Dog-Gone Cute Valentine Card

I've been working on valentines and wanted to make something new and fun for a young recipient.  Months ago--maybe even a year or two (I cannot remember)--I saw a puppy card where you pull the tongue and the ears flip up.

So, this morning, after searching the internet, I saw a couple of options.  Here's the pattern I found from mmmcrafts.  Although I changed the size up a little but the pattern is basically the same.  Out of respect for the original artist, please refer to the above link for the pattern.  I did add the spot around the eye, made it into a valentine card, and changed the way the eyes look--all while using CTMH colors, of course.  (I always like using their matching inks and cardstocks.)

Cocoa, Cashmere, Champagne, Pacifica, and Ruby colors were used on this card.  I also mounted the entire thing on white cardstock.  I prefer the Georgie Pacific cardstock from Walmart.  It's nice and thick and is easy on the pocketbook.  :-)

This is what the card front looks like when you pull on the tongue.  The action of pulling the tongue makes the ears flip up and slightly in.  Cute, yes?  :-)

The eyes were a new idea I came up with.  They were made using two stamps using Cocoa and Cashmere ink. 

1. First I stamped the outer circle with a round stamp from CTMH's "Connections" stamp set using Cocoa ink. 
2. Then I stamped the sun burst stamp from "Dream Big" in Cashmere ink (just off center). 
3.  I finished the eye background by sponging Cocoa around the edges to hide the paper's white inner core.  And I sponged around the eye ball to soften the lines made from the sun burst.
4.  I punch each pupil out with a basic hole punch, sponged the circle to darken it, and made white marks with a white gel pen.

Because I attempted a new-to-me pull card style and created a new eye look, I feel that qualifies me for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge for this week. 

Please CLICK HERE to see other exciting paper crafting inspiration from one of my favorite blog challenge sites!  :-)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.


Miriam Prantner said...

This is so cute! You must post a tutorial on this, big smile from me when you pull his tongue!

Ruby Sunshine said...

oh my goodness you have out done yourself!!!! That is sooooo cute and fun I love it!!!!

luv2srap said...

This is such a cute card. I might have to try this for my nephews! I also like your stitched card. Great way to use the stitching stamp!

Debbie Bonczek said...

That is just adorable. So clever. I have to say that your idea for the eyes is spectacular. They look just like the eyes on a plush tog dog. Amazingly cute!

Brandi said...

This is so dog gone adorable, I adore this card. I may have to copy tis card as it looks like my little Cocoa. Thanks for playing along at Heart 2 Heart challenges!

Michelle Rodman said...

Wow! So Cute!

Shirley Ross, rockin' heARTist said...

That is such a cute card.

Katy said...

CUTE!!!! Love the spot around his eye! Thanks for sharing the eye-stamping tutorial too!