I want to make a Christ­mas card for our fam­ily pet dog. Do you have any ideas, please?

Leanne Wake­field, East­bourne

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q & A -

Dorothy says:

What a fun idea! Our dog just loves Christ­mas and is a dab hand these days at open­ing pre­sents – es­pe­cially if there is a treat in­side. This got me think­ing of mak­ing a card de­sign to in­cor­po­rate a mini bone bis­cuit. You didn’t say what breed of dog you have but there are lots of doggy stamps avail­able with dif­fer­ent breeds such as the fun Dy­lu­sion Puppy Dog tails from Bud­dly­crafts.com. The five stamps in­clude a poo­dle, bull­dog and dachs­hund, and the ac­ces­sories could be coloured in fes­tive hues to match the oc­ca­sion.

I also found the de­light­ful Happy Pawl­i­days stamp set from My Fa­vorite Things. It has four generic play­ful pups to choose from and all with a Christ­mas theme. Each dog has a dif­fer­ent per­son­al­ity so I’m sure you’ll find one to suit! To make the base step card, cut a 150x295mm piece of card and score at 100, 200 and 245mm. Fold up to cre­ate the step at the front. Rather than colour­ing the el­e­ments I de­cided to stamp onto a va­ri­ety of Christ­mas pa­pers and cut out, lay­er­ing the pieces to build up the colours. Once com­plete, I tied a treat to the tag and at­tached with a sticky fixer. The Happy Pawl­i­days stamp set is avail­able from Bum­ble­ber­rys.co.uk.

A doggy treat makes a fun em­bel­lish­ment

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