Using an idea from Debbie Olson's blog here I converted a photo to a digital stamp and then watercolored with Tombow markers. Seriously, I should have paid more attention to Debbie's coloring tips as I think the Copics would have worked out better, but at the time I was only thinking about converting the photo. I know... excuses, excuses! I realize this card is only special to The World's Best Dog Dad, but here you go anyway:
Easiest thing in the world to do. I opened the picture in Photoshop Elements 7, applied a "stamp" filter to it, lightened a little, then printed. By the way, Debbie shared a link to a free software program that does essentially the same thing.
It's somewhat painful to look at the actual photo and my painting in such close proximity. I couldn't seem to get the gold color right. All efforts made them either too yellow or too red, so I settled on the red. Hey, if you didn't know them...
I stamped the "bark woof" over top in Memento Tuxedo Black. The stamps are from an Inkadinkado "Dogs" set. It means "we love you" in dog language.
Finished it up with designer paper scraps and Core'dinations card stock (sanded) which I need to quit hoarding. Brought some brads out of hiding, too. I think he'll be surprised. Maybe Wally and LuLu will get him some new tennis balls to go with it.
Have a happy weekend!