Popular Pug Christmas Card Design

One of my more popular pug Christmas card designs came about by accident a few years ago as I was learning how to use Photoshop.

I love the look of pugs, they are just adorable and they are also very popular so a few years ago I decided I really had to make a pug Christmas card for one of my Zazzle stores.

The design started with this photograph of a black pug puppy –

pug puppy dog

I uploaded the photo into Photoshop and using the eraser tool deleted the background. ¬† I then found a creative commons vector image of a Santa hat and put that onto the pug’s head.

When I uploaded the photo to Zazzle to put on a card I realized that it accentuated all of the mistakes I had made with erasing the background as you can see –


Pug Christmas CardPug Christmas Card



The background appears very mottled instead of the pure white it was supposed to be. I had spent so much time that I could’ve cried, but then my daughter came in and saw the image and loved it, especially the mottled background! Instead of deleting it I published the card and waited to see what would happen.

I sold my first card within the first week which I thought was amazing, but I waited and waited to see if I would get a return – I got a re-order from the same person instead!

I’m so glad I didn’t delete it, my only wish now is that I could re-create the mottled looking background easily for some of my other designs! ¬†Over the past few years this card has continued to be a popular holiday card so the moral of the story is – even if your design isn’t as perfect as you wanted, it may be exactly what other people are looking for!

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9 thoughts on “Popular Pug Christmas Card Design”

    1. Thanks Cynthia, I’m a lot better at Photoshop than I used to be, but it’s like everything it gets easier each time you use it. That’s one of my favorite Santa hats that I use (I have 3 go to hats depending on how I want them to sit).

    1. Thanks Susan, I have a number of family members who are besotted by pugs and always sharing gorgeous pug pictures which has managed to get me hooked on the cuties ….. I think my own dog (an Amstaff) is a little jealous of all the pug adoration happening here!

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