I started my card by constructing the card base, cutting the papers as follows:
White - 5 1/2" x 11"
Black - (2) pieces 3/4" x 4 1/4", (1) piece 3 1/4" x 4 3/8"
Patterned paper - (2) pieces 5/8" x 4 1/8"
I layered the patterned paper strips onto the black strips and applied to each side, and then adhered the larger black panel to the center section.
Using the packaging as a guide, I then colored and constructed that cute dachshund.
I cut another piece of white cardstock 3 1/8" x 4 1/4". The background sky was created by sponging Ranger Tumbled Glass ink against a cloud stencil. I went all the way to the bottom because I would be covering the lower section of the panel with the die-cut grass and wanted to make sure the sky was colored low enough on the background.
I then stamped the sentiment at the top and added the die-cut pieces to the panel, popping up the dog with foam pop-dots and adding the pet border across the bottom.
I hope the holidays haven't worn you down; but, if they have, perhaps this card will lift your spirits.
CottageCutz dies used on my card are: