Monday, August 6, 2018

Driftng Away

You are invited to Double Trouble Challenge #7. The theme is "The Dog Days of Summer" and the optional twist is to include a summer beverage or food. The Dare is to link up to the HeARTful Stamping Challenge. There is a prize for the winner of DTC #7!

Did you know?
The Dog Days have to do with the ancient study of the stars. The Greeks determined the Dog Star looked to be "following" the constellation, Orion, during a certain period each year. This period coincided with the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In modern times, these days have been determined to be from about July 30 to September 7. 

I recently came across this cute summer stamp and was eager to use the dog image. I decided he was probably doing what I do at the beach and that is drift away and doze a little. My dog is dreaming of summer beach food while his worries drift away.

Two panels of cardstock, one blue, one white, were adhered to a white card base. The background was created with masking, sponging and dusting with a brush. The palm tree is clip art and was added by printing it directly onto the background. I touched it up with some Copic markers. (Make sure the background ink is completely dry.) This was all adhered to the card base stack. The dog was stamped, colored and fussy cut. His "coat" was very lightly texturized using blending solution and terry cloth. He was adhered to the card using foam tape. The food elements were adhered to white cardstock for stability, then fussy cut and added to the card front with foam tape. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card. The inside was decorated with a strip of the patterned paper.

We look forward to seeing your creation so stop by in the next two weeks and check out our blog at Double Trouble!

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, sponging, ink dusting, masking, fussy cutting
Size: A6

Stamp Set: Little Acres "Doggone Vacation"
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copic for the dog image; Stampin' Up! White Craft, Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Hello Honey
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pacific Point; Spectrum Noir for Alcohol Ink
Paper: Doodlebug Designs "So Much Pun"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape)


  1. Oh, how I remember the smells of the boardwalk food cooking mixed with the ocean scents. How I wish I could be there with that sweet pup enjoying a day on the beach, Melanie!