Framed puppy prints with Calligraphy name and supplies
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DIY Pet Paw Print Personalized Wall Art: Easy as Ink, Stamp,Write, and Frame!

Personalized home decor is the best. And it’s even better when it highlights one of your family members.

For an office recently-turned guest room, my partner’s parent’s house had a wall that needed some personalization. Since his mom has 3 adorable dogs who are definitely part of the family, I thought it would be great to decorate the space with their paw prints.

Framed puppy prints with Calligraphy name and supplies

This DIY turned out to be easier than I originally thought! It looks modern and chic, and with just a few supplies, it was a lot of fun to create.

Supplies:

  • Clipboard for a firm surface below your dogs paw to stamp against
  • Pet treats
  • Baby wipes or wet paper towel to clean their paws
  • Picture frames. These can be dollar store frames or ones you already own or the super-fancy ones; any that work with your home decor will work with this project. They should be big enough for your pets paw print to fit. Since these are smaller dogs, I chose to not only use the mat, but also to write their names inside the mat.

Instructions with Photo-cuteness:

1. Gather your supplies. Clamp your cardstock paper onto the clipboard, grab your ink pad, treats, and baby wipes, and bring your pup outside. I recommend doing this outside so you don’t get ink on your carpet, floors, walls, etc. When working with animals, you’ll want to have all of your supplies nearby so that it’s a quick stamp onto the paper.

our first puppy subject
Our first puppy subject: Jazzy.

I also brought extra paper with me in case the first prints smudged or didn’t stamp completely.

2. Pick your pets paw and guide it to the ink pad. Press it gently into the ink pad multiple times. Check to ensure each paw pad is thoroughly inked.

You know your dog and how well they sit for brushing, treats, etc. If you make this a pleasant experience for them, they’ll give you a good paw print.

 

3. Quickly grab your clipboard with paper and press the inked paw onto the paper. If it looks good, use a baby wipe to clean your pets paw. Don’t forget to give more treats!

 

If you have more than one pet, I would recommend having only one outside with you at a time. The other dogs kept getting between the inked paw and the paper! They love attention, don’t they, ha ha! Make sure to mark which paw print belongs to who. I used post-it notes, but a pen mark in an inconspicuous corner will also work.

Remember the paw prints don’t need to be perfect. If it looks like a paw print, it will look adorable in the frame.

puppy high-five to get paw print
A fun but inefficient way to get a good print of your dog’s paw. Read the tutorial for an easier way!

4. Once everyone is clean and given treats, any paw prints on the driveway are cleaned (water-soluble ink!), and once you bring your papers and ink pads inside, it’s time to write your pet’s name on the sheet!

  • Do you love to write in calligraphy and have beautiful handwriting? Great! Size it and make it beautiful!
  • If not, there is a way to fake it for this quick project. Stampin Write markers are perfect for this, as you can get a thin line AND the thick line that give calligraphy that gorgeous look.
  • I practiced writing out each name on regular lined paper using a pencil. Writing in cursive isn’t something most of us do very often, so it took me a few times trying to get the spacing right. After you’ve written it in pencil, go over it with your brush pens. Practice until you are comfortable.

For beautiful lettering using your brush markers, go light on upstrokes and heavier on downstrokes.

 

5. Lastly, frame your new paw print creation!

 

I hope this was helpful. Thanks for checking out this tutorial! It’s super-easy to do, and it’s always fun playing with the dogs.

Not only do these works of art look good on the wall, but I think they are also a great way to keep our pets in our hearts, now and long after they pass. If you need pet sympathy cards, please check out my Etsy shop. There are currently card sets for dog owners and card sets for cat owners.

Where do you think you’ll hang your pets paw print? Let me know in the comments below! Will you paint the frame to match your home? If you have any questions, feel free to email me at laurascraftcloset@gmail.com! I love hearing from my crafty readers.

Happy Crafting!

Rainbow unicorn on glitter background freakin majestic card
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Majestic Unicorn

Sometimes, we just need to quietly remind our friends that they are majestic. And sometimes, they need a glittery card with a rainbow unicorn!

Rainbow unicorn on glitter background freakin majestic card

I originally tried creating this fun card with only black and white to let the rainbow unicorn stand out, but it didn’t have the bold look I was trying for. Of course this card needed glitter! So I whipped out a few colors of glitter paper, and the blue really made me smile, as I hope this card does for you.

ink road unicorn on majestic glitter card

What pops in real life but my camera had a hard time capturing are the gold stickles on the horn. I stamped the sentiment (so perfect!!) and heat embossed with a matching blue glitter.

I’m playing along with these challenges:

I don’t know if I’ll ever not be excited for unicorns! The Lisa Frank epidemic of my childhood also reminds me that OF COURSE they have rainbow manes. Is there something fun from your childhood that keeps popping up in your crafting? Let me know below in the comments– I’d love to hear about it!!

Happy Crafting!

If you like this stamp set, I recommend checking out Ink Road Stamps! You’ll even get 15% off your order!

wet embossed stamped images colored with prismacolor pencils
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Less can be More when Embossing and Coloring

After my watercoloring craze, I picked out a few prismacolor pencils and started playing again. I love working with black paper (like with this fun card or this crafty sensation), but it can sometimes be hard to make the image stand out. Embossing is a good start, but I found using these pencils can bring the beautiful images to life.

Embossing lets you keep the layers to a minimum while still having a great focal point.

Supplies Used:

      • Prismacolor soft thick lead pencils (933 & 903)

    • Chrysanthemum Stamp (Spellbinders)

    How-to make these cards:

    1. Cut bright blue cardstock 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and fold in half to create your 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″card base.
    2. Using versamark, stamp your image and sentiment onto 4″ x 5 1/4″ black cardstock.
      1. Quickly sprinkle images with your embossing powder and tap off excess.
      2. Pro-Tip: If you are stamping multiple images together to be embossed, and they are layered, masking can be impossible without wiping off your embossing powder. With the chrysanthemum, I stamped the flower and sprinkled the gold embossing powder and tapped it off. I then inked just the top of the leaves, and stamped it where I wanted it and sprinkled the powder and tapped it off. Where the leaves overlapped the petals, I took a small tool (a paperclip could work too) to remove the powder from the middle of the petals.

      3. Heat your image with a heat tool.
    3. Color the “empty spaces” of your image with the prismacolor pencils. I use my darker colors first for the inside parts that are likely to have more shadows, then finish with the lighter colors.
      1. Pardon but I was in a bit of a blue period! But this did make for a semi-matching set of Clean And Simple cards!
    4. If necessary, adhere dimensionals to pop-up the focal point.
    5. Adhere your finished black cardstock to your blue card base.
    gold embossed stamped chrysanthemum thank you card colored with prismacolor pencils
    Chrysanthemum’s are my absolute favorite!!
    gold embossed stamped dahlia hello card colored with prismacolor pencils
    I recently used this dahlia stamp!

    The challenges I am playing along with:

    I hope this tutorial inspired you to create some fun projects! I’d love to see any of your cards that this tutorial may have inspired! Thanks for reading and Happy Crafting!!

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