Birthday card for boys – Peeking Pets slimline card by Jeni

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Hi, It’s my nephews 10th birthday today and I want to make a special card for him.  I decided to recreate the card I made for Mom’s (Janet) birthday earlier this month but use bright blues. The Peeking Pets stamp set by Catherine Pooler is perfect for quick stamped cards with these solid dogs but there are also outline dogs that can be coloured.

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The two dogs are stamped in either Suede Shoes ink or Something Borrowed on the correct die cut. I diecut white card first, then stamped. (You can stamp first, trim your card smaller then diecut – as I show this in this video).  This is a tip from Catherine Pooler from a few years ago – to keep your dies together if possible. There’s less chance of losing a die.


I have the stitched rectangle with the circle die cuts from the Post This die set on my desk and decide to have the pets peeking out from the circles.




I die cut the Happy Birthday word die from white card and held the die cuts together with purple tape so I could add some colour. The two tone sentiment is the same Suede Shoes and Something Borrowed ink colours. When the sentiment is on the card, I want the Suede Shoes colour along the middle and the Something Borrowed colour along the top and bottom.



My background card is a piece of Bristol Smooth trimmed to 4×9” so there is space for the rectangle die and for a dog to be peeking from the side. I ink blended Garden Party and Melon Ice to make a bright colourful background. (I made this card early January before we had the CPD blending brushes so use two Picket Fence Studios blending brushes – one for the green colour and one for the yellow colour).


Catherine Pooler inks are water reactive. I spritzed on some water droplets to add some slight detail on the background.


Making the card

I foam mounted the stitched rectangle die cut in the middle but to the left side of the ink blended background. Arranging the dogs and the sentiments to fit on the card, and adhered the sentiment with liquid glue. I did not want to trim teeny tiny pieces of foam to go behind the word die cuts so adhered this to flow over the popped up white panel and flat to the background.


Three dogs are popped up with foam and all peeking from different directions to make the card fun, then adhere to a slimline card base made from strong Brutus Monroe 130lb card.


I finished the card with 10 rhinestones from the mix that comes with the Trinity Stamps Tidy Tray. An odd number of embellishments would look more visually pleasing, but my nephew is turning 10. With the dogs on this card, I may sign it from Milly.



Find the card and ink supplies and the basic craft supplies here

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  1. Jo Avery
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    Love this! What a fun idea, Jo x

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