Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Special Father's Day Card

Ever since we've had Wally and LuLu I've been making dog cards for Rich for Father's Day.  They're from Wally and LuLu, of course, because they can't make their own cards.  Rich, being The World's Best Dog Dad, deserves a special card, so this year I thought I'd try something a little different.

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!



28 comments:

Karren said...

Oh this is so amazing and is sure to be treasured!

Troy Louise Seegmiller said...

This is wonderful! What a special card for their Dad. I think you did great job coloring them. I'm sure he will love it. Thanks for sharing.

Viv said...

How clever to use the image like that on a card, I am sure it will be treasured too ;) Viv xx

Pam Sparks said...

Fabulous Leslie! He is going to love it! What an awesome card for him!

Stacy Morgan said...

Leslie this is wonderful! Oh my goodness... what a clever idea and they look perfect. I like that you make a card from them each year, its very sweet. This has to be my favorite one though, well maybe the first one you made with just Wally (the one the artist drew for you) but this holds a very close first also. He is going to love it I know it! Their fur looks great, maybe they have a little red in there and you just can't see it as well. hee hee

glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

Oh my goodness, this is amazing. You may not be too happy with it but I would recognize those two anywhere! I just know Rich is going to love this one for sure! This just makes me smile!

Yogi said...

cute. have a great day

Darlene said...

WOW this is awesome and OH HOW SPECIAL!!! The PERFECT creation and I'm sure he will be THRILLED! Your coloring is just fine!!! You are too hard on yourself! What a GREAT idea ... GREAT JOB!!

Lynette said...

Oh my goodness - how cool is that!! Rich will love it - so very, very special. Thanks for sharing the links, too.

nancy littrell said...

OMG..Rich is going to LOVE his card from the kids:-) How cool that you can print a stamped photo Shop from a real photo! TFS your beautifully colored card of Wally and Lulu. Happy Father's Day Rich. Hugs...

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

What a great idea! Your husband is going to love this - and the tennis balls as well!

Ida said...

What a wonderful idea. This is just precious as can be.

Elaine M said...

Oh my! It's perfect!!! I know he'll love it

Margaret said...

Wow! You are just so creative. This is just perfect and fabulous!

bensarmom said...

Leslie,
Your card is amazing! Thank you for passing how you did it along. I made a card for my husband as well.
Blessings,
Sue

laurie said...

What a great idea and so personalized! I LOVE this!

Darnell said...

Shut up! I had NO idea this sort of thing could be done! How extraordinary and special! What a beautiful way to make a personal card!! Thank you for sharing, Leslie! I think you did a PERFECT job with your coloring! It was so good, in fact, that I didn't even notice the fabulous matting and background you created until you mentioned it and I scrolled back up to look! Rich is a very lucky dog daddy to have such talented doglets!! Have a great FD's weekend! Hugs, Darnell

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh my goodness Leslie!!!!! I'm with Darnell, I too didn't know this could be done, as I was reading your post, images of my grandchildren kept popping in my head, pictures of them on our Spring Break vacations when they were little, ohh!! I must, MUST FIGURE OUT HOW TO DO THIS!!!
Your card with your beautiful dogs is GORGEOUS!!!!! I'm just blown away, the colors are amazing, such a happy card, both doggies are actually smiling.
Your hubby will love it, I think he will love it even more than new tennis balls.
Thank you for sharing, I'm most definitely going to enlist the help of my very photoshop savvy granddaughter so she can show me how to do this amazing thing.
Big hugs!!
Maria.

Donna Ellis said...

You. Never. Cease. To. Amaze. Me.
NEVER.
Leslie, what a fabulous way of immortalizing Wally and Lulu. LOVE the technique, but more, I love your coloring. It must have been so fun with a flooding feeling of love for you to color the photograph style digi stamp. It looks just like them, but I almost like your rendition better than the real photo. In fact, I do. LOL

Thanks for the link and all the information - I would like to try it, too! I also did not know there was a "stamp filter" on PS. I would have been shaking in my shoes to stamp the "sentiments" atop the pretty masterpiece. LOL GORGEOUSLY done for the "best dog father" on the northwest coast. After all, Jack has to be the best dog father on the southeast coast LOL Happy week-end, Leslie! xx

ChristineCreations said...

Leslie! This is amazing! What a treasured keepsake. Rich will love it! Your artistry and your pups make a perfect combination!

Conniecrafter said...

You did a terrific job with this, I did see Debbie's post and thought I need to give it a try, but had forgot about it... Oh your hubby is going to totally LOVE this!! Before seeing the actual picture I thought your coloring was spot on. Very cute way you did the sentiments!!

bensarmom said...

Thanks for your comment Leslie. I've posted my picture now so you can see it on my blog.

Ros Crawford said...

Oh Wow!! This is amazing! What a beauty for your husband and your own dogs too! So clever! Beautifully coloured in my opinion!

Stef Perry said...

Here's what I see - that you captured the very essence of Wally and Lucy with your watercoloring, and it's beautiful!! Thank you for sharing this capability and I hope you all had a great day together!

Sue from Oregon said...

This is so amazing Leslie! Such a special creation and by far my fave card I have seen in a long while!

Joan B said...

eeek. love this. you are so clever

Hannelie said...

Oh my! I am inspired! I am definitely going to give this a try with a photo of Sugar!
Fabulous !

Diane said...

OMGoodness...I love, love this and will have to give this a try...has to be the best received Father's Day card ever and I would imagine he LOVED it!! Very well done and you are too hard on yourself..it is FABULOUS!! HOe you are haing great weather...we are here at the moment, though we need rain, my poor flowers!!

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