Isn’t your pet just the absolute best?!! If you own a dog, cat or any other pet you will know EXACTLY what I’m talking about. Of course your pet is the best and cutest pet in the whole wide world .. hands down! Even if they do cause daily chaos and mischief .. Am I right?
Unfortunately a friend of ours lost her dog recently. About a week after she received a paw print keepsake from her local vet in the post, together with a packet of “Forget me not” seeds. It was such a lovely gesture, but it did make me realise that I did not want to wait until the inevitable happens to have their paw prints done. I wanted it to be filled with happy thoughts while they are still very much here!
One thing that had kept me from making a paw print keepsake was the thought of inking their paws. I just had visions of dog prints everywhere in the house, apart from on the piece of paper I’m trying to get the print on! But then I came across these brilliant Inkless Paw Print Pad. No ink ( .. at least not directly on their paws), no mess and no dog tracks on my carpets! It’s a win/win!
Here’s how you can make this super- easy paw print keepsake for your fur babies. Don’t own a dog? Getting these pads are the perfect present for someone who does, so they can make their own perfect picture of their furry friend(s).
here’s what you need for your paw print picture
Inkless Pet Paw Print Kit – you can find them here at Etsy – check out the reviews from previous users for yourself!!
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These paw print pads come with different options (8 sheets or 4 sheets). I tried a piece of paper from a sketch pad in the first instance. Just to get the feel of it.
Using the pad is pretty straight forward and there are simple instructions included. One side of the ink pad is where you place the paw. The other side is where the magic happens and it transfers the paw print onto to the paper without getting ink on your pets paws.
Position the ink pad onto the paper. Make sure the non ink part is facing up, with the inked part facing down towards the paper. Be careful not to touch the inked side to avoid it smudging.
Carefully place your pets paw onto the pad. Press down gently onto their paw (see pics below), but avoid making any unnecessary movements. Beware that anything that pushes down onto the pad hard enough will transfer onto the paper underneath and will become part of your print. We did make sure their nails were trimmed before doing this project as I wanted to avoid getting their nail marks onto the transfer.
I had 2 packs of the ink pads. We used 1 pack to get 2 paw prints each which worked absolutely fine. Despite keeping their nails fairly short, as you can see from the below pic, the first print still caught Simba’s nail marks on taking her paw off. We re-did it and make sure we lifted her paw off carefully to avoid scratches. Simba (the fluffy Doodle on the picture) has quite a bit of fur in between her pads so her print came out a bit more fuzzy. But hey, .. that’s her print and we love it, just the way it is 🙂
Next I cut out the paw print picture in a rectangle to secure it onto black card board. Of course this is completely optional. However, I wanted the contrast of the black and white to make the paws stand out more. I stuck down the paw print card with double sided tape. Next, cut out the black card board to fit the picture frame.
The picture frame itself was from B&Q in the sale (£2 bargain!!). I don’t think they do the exact same one any more, but this one from Amazon is very similar. Secure your photos and cardboard paw print pictures with some tape and your masterpiece is done!
Your work of art
And there you have it – a personal gorgeous paw print keepsake. Please show me some of your pet projects. I’d love to see them!
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