friendship cards

Smile for Bear Hugs!

July 19, 2017

Today I am sharing a card featuring Pretty Pink Posh Bear Hugs stamp set and Smile Shaker die from the Pretty Pink Posh July Release. That's right. I'm still making stuff from this amazing release!

Even though I'm using the Smile Shaker die, I am not making a shaker card today so please 'bear' with me. (See what I did there? Hahaha)

I started my card by making a top folding A2 card out of Bristol Smooth paper. Lately this seems to be my go-to paper since I'm obsessed with ink blending. I am starting to feel pretty limited by Distress Inks when it comes to colors so if anybody has any suggestions on inks that blend well so I can add more color to my creations please leave me a comment! Anyways, back to the project at hand. I blended Distress Ink in Scattered Straw from the bottom and faded out to white. I then added some paint splatters by mixing my Distress Ink with little water and flicking it on with a paint brush. I'm still working on this technique, friends. There's always more paint on the hand that flicks the paint than the actual paper! I'm sure with practice it will start to feel more natural. I don't know how to explain it but my paint flicking is pretty awkward. Haha.

While the background dries, I stamped my bears and honey on Bristol Smooth with Memento Tuxedo Black. I saw some girls on YouTube doing this and wanted to see if the Copics will blend better on Bristol Smooth that the usual 110 lb. card stock I've been using. I don't know if I was suppose to wait for it to dry, but the Copics smeared the Memento while I was coloring. I was able to save it but this wasn't ideal and I don't know if I would try it again. I decided it that the card was looking 'bare' (love the puns), so I decided to color some small bees from the Bee Friends stamp set. Bees and honey goes together, right?!

I took some glittery card stock I got from my birthday that I haven't used yet and die cut the Smile Shaker die with my Cuttlebug. (Here's a tip: this die is so detailed and delicate, I always get better results with a shim under one of my plates.) I love how it came out! So glittery and beautiful!

Card assembly time! I glued the Smile Shaker piece directly onto the card base with Ranger Multi Media Matte. I love that this dries matte! It helps out with thin die cuts like this since when glues oozes out a little bit, it dries completely matte and you won't see the residue. Pro results without pro techniques! I then mounted all the bears and bees with foam tape. I put a honey jar and the honey stick around the bears just to ground them a little bit and decided to add the "You're Awesome" sentiment from Bear Hugs by embossing it in white onto black cardstock and mounting it on foam tape as well.

I love how this came out and I hope you did too. Thanks for stopping by!


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