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Make a Birthday Pup Tag Shaker Card

Birthday cards can be cheery, corney, elegant, and just plain fun to make. This past weekend, I had some extra time on my hands and decided to join the Craft Roulette challenge. The parameters were simple and allowed me to use up an adorable dog stamp I have be wanting to use.

As you can see by this photo, Craft Roulette is too much funn! (no, it’s spelled correctly and if you watch the show you will learn why).

Each week, the roulette wheel spins with a set of parameters and you have about 48 hours to complete a project for the challenge. After taking a look at all the requirements, I came up with a primary colored birthday card with a tag flap shaker window. I love how it turned out.

I will have to admit that I really struggle with bold colors. Most of my projects are soft and muted, so I chose to use primary hues.

I have been studying color theory for a workbook that I am writing, and this triadic palette is an easy one to use on a project. You just have to remember to pick one color as your main focus and add the other as accents so that the project doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

For the fun fold, I chose to create a tag flap. Again, this is a very simple technique that can be created with just about any tag shape you have. If you don’t own a tag die or digital image, you can just cut a rectangle for this flap.

I told you that I have been wanting to use an adorable I Woof You stamp set and this seemed like the perfect project to use it on. As I was designing the card, I wanted to create a scene with that little pup, so I chose to add a fence for my bottom border and a window shaker on the tag.

Doesn’t it create an adorable little design? In the tutorial below, I show you how to make this tag flag shaker card and give you a few tips for using watercolor pencils.

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If you are new to using watercolor pencils, I have a tutorial you can view. In this post, you will learn a few ways to use watercolor pencils on your projects.

I hope that today’s project inspired you to try something new and that you join in on the next Craft Roulette Challenge. If you have any questions about the project, please feel free to comment below.

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