Sunday, 10 April 2016

Aye Chihuahua!

Hi Crafters!

Today's project is a card made with the super cute Aye Chihuahua cut file from Kadoodle Bug Designs.  The file contains three different cuties and is currently on sale too for $2.25 ... bargain!

I decided to use the sweet chihuahua in the margarita glass on a card for a new friend and fellow Brit who has just moved to Arizona from Brighton in the UK.  She also has a sweet new chihuahua/westie cross puppy, so I thought it was the perfect image!

This was my first attempt at a Kadoodle Bug Designs svg file, which I imported into Cricut Design space and cut on my Cricut Explore.  I must admit I did find it a little challenging to put together as I am used to having a silhouette layer to use as a base and as this is one of Kadoodle Bug's earlier designs it didn't have one (all the newer patterns do), but after I had completed it, I realized that I could have just imported the .jpeg image included in the file and used that!  Doh!  Never mind, a learn for next time as I will definitely be making this one again.

I inked the edges of each piece of the chihuahua before assembling, which did take a bit of time, but I think gives a better finish.  You could of course skip this bit if you wanted to which would make it quicker.  For the margarita and limes I went around the edges with the broad tip of a corresponding alcohol marker as I didn't have a suitable green ink pad!  I also added a little pink color to his cheeks. Finally,  I added the additional highlights to his face with an opaque white marker pen and a fine black Sharpie, and some dazzling diamonds fine glitter to the top of the margarita glass to give the look of a salt rim.

I made a 'S' fold card by simply folding back the front of an A6 white card base (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") and cut plain black mats for the front (2" x 5 3/8") and the inside (4 1/8" x 5 3/8").  I then repeated this for the patterned paper layer reducing the size by 1/8" (1 7/8" x 5 1/4" on the front and 4" x 5 1/4" on the inside).   I used papers from the Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper pad from doodlebug designs, which I thin I bought from JoAnn's.

I cut two more mats in white from a shape on the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge (approx 4" high) and then just used the shadow layer for the same shape, cut in black.  Once assembled, I used one on the front secured on just one side to site my cute image on and then lined up the other mat directly underneath it and stuck to the inside of the card to write my message on.  I cut a few extra small limes from the Chihuahua pattern and used those to decorate the inside of my card.  The New Home sentiment was from a Craftwork Cards message pack which I had in my stash.

I was really pleased with how it turned out and will definitely be making the other two cuties in the set, plus a whole heap of other Kadoodle Bug Designs which I have also now purchased ... oops!

Thank for stopping by!
Bev x

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