Today I thought I would share a relatively quick DIY project that you can whip up this weekend for all your dog friends on Valentine's Day. A few weeks ago I took paw prints of all the dogs to use for a few photo projects and thought that they would make a cute "fingerprint" heart also. I've read that each paw print is unique like human fingerprints so it became a sentimental project and I really wanted to get one of Foyle's paw to remember him by. I turned my paw print into labels and made up a few dog valentine packages to give to our friends that are fostering a new dog.
Here's what you need:
- A helpful paw
- Non toxic ink & white paper (red ink helps unless you want to convert it to or from a different color)
- Scanner & a photo editing program to isolate one pad print from the paw
- Circle labels, I used the 1.25" labels from Paper Source
- Clean off the paw of dirt and debris and cut back hair so you can get a clean print.
- Ink up the paw and press it into the paper. It helps to have them standing so they can put weight on the paper. Keep going until you get a clean print. Don't forget to wipe your dog's paw clean of ink when you are done.
- Scan into your photo editing program and crop out one of the pads.
- Copy that pad print and rotate each one @ 30 degrees, overlap until you form a heart. Save as a jpeg.
- Open up the Word template from Paper Source and insert your jpeg paw print. Copy & paste until you fill up the sheet.
- Print and use for your sweet valentine!
You could also use the print to make a large scale art print by having a rubber stamp made, or even carving one of your own, and stamping it in a grid on a large scale. Here are a few other ideas I came across where you can use the print (1, 2,)
Couldn't resist a few shots of the girls enjoying the leftover treats from the bags! Enjoy your weekend, especially if you are in northern California. It's nice to finally see some rain!