Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Polar Bear Peace

It's just over three months until Christmas and I can count the number of Christmas cards I've created this year on one hand....that's not good odds for getting these done on time!

I was feeling like I need to make at least ONE card, so I pulled out some of my Ellen Hutson stamps.  I've used this background from the Wonky Backdrops set before for Christmas cards.  It just creates the perfect little backdrop for a quick and easy card.

Before I stamped the background though, I stamped the polar bear from the Arctic Pals set.  I also stamped him on a post it note and fussy cut him out to use as a mask.  This was placed over the polar bear and then I stamped the background.

Because I wanted the fade-in look for the background, I used a sponge dauber and stamped the background multiple times to get the transition I wanted.  I'm actually using one of the oldest inks in my collection - Outdoor Denim from Close to My Heart.  It's really my favorite navy color when I'm looking for a darker, cooler navy.

A little tip, the CTMH inks don't blend as well as some others that one uses for solid stamps, like Hero Arts or Altenew.  To get a smoother finish, I inked up the background with Fairy Dust ink from WPlus9 and that seemed to really smooth things out some.

The sentiment is from an older discontinued EH set - it actually says Peace Love Joy, but I masked off the other two sentiments.

I'm hoping this is just the first of MANY Christmas cards I'll have to share in the coming weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!

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