Holiday Cards

Warm Holiday Greetings

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Hi again! With this third post of the day I’m finally caught up.  Thanks for tolerating the extra emails 🙂

Today’s card features a sweet bear from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I was completely unaware of this brand until I went to the Scrapbook Expo in Sacramento last month.  I’m so glad I found my way to their booth, the illustrations are so lovely!

I started with an A2-sized piece of Canson XL watercolor paper which I trimmed using the largest of the Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangles die set.  I smooshed two colors of Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar) onto an acrylic block, slightly overlapping the colors, and then spritzed the block seven times with a Ranger Distress Sprayer (any fine misting sprayer will do) from about a foot away.  I then turned the block onto the watercolor paper, weighed the block down with a heavy book, and set a timer for five minutes.  When time was up, I slowly removed the block at an angle, lifting from the light pink area first to try to avoid dragging too much dark inky water into the light areas.  Then I mopped up some small pools of inky water using a paper towel.

While the background was drying, I stamped one of the bears from the Elizabeth Craft Designs Winter Bears stamp set in Copic-friendly Hero Arts Intense Black ink onto Neenah Solar White 80# Classic Crest cardstock.  Then I spent some lovely time coloring.  I used BG10, BG32, BG45, and BG07 for the scarf and hat.  For the bear’s fur I used E42, E31, E23, and E35, though in hindsight I could have skipped the E42 which felt a little too cool and which I eventually went over with the E31.  For his nose I used W3, W5, W7, and W9.  I did add a bit of C1 and C2 to the pom pom but it’s really hard to see in the photo.

I added some dots of white Sakura Gelly Roll pen to the snowflake on the bear’s nose, and some black Sakura Glaze pen to add a bit of shine and dimension to his eyes.  I also added a bit of clear Wink of Stella to the lightest areas of his blue hat and scarf for a bit of shimmer.  I partial die cut him with the coordinating die, because the die cuts out his body, and then fussy cut around the bottom of his scarf and torso.  Then I backed him with foam tape and adhered him to the background.

The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp’s Tiny Word Christmas stamp set.  I stamped it in Versafine Clair Nocturne ink onto a strip of the same watercolor paper.  I backed the sentiment with foam tape and added it to the card front.

To finish, I adhered the card front to an A2-sized piece of Recollections kraft cardstock, and then adhered that to an A2-sized card base.

Thanks so much for visiting!

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