A Punchy, Puppy Birthday!

I am not a big one for punch art - not that I don't love the amazing creativity that punched shapes offer in terms of turning them into unexpected creatures and things, but I just don't often think of using my punches in that way.

Until a need arises by way of finding myself without a specific image in my vast array of stamp sets.

Like a dog.

And I'm actually really glad that I don't own a dog stamp, as it turns out, because I'm a little bit in love with this guy...

Stamps: Bring on the Cake Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (sponging) Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Naturals White, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Rasberry Ripple, I Am Me DSP Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Ovals Collection Frameilts, Owl Punch, Bird Punch, Small Heart Punch, Large Oval Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

Stamps: Bring on the Cake Ink: Crushed Curry, Soft Suede (sponging) Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Naturals White, Real Red, Primrose Petals, Rasberry Ripple, I Am Me DSP Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Hearts Collection Framelits, Ovals Collection Frameilts, Owl Punch, Bird Punch, Small Heart Punch, Large Oval Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Chevron Embossing Folder, Early Espresso Stampin' Write Marker, Chalk Marker, Stampin' Sponges, Stampin' Dimensionals

In searching for "punch art dog" with the help of my old friend and ally, Google, I came across this fella and just knew I had to recreate him for myself.  I also loved the idea of him popping out of a window, sort of like this guy, so combined the two ideas to come up with my own.

Many of the shapes are actually from my Framelit Collections as well as punches - they offer such versatility in having a variety of different sizes in great basic shapes.

I made a few changes based on not owning some of the punches in the original creation, but in doing so, made some fun discoveries.

Like the fact that the branch part of the Bird Punch with three of the four leaves cut off works really well as skinny dog arms/paws!

The greeting is from Bring on the Cake - a great big birthday themed greeting set that is due to retire at the end of the day. It has a fabulous array of different ways to send a birthday wish, like these ones I've made previously...

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The greeting is actually a faux banner, made up with three separate pieces of cardstock, layered together and mounted up so that from the top, it looks for all the world like a folded, 3D banner, but from the side, if you care to look, it's a whole other story...

Some carefully placed Stampin' Dimensionals are your best friend :-)

The card is winging its way (all things being usual with Australia Post) to a family friend of ours to wish him (a bit of a belated!) happy birthday, along with a handful of dollars to go towards a much coveted pet dog that he's saving up for.

I'm actually not entirely sure that the family is in the market for a pet, but after my big girl told me that she'd said she would send some money to help with his savings, we had to follow through on her promise and I daresay if the dog thing doesn't pan out, a nine year old boy will surely find a little somethin' somethin' to spend it on.

 

What's your favourite way to play with punches...?

Stampin' Supplies - Retiring