So we adopted a wee Romanian Rescue doggo last November (our gorgeous Bentley) who has had a terrible first 2 years of his life living on the streets where he’s been abused, possibly knocked over by a car (we found out when we had him checked by a Vet that not only had he at some point broken his spine, he also had a broken pelvis which hadn’t healed) and basically our sweet boy has been through the wars. We were more than willing to give him his first and forever home along with all the love we can muster. Delighted to say he is no longer in pain and he’s coming out of his shell and is a happy little doggo who is currently sleeping at my feet ❤️
The charity who gave us our gorgeous Godsend occasionally has auctions selling things they’ve been donated to raise funds. I made these little sets about a year ago which I’m going to donate and hopefully they get a couple of quid for each of them and this will go towards some food for the Rescues they have that are waiting for their forever families.
So here is how I made them…
I decided to make 10 sets, with 8 cards per set, 4 designs each set.
The first thing I needed to do was pick some themes for each set. I decided on:-
- 2 x Sweet Treats set
- 2 x Tropical set
- 1 x Hearts set
- 1 x Ocean set
- 1 x Owls set
- 1 x Dogs set
- 1 x Plants set
- 1 x cute little soldiers set
So I stamped all the images I needed, coloured them in using a mixture of Promarkers and Arteza watercolour brush pens, then cut them out. I also cut some additional die-cuts as I wanted a lot of these to be dimensional so they stood out on the cards. I didn’t have the co-ordinating dies for some of the sets so had to do some fussy cutting which is NOT my favourite thing so because some of my pictures didn’t have the matching dies, I decided to put the fussy-cut ones on foam pads rather than have to fussy cut loads of characters! One of the victims of my point-blank refusal to do more cutting ended up being the ocean-themed set; I realised I didn’t have the matching dies for most of these so ended up scrapping them and doing 2 hearts sets instead (it was a lot easier using a heart punch!)
Once I’d done this, I needed to cut out some small squares which I could dry emboss using several different embossing folders. I cut 80 3×3″ squares then got a production line going to emboss them all. This was not as tedious as I thought it would be and even slightly therapeutic!
I then cut out coloured panels which were 3.5 x 3.5″ to which I could stick the embossed squares. I stuck all my die cuts together and ended up with this pile.
After using a tape runner (thank God for tape runners) to stick the white embossed panels to the coloured panels, I added the die cuts to each one and formed the sets. I then moved onto the sentiments and decided I’d use a few different ones. I stamped, cut and outlined them all using coordinating coloured ink pads so they’d stand out against the white then stuck these on where I thought they would look best.
I then spent what felt like an age sticking all of these down to 4×4″ card panels. I bought the panels rather than made my own just for ease and to be honest as they came with envelopes this was more time & cost-effective.
The next step was to make some boxes/bags for each set to go in. I had a look around YouTube and found these fab little acetate boxes on The Posh Paper Lady channel. I thought these would be perfect since it would show the cards off as well as looking proper cute! So I got to making these which was a lot less fiddly than I thought it would be. Her instructions are so easy to follow – I urge you to follow her channel – she is amazing! I made the lids out of some coloured card and then the bows using my envelope punch board.
So that’s how I made my little notecard sets. I hope they sell!
- All coloured and white card from Papermill Direct
- STAMPS & DIES used:-
- London Mouse – MFT
- Year 3 (cake stamp) – Lawn Fawn
- Treat Yourself (ice cream tub) – Lawn Fawn
- Admit One (ice cream cone) – Lawn Fawn
- Donut Worry – Lawn Fawn
- Polynesian Paradise (parrot, toucan, hibiscus & pineapple) – MFT
- I’m Owl Yours – MFT
- Lucky Dog – MFT
- Plant stamp & die set – from Wish
- 1″ heart punch from Fiskars
- Promarkers in Canary, Lemon, Gold, Amber, Mandarin, Ginger, Ruby, Berry Red, Carmine, Cocktail Pink, Bluebell, Aegean, Lush Green, Mint Green, Lime Green, Pear Green, Olive Green, Terracotta, Cocoa, Black
- Arteza Brush Markers in Bubblegum Pink, Bubble Bath Pink, Tawny, Ginger, Ash Black, Red, Parma Grey, Lemon Yellow, Grape Purple, Chocolate, Dolphin Grey
- Embossing Folders:
- Sashiko (semi-circles) – Sara Signature/Crafters Companion
- Woodgrain, Hearts, Tropical Leaves, Flowers, Sprinkles – free with magazines or cheap on eBay
- Polka Dots – Design Objectives Ltd.
- 4×4″ card bases & envelopes – Hobbycraft
If you are in the UK and are thinking of fostering/adopting a doggo that needs some love in their life, or you are just interested finding out more about these adorable rescue dogs, please visit The Responsible Dog Rescue page on Facebook.