Hot Diggity-Dog!

Most of the greeting cards I make can be given to just about anyone, but sometimes I design one for a specific person. For me, making a custom card is incredibly rewarding. With the aid of a computer, printer, and my daughter’s drawing skills, I made this one-of-a-kind greeting card last week. I’ve been waiting to share it until it arrived at the recipient’s home.

My father-in-law is adventurous when it comes to cooking and he recently decided to make pickled hotdogs. (Pickling hotdogs is out of my realm of imagination, so I didn’t even know that people do this on a regular basis.) After three weeks of marinating, he taste-tested them over a Zoom call with my husband and they laughed themselves to tears for at least fifteen minutes. My husband asked me to make a card to commemorate the occasion. (We’re a little goofy that way.)

I dusted off the retired Stampin’ Up set Jar of Love and its coordinating batch of dies to make this card. I have a large collection of stamps, but a hotdog stamp isn’t numbered among them. My daughter is a gifted artist, so I commissioned her to draw and color the hotdogs in the jar.

I found a font that resembles the typeface on a Ball jar and printed a custom label. (The font is called Ave Fendan and you can find it at dafont.com. It is free for personal use.) I circle-punched my custom text and adhered it to a Grapefruit Grove tag made from the Story Label punch. I wanted the card to have a county fair feel to it, so I placed a swatch of Daffodil Delight gingham paper behind the jar. I chose the woodgrain background paper because I wanted the card to seem rustic.

As I said before, the Jar of Love stamp set is retired. However, the new annual catalog, which will go live on June 3rd, contains a similar set called Jar of Flowers, a coordinating punch, and mason-jar shaped shaker domes.

I recommend two easy (and cheap) ways to further customize your one-of-a-kind greeting card. First, find a font that compliments your stamp set and print out sentiments tailored to the card recipient. Second, doodle or sketch extra elements if you have the artistic skills (or a daughter who can do it for you).

Product List
Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Jar Of Love Photopolymer Stamp Set
Retired
Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
Retired
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack
Retired
Gingham Gala 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Gingham Gala 6″ X 6″ (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper
Retired

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