Immortalize your pup(s) on canvas prints! Review & Giveaway

As a splendid dog parent, we all know you have a gazillion images of your pet on your phone. Don’t even try to deny it. Sometimes the photos are just so darn good that making it your phone’s home screen image and sharing it on Facebook aren’t nearly enough. It’s time to put that picture, or even multiple pictures, on canvas prints.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a service, Printcopia, that easily takes your online images and converts them in to canvas prints. I chose to submit one of my favorite photos of my girls to be printed on an 8″ by 10″ wrapped canvas.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the final product!

 Immortalize your pup(s) on canvas prints! Review & Giveaway

The photo to canvas process

Printcopia’s canvas print designer online feature has four steps and was very easy to use.

1) First you choose a size. There are nine pre-set canvas sizes, or you may choose a custom size canvas. There are also two canvas thickness options, which refer to the depth of the side borders of the canvas.

2) Next you choose an image. You may upload an image from your computer, or you can pull a picture directly from your Instagram or Facebook account. You can then adjust the image until it fits as you would like on the canvas size you choose.

3) The next step is to choose a style. This refers to choosing how you want the side border to look. It can be a mirror image of your photo, your photo can extend on to your side borders (which we opted for), or you can pick a color to be on the side borders.

4) The last option is to choose some optional extras like having a black and white or sepia color finish, or having Princopia do a bit of image retouching for you.

Each step of the way you get the option to make fine tuned adjustments to your photo positioning to make it look its best with the options you’ve chosen.

The giveway

We would like to share our love of this fun service with DogSplendor readers by giving away one 8″ x 10″ canvas print (retail value $56.78). Please note the print may only be shipped within the continental U.S.

We will be using Rafflecopter to facilitate the giveaway and a random entrant will be chosen from eligible entrants at midnight Pacific Time on Saturday, March 30, 2013. The winner will be notified by mail by noon on March 30th.

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As part of the Rafflecopter entry options, you may follow Printcopia on Facebook. They seem to always be having fantastic deals, and offer other photo/printing options other than canvas prints, so I highly recommend this option! Since I was very pleased with the service from Printcopia, I also wanted to give a quick shout out to their sister sites for car magnets, banners, and bandit/yard signs.

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The “dogs” of Downton Abbey

Unless you’ve been under a rock recently, you’ve heard all the buzz about the wildly popular PBS series Downton Abbey. It is currently nearing the end of Season 3 (for US audiences), and if you haven’t seen it yet, I cannot recommend it highly enough!

For those of you familiar with the show, have you ever imagined what some of the characters might look like as dogs? Kim Parkhurst has, and has put together a collection she dubs Houndton Tabby on her Etsy store, Toadbriar. These are fantastic!

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Trusty Butler Carson as a Clumber Spaniel.
Art by Kim Parkhurst.

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Wrongly accused valet Mr. Bates as a Pit Bull.
Art by Kim Parkhurst.

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The scheming lady’s maid Ms. O’Brien portrayed by an Irish Water Spaniel
(with a much better hairdo I must say).
Art by Kim Parkhurst.

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Heir Matthew Crawley looking mighty distinguished as an Australian Shepherd.
Art by Kim Parkhurst.

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Young kitchen maid Daisy as a Chihuahua.
Art by Kim Parkhurst.

 

 

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Dress up your home with spiffy dog artwork!

IMG 2149 Dress up your home with spiffy dog artwork!Most happy pet owners have a gazillion photos of their pets, right? I know I’m guilty. So how about taking it up a notch and acquiring cute new dog artwork in your pet’s image?

At Dogs Incorporated, they’ve created dog artwork representing almost any breed you can think of – over 60 breeds in total. And best of all, each breed selection can be customized in terms of background color, color of dog, etc. So, chances are likely you’ll find the perfect picture to represent your pooch and enhance your decor.

For example, in the picture above (that I was given by Dogs Incorporated) I was able to pick a neutral background and a white-coated Schnauzer. And even though my girl Izzie is only half Schnauzer, this pic looks quite a bit like her when she was a puppy. To me, most of the pictures on the Dogs Incorporated site look like puppies. I think it’s because they all have big puppy dog eyes, which make the pictures so sweet.

On the Dogs Incorporated website you can shop by breed, or you can also shop by collection, for example my picture above is from the “All you need is love” collection. Additionally, you can send in your own picture for a custom pet portrait to be made specifically of your dog.

Go take a look at the Dogs Incorporated site, there’s surely something there to meet any need. And the cherry on top? The company gives back 5% of its proceeds to animal rescue charities each time you buy a piece of dog artwork.

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Oodles of Pet Art

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Art of Jay Schmetz

With my two dogs being mixed breeds, one half schnauzer and half poodle, the other half poodle and half (unconfirmed) Jack Russell terrier, it’s often hard to find things with images of my dogs on them. Sure, there are all the standard breeds represented. Sort of reminds me of when I was a kid and wanted something with “Stefanie” on it, but noooo…only “Stephanie” was available and I had a never-ending sad at my perceived misfortune and intolerance of my mother’s choice in non-stadardized spelling.

Anyway, I digress.

Imagine my delight (seriously, there were delightful squee noises that emanated from my face) when a few years ago I came across the spitting image of my two girls on Etsy. I quickly bought the image on a small tile. My two girls drinking coffee – perfect depiction of Seattle-area dogs. The tile has been on our kitchen counter ever since.

Just recently while perusing through the latest issue of Modern Dog Magazine, I saw an ad for the same artist that painted the tile of my dogs. His name is Jay Schmetz, and his website is chock full of tons…dare I say oodles…of awesome pet art. Over 100 specific dog breeds are represented, but you also might luck out and find an image that looks just like your mixed breed pup. There are also depictions of almost any other animal you can think of, from zebras to chipmunks, from sea lions to aardvarks! All items are very reasonably priced for original artwork. What an awesome gift!

Peruse Jay’s awesome animal art on his website, or shop for gifts at his Etsy store  or Ebay store.

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