Papercrafting Gifts

Papercrafting Christmas Presents, Part 1

Hello Friends.  Thanks for stopping by.  As we near the holiday season and begin thinking about gifts for loved ones, don't forget that we have our hobby affords us the opportunity to create gifts that are unique and personalized.  My niece is a brand new veterinarian and she was so dismayed and upset when her first pet patient died.  I thought she would feel better if she had a lovely card to send the patient's owner so I pulled out all my pet stamps and dies and started creating cards.  The primary stamp set I used is Taylored Expressions' Care & Comfort - Pets:

Care_comfort-pets And here are two TE die sets I used:

Buildadoghouse

Doghouseaccessories For this card I embossed the background with the Puppy Paws (my name) embossing folder from Marianne.

Our-pets-teach-pink-bedOur Pets Teach – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Frame in Frame 1; design inspired by Kim Singdahlsen

Adding a little heart to the card's corner is a loving touch.

Our-pets-love-bedOur Pets Love – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories and Grass Border; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Stephanie Kraft

This card has multiple layers.  The scalloped frame in the background is topped with brown and red layers and finally another kraft layer embossed with hearts. I used more embossing too on the little ball (TE embossing folder Weathered) and the doghouse (Bead Board).

DoghouseDoghouse – Taylored Expressions dies Build a Doghouse and Stitched Banner Stacklets; Taylored Expressions embossing folders Bead Board and Weathered; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Cuttlebug embossing folder Hearts; Impression Obsession die 6-in-1 Rectangle Frame; Paper Smooches die Dog Icons; design inspired by Kendra Wietstock

For this card I used brighter colors, multiple layers and embossing in the background.

Our-pets-striped-paperOur Pets Striped Paper – Taylored Expressions dies Stitched Bracket Stacklets and Stitched Frame Stacklets 1; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Lifestyle Crafts embossing folder; Memory Box die Glorious Hearts; Paper Smooches dies Dog Icons and Woofers and Tweeters; design inspired by Sankari Wegman

I love this card but it was a little difficult to create.  The paws were stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in white on the red heart.  Then I had to hold the heart over the front of the card face and figure out where to stamp the paws again in black, lining them up with the white paws.  It's not hard, just a little tedious.

Our-Pets-HeartOur Pets Heart – Taylored Expressions stamp and die combo set Max; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; design inspired by Taylor Van Bruggen

My first cat sympathy card features a Paper Smooches cat die (Cat Icons). 

Pink-Sitting-CatPink Cat Sitting – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Spellbinders die Hearts; Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets

I love this card.  It has been my go-to sympathy card for friend's pets.  Here's a tip on how to create it.  I cut white cardstock to 4.25" x 5.50" and then die cut it with the paws die 4 times, essentially creating a template or stencil.  Next I cut the paws from colored cardstock, keeping each paw (5 pieces) together in a little pile.  Then I placed the cardstock template over the white card and glued the paws into the openings.  This technique allows you to have the paws perfectly mounted on top of the card.

Colored-Paw-PrintsColorful Paws – Paper Smooches die Cat Icons; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause

A paw on a red heart says it all.  The heart background paper keeps with the red, white and black color format.

Red-HeartRed Heart – Spellbinders die hearts; Taylored Expressions stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Paper Smooches die Dog; Memory Box die Stitched Rectangles

Another cat card features a large walking cat with a handsome blue collar and a little bling.

Walking-CatCat Walking – Taylored Expressions die Stitched Banner Stacklets; TE stamp set Care and Comfort Pets; Poppystamps die Large Cat Walking

Gray-PawGray Paw – Paper Smooches die Dog; Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Mini Heart Collection

Watercolor-PawWatercolor Paw – Paper Smooches clear stamp set Paws for a Cause; Memory Box die Cross Stitched Rectangles; design inspired by Kecia Waters

Gray-Dog-BowlGray Dog Bowl – Taylored Expressions stamp Care and Comfort Pets; TE dies Doghouse Accessories, Build-A-Calendar 1 and Tag Stacklets 1; design inspired by Jami Sibley

Think about your friends and family and the type of cards they could use.  I am sure they would love to have a set of special cards made just for them.

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