Boo the Pomeranian Handmade Birthday Card

I started out crafting by making cards for my friends and family, and over the years, as I have taken on all kinds of crafty projects, my card making has become less and less.  But every now and then, my card making urge comes back, especially if I get a sudden inspiration, as was the case recently when I came across this magazine ad of Boo the Pomeranian:

Boo Pomeranian magazine image

Boo the Pomeranian magazine image

I was initially going to save it in my stash of images for my collage art, but decided it could be used to make a greeting card, and I had the perfect recipient in mind – my friend and hairdresser, Eva, who first told me about Boo and how he became famous.  (Incidentally, the salon that Eva works in is a very short distance from the dog grooming place that Boo got his famous cut).

So what made this image perfect for a card?  Well, the bottoms of Boo’s legs are in a straight line, which would help the card stand upright.  Plus the top of his head is pretty flat, not in an absolute straight line like his paws, but I could make it straight to accommodate a fold for the card.

The first thing I did was glue the image onto a sheet of card stock using Yes! paste.  The cardstock I used was in a mottled off white color.

Image glued to cardstock backing

Image glued to cardstock backing

After the glue had completely dried, I took another sheet of cardstock and stacked it underneath the one with the image and fussy-cut out the image of Boo, making sure to cut a tab at the top of Boo’s head.

Front and back pieces of card cut out

Front and back pieces of card cut out

The tab – only one was needed – was for adhering the two pieces of cardstock together.

To create the flat top for the card, I scored straight across Boo’s head, at the base of the tab and folded the tab back.

Folded back tab on front piece of card

Folded back tab on front piece of card

I used the folded top of this front piece as a guide to cut off the tab on the back piece of cardstock.

Card pieces with tabs folded back and cut off

Card pieces with tabs folded back and cut off

I applied some paste to the back of the tab and glued it to the back of the other piece of cut cardstock.

Back piece glued to front piece of card

Back piece glued to front piece of card

To hide the tab, I glued a piece of floral Japanese chiyogami washi paper to the back of my card.

Japanese floral chiyogami washi paper for backing card

Japanese floral chiyogami washi paper for backing card

After the glue had dried completely, I carefully trimmed off the excess.

Card backed with chiyogami washi paper

Card backed with chiyogami washi paper

For the sentiment, I punched out a piece of olive green cardstock using my round punch to create a tag, added a plastic yellow crystal as an accent, wrote out “Happy Birthday!”, and glued the tag to Boo’s necklace.

Crystal accented Happy Birthday tag for card

Crystal accented Happy Birthday tag for card

My Boo birthday card, all completed:

Boo Pomeranian dog handmade birthday card 1

Boo Pomeranian handmade birthday card

Boo Pomeranian handmade birthday card

Even Boo himself approved!

Boo approves his birthday card

So did Eva :0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Serena Y Lee

Serena worked in the biotech industry for 18 years before leaving to pursue her life purpose – to live in freedom with creativity and simplicity. Her love for baking, creativity, and story-telling compelled her to start blogging to share her ideas with a wider audience.

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