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Howdy-doo!  We have Easter right around the corner, but in my family that means we have several birthdays too!  Today I had to take a break from my Easter projects and concentrate on Birthday cards.  I used my City Critters digi set from Sunsational Stamps and used the adorable pup.  I printed it both the way it is intended and I also flipped the image so I would have two pups facing one another.  When I colored them with my alcohol markers, I used my pup and my “grand” pup as the inspiration.  😉

City Critters Birthday Card

I used my Elizabeth Craft Design‘s balloon and party hat stamps and dies from her Happy Bird-day set to turn these two little cuties into party animals.

I created the background using a stencil I created (that I use ALL the time) one end is a hilly edge and the other is a cloudy edge.  I used Peeled Paint Distress ink and Tumbled Glass Distress ink (they are my landscape Go-To colors) and sponged them over the stencil. It is quick and easy and adds a subtle background.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was die cut using Tim Holtz Thinlits Celebration Words dies.  First I backed a piece of cardstock with a sheet of double-faced tape, then I cut the words out exactly how I wanted them on the card.  In the picture below you will see how I place the letters to keep them perfectly spaced and even.

How to line up letters perfectly.

I held the negative space down with a couple of pieces of Washi tape on the card exactly where I wanted the words.  Then I proceeded to, one by one, remove the backing to expose the sticky side then placed the letter back in its spot.  Press the letters down and remove the negative space.  Voila!  Perfectly placed letters.

Close up of Puppy Card.

I added the party hats and balloons to my pups.  I hand drew the balloon string and bows.  I matted the front of the card onto more of the teal cardstock that I cut the letters out with.  Finally I attached this to the card base and called it done!

Please click Here to get to the City Critters Digi set, and while you are there look around the store, there are so many adorable sets to choose from.  Sunsational carries both digi and clear stamps for all your crafting needs.

I hope you have been inspired by today’s card.  Please stop by often and see the fabulous creations from all the Design Team Members!

Happy Scrappin’