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January 2, 2013

Inspired by.....

Hi, everyone!
I have recently been browsing the Cottage Cutz website because I am in love, love, love with their dies!
I just purchased the Mountain Lodge and the Rustic Trees & Sign, and am (im)patiently waiting for them to be delivered so I cam play with them. In the meantime, I saw their Profile of a labrador die, which is just a single layer die, and inthe name of being thrifty (okay.....broke!) lol!, I made an svg similar to it.....but better, I think! 
I created multiple layers to make this: a base layer that includes the dog, a grassy layer that includes the cat tail reeds, then a grass-only layer, plus the cat tails. I also added these cool flying geese/duck silhouettes for some extra effect of a hunting dog. What do you think of my card - too "plain"? I wasn't sure if I should add multiple layers of papers beneath for more "design", or not.

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I haven't added a sentiment, yet, as I may use it for Father's Day, or possibly a birthday card for my son. I just wasn't certain, so that can wait, and I see no harm in there be no sentiment on the outside, do you?
I did do some detail shading and line work on the dog to give him some facial features, plus the ear. I did quite a bit of sponge inking around my cuts, too. It seemed to add a bit more depth to my otherwise "flat" birds. lol!
I had trouble taking my picture; the colors aren't quote showing up right on the camera. The background paper is a creamy yellowish-tan, and it threw everything off a little bit. It is much richer in person, with a chocolatey brown mat on an olive green card base, plus the reeds and grasses are much richer, in the same papers as the mat and card.

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  1. I love it just the way it is! I like the chocolate lab a bit better than mind to show the features, but all my friends have the black lab so black lab I went...haha Wonderful card!

  2. I think it looks great! And I agree, better to leave the sentiment off until you know what you will be using it for.

  3. Its awesome and what a great job you did for the images. Very talented. love it love the colors and great masculine card. Sure either will love it.

  4. I think it looks awesome!! I really love your dog!

  5. Your shading and "folds" on the dog are perfect! I don't think it's too plain at all - especially if it's for a guy.


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