Dog House Valentine

by Amy Rohl

Make a dog-themed Valentine treat holder for a pet lover... or your pet!


  • Dies (Home Sweet Home, Treat Tote, Dimensional Banners, Hugs & Kisses Cover-Up, Treat Pocket, Lots of Love, Blueprints 11, Negative Dot Alphabet, Pet Charms, Postage Stamp STAX, and Rounded Banner STAX Die-Namics used here)
  • Stamps (Wood You Be Mine? and Distressed Hearts used here)
  • Cardstock (Red Hot, Primitive White, and Grout Gray Card Stock used here)
  • Dye ink (Electric Red and Grout Gray Ink Pads used here)
  • Embellishments (hemp cord, kraft wrapping paper, kraft corrugated paper, and shredded paper filler used here)
  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Die cut the following elements:

    2 houses, 2 treat box pieces, 1 banner, 1 rounded banner, 2 dog bone charms, 1 roof trim, 1 postage stamp, 3 small hearts, 2 large hearts, 1 treat pocket, and letters to customize as needed.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp the small banner and postage stamp with a woodgrain or other texture stamp using a light dye ink.

    Trim approximately 1” from the straight end of the small rounded banner to create a small door.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp a sentiment along the curve of the banner die cut.

  4. Hint:
    Clear stamps can easily be bent to match the curve of a shaped die cut. Place the sentiment on top of the die, then adjust the shape of the stamp to align with the curvature of the die on an acrylic mount.

  5. Step 4

    Follow your die cutting machine's instructions for embossing the two house panels.

  6. Note:
    Secure the card stock with temporary adhesive to keep it from shifting in the machine.

  7. Step 5

    Decorate the embossed house pieces for the front and back of the treat box.

  8. Step 6

    Apply double-sided adhesive to the tabs of both treat box pieces and to the bottom of one.

  9. Step 7

    Assemble the tote box by folding up the front and back flaps to meet the sides, ensuring the box stays “square” during assembly.

  10. Step 8

    Attach the decorated front and back houses to the assembled treat box using strong adhesive.

  11. Step 9

    Assemble the treat pocket by applying adhesive to the bottom and side tabs and folding the front of the pocket over to meet the tabs.

  12. Step 10

    Decorate the tag and secure it to the pocket using cord.

  13. Step 11

    Fill the finished treat box with the embellished pocket and shredded paper filler.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Dog House Valentine. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

What an ambitious project! Looks great!
Jackie Rosenfeld  |  Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 4:24 AM
What a novel idea! It would be so simple to turn it into a card by putting a fold on the front piece and only doing that part of it!
Lynette Pelling  |  Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 7:25 AM
This is just to cute, I know what my grand puppy will be getting for Valentines Day.
susan ann draeger  |  Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM
so adorable!!
gabrielle howey  |  Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 2:44 PM
What an awesome tutorial, Amy! So adorable!
Jackie Pedro  |  Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM
Love this, unfortunately I don't have access to all these dies, but never fear I am creating my own templates out of chipboard type card so I can make this over and over again. Once I have finished it I will upload my completed card. Thanks for the inspiration.
Bernadine  |  Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM
where can a person purchase the dies from? I would love to make this cute craft but dont have the dies.
Diana Peloquin  |  Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Hi Diana -
The dies are from My Favorite Things - and links to the products are included in the supply list above smile
Lydia Fiedler  |  Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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