Monday, May 20, 2019

Two Puppy Pals Cards by May Guest Designer Anika Mercier

Hi Everyone! 

It's always nice to send someone special a sweet card to show them you care or to thank them for their kindness. I absolutely love the Puppy Pals Stamp Set  since it has the perfect sentiments for both occasions and a super sweet image to match! Today I'm sharing two cards I made with this stamp set one is a thank you card and the other is perfect for a special friend. 

Two Puppy Pals Cards by May Guest Designer Anika Mercier | Puppy Pals Stamp Set, Plaid Stencil Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Card One

Background 
Over the winter Newton's Nook Designs released two AMAZING stencils Plaid Stencil Set and Argyle Stencil Set which I absolutely love! I really wanted to use the Plaid Stencil Set on my cards since I think it adds so much interest and dimension. The super neat thing about these stencils is they have a very light etching on their surface so it's easy to line them up and have perfect inking every time. 

I taped down a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and used Tumble Glass Distress Oxide ink for my first stencil layer. Next, I lined up the second stencil (super easy due to the etching) and inked it with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink. I love how these two colors look together such a soft and happy spring combo.  

Image 
I stamped the Puppy Pals image onto a panel I cut using MFT's Stitched Tag Corner Rectangle dies and then colored it with Copic markers. For the ground and sky instead of using Copics, I thought it'd be fun to create the suggestion instead of a more literal interpretation. So, I inked the bottom of the die cut with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink to give an impression of grass and then inked to top with Tumble Glass Distress Oxide ink to give an impression of the sky. 

Puppy Pals Cards by May Guest Designer Anika Mercier | Puppy Pals Stamp Set, Plaid Stencil Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Sentiments
For this card, I wanted to use both friendship sentiments in the Puppy Pals Stamp Set. I thought it would be fun to add a pop of color so I silver heat embossed the first sentiment onto soft yellow cardstock. For the second sentiment, I silver heat embossed it onto a soft blue cardstock which also matches the card base. I popped both sentiments up with foam tape and positioned them around the image making sure they were a bit wonky to give them some pop and to draw the eye to the pups. 

Finish Touches
To finish off the card I added Glossy Accents over the pups eyes and Black Glaze pen to their noses. Lastly, I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Duck Egg Blue and Simply White around the card panel.

Card Two

This card is made virtually the same way as the card above with a few exceptions. 

Puppy Pals Cards by May Guest Designer Anika Mercier | Puppy Pals Stamp Set, Plaid Stencil Set by Newton's Nook Designs #newtonsnook #handmade

Background
While I did use the Plaid Stencil Set for this card too however instead of using each stencil once I used one of the stencils twice which makes the pattern even stronger. I love that about these stencils you can layer and layer them to get different looks. 

On this card, I used a combination of dye inks: Lawn Fawn's No. 2 Pencil, Lawn Fawn's Doe, and Altenew's Citrus Burst. 

Image 
Here again, I colored the Puppy Pals image using Copics but this time to give the die cut an illusion of sky and ground I used Faded Jeans and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks. 

Sentiment 
I wanted this card to be a thank you card so I used that sentiment from the Puppy Pals stamp set. I think it makes for such a sweet thank you card!  

Finish Touches
To finish off the card I added Black Glaze pen to the pups eyes and noses and went over the tags on their collars with Glossy Accents. 

I hope you enjoyed both cards. I'd love to know which is your favorite so please comment below!

Please make sure to share with us your creations using Newton's Nook products by tagging #newtonsnookdesigns on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by the Newton's Nook Designs blog! 

Have a wonderful day and great week!
 - Anika


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6 comments:

  1. Both of these cards are so adorable! I really love the colors you used on the first one. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you like them! I love the colors on the first one too - it feels so spring like and happy to me. Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Two very cute cards. I love all of the sentiments. Your plaid papers are great. 

[Bunny]

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    1. Thank you so much, Bunny! I'm delighted you like the cards. Making the plaid backgrounds are so easy with those stencils!

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