.  I like that it mixes both basic, non-cursive fonts with more elegant, cursive fonts.  The ‘Get Well Soon’ sentiment in this set has ‘GET WELL’ in upper case, non-cursive, and underneath, the word ‘soon’ in lower case, cursive font

Personal Impressions 'Big Sentiments' Clear Stamp Set - Image Description: Sentiments stamp set, with a variety of sentiments, including"Get Well Soon", "Thank You" and "Good Luck".  The words use a mixture of cursive and non-cursive fonts.

Personal Impressions ‘Big Sentiments’ Clear Stamp Set – Image Description: Sentiments stamp set, with a variety of sentiments, including”Get Well Soon”, “Thank You” and “Good Luck”. The words use a mixture of cursive and non-cursive fonts.

Card Base

For a card base, I used a sheet of 300 gsm A5 white card, folded in half to create an A6 sized card (measurements: 148mm x 105mm, or 6.25″ x 4.5″).  I have an enormous amount of this 300 gsm card from a previous project (my wedding invites), so I’m going to be glad to use up the leftover card as I did go a little nuts when ordering (better to have too much than too little, I think).

The biggest issue I came across was accurately cutting paper to fit the card.  I am currently using the Fiskars paper trimmer (the 30cm version), which has an arm that folds out.  I have reviewed this trimmer here, and while in general it does the job, i am definitely on the look out for a better solution.

Background

I cut a piece of paper from My Mind’s Eye ‘Charm’ designer paper pad, which fitted the entire front of the card, which had an aqua coloured background with white (what look like) arrow heads on.  I wanted there to be a thin border of this paper as it is a little ‘busy’ looking in large amounts, but is very pretty.  I love the muted blue-green tones it has.  I adhered it to the card base using my Scotch ATG gun.

Image Description: The sheet of paper used as the background paper to create a border of this design.

Image Description: The sheet of paper used as the background paper to create a border of this design.

On top of that, I layered a piece of solid pale aqua coloured paper from the Dovecraft ‘Colours’ paper pack.  The colour complemented the background paper nicely, and toned down the ‘busy’ pattern.  This sheet was cut to give an (approximately) 2mm border around the outside, so I subtracted 4mm from both the length and width measurements of the whole card front when cutting this piece..

Lining up the paper to give an even border around the whole card is something I have to make peace with never achieving.  I think it is something that is difficult to do for even the most experienced of card-makers.  I hope that as I progress in confidence and ability, that it does become a little easier.  For now, I am content with approximating the boarder.  I shall produce a step-by-step guide to how I approach aligning my papers in a future post.

Main Image

Next, I tackled the main image.  Because I wanted a ‘toned down’ look on the card, I chose to use a watercolour paper to stamp the dog onto.  I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink in ‘Cup O’Joe’ for the focal image.  I then ‘fussy cut’ the dog from the watercolour paper (which took a very long time). I decided I wanted a bit of ‘height’ on the card, so attached foam adhesive on the back of the dog, and attached it to another piece of watercolour paper.

I used a ‘cloud’ cutting die (Lawn Fawn, Puffy Cloud Dies)  as a bit of a template to create a thought bubble that appears to be off the page.  I placed the cutting die at an angle in the top left corner of the square of watercolour paper I’d put my cut out dog onto, and used to as a guide to draw the curvy lines of the thought bubble as I know my free hand drawing is not the best.  I think you can see that when you see the 2 circles I drew travelling from the dog’s head to the thought bubble to connect them.  I stamped the bone, from the same stamp set as the dog, in Hero Arts Mid Tone ink in Pool at random points in the thought bubble.  I liked the idea of the dog having a ‘rruff’ day because he was thinking of bones but didn’t have one.

Once this was complete, I adhered the whole dog image onto a sheet of paper from the same set as the background – it reminded me a little of a cloudy sky which I thought would be a nice compliment to the thought bubble.  Then, I adhered that panel towards the top of the pale aqua layer of the card.

Image Description: A close up view of the focal image, a dog with a thought bubble above his head which has bones inside it.

Image Description: A close up view of the focal image, a dog with a thought bubble above his head which has bones inside it.

Sentiment

I wanted the sentiment to be below the main image, which is why I chose to put the main image towards the top of the card.  For the sentiment I stamped it in Hero Arts Mid Tone ink, ‘Wet Cement’, again on watercolour paper.  It was more difficult to get the ‘get well soon’ element in place that I thought.  I was hoping for it to nestle nicely underneath the curve of the ‘rrruff’ word.  It just did not look right, but I was determined to use the sentiment.  I think with hindsight I may have stamped the dog directly underneath the sentiment, and had ‘get well soon’ somewhere else entirely.  However, I think I did the best of a bad choice on my part, and stamped it a little lower than originally planned, and it does look OK.

Finally, I cut the sentiment down into a flag-banner shape (a rectangle with a triangle notch taken out of one side), then used foam adhesive to attach this to the card.  I knew I was going to be hand delivering the card, and I love the look of things over-hanging the design, so I placed the flag-banner so that the banner end overhung my around 2cm.

Image Description: A close up view of the bottom of the card, which shows a banner that says 'having a rrruff day? Get Well Soon'.

Image Description: A close up view of the bottom of the card, which shows a banner that says ‘having a rrruff day? Get Well Soon’.

Finishing Touches And End Result

I couldn’t resist a tiny bit of sparkle, so added a tiny bit of shimmer with my Wink Of Stella pen in clear, just to the dog’s nose.  It is very subtle.

I was really pleased with the overall card.  Yes, there are things I would have done differently.  I think the thing that stands out to me is the big space between the two sentiments.  Perhaps stamping a little paw-print would have tied it all together.

I hope you like the final design 🙂

Kate

Picture Description: A top down view of the dog themed 'Get Well Soon' card I made for my dad.

Picture Description: A top down view of the dog themed ‘Get Well Soon’ card I made for my dad.

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