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Stay Cool!

Happy Friday! Bear is taking a break from cycling and relaxing on a beach today. I love the bear series of Waffle Flower stamps! I’ve used the Stay Cool stamp set on this card and I started by stamping and masking the bear, blanket and palm tree before airbrushing the sky and sand with Copics. The palm tree is from the Waffle Flower Tiger and Lily stamp set.

I stamped a few clouds from an MFT stamp set on eclipse tape and used the masks on the sky background rather than die-cut clouds. Gives it a bit of a softer look. I also used a large piece of eclipse tape to mask off the sand while airbrushing the sky and vice versa.

Then, I colored the images with Copics and stamped the sentiment.

To finish it off, I stamped, colored and die-cut a little tropical drink from this set and adhered it with dimensional adhesive.

Hope you enjoyed and hope your weekend is as relaxing as Bear’s!

Waffle Flower

Today is a Good Day to Be Happy

Hi there! What could be happier on a Monday than a bear on a bicycle? I saw this Happy Day stamp set from Waffle Flower Crafts and had to have it. Aside from paper crafting, cycling is a huge passion of mine and since I spent the better part of this past weekend on one bike or another, I thought this card was perfect this morning.

This was my first adventure with Faber Castell Polychromos and these pencils are a pure delight to work with. I’ve been coloring with Prismacolor Premier pencils for about 10 years and while they’re really nice pencils, I got tired of the breakage that seems to be so common with them these days. I love how smooth the Polychromos lay down color and blend and I’m not afraid to sharpen them for fear of the leads breaking in the casing. Beauty.

I originally intended to make this an A2 size card with my colored scene and sentiment, but then decided it looked a little plain. After coloring the scene on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper, I matted it on a dark purple cardstock sized just a bit smaller than my 5″ x 7″ card and added a little patterned paper strip at the bottom for part of the sentiment.

I cut a strip of vellum and embossed it with a Sizzix embossing folder on the left side and then stamped, colored and die-cut a flower and a few leaves from the My Favorite Things Blissful Blooms stamp set and coordinating die-namics. I adhered the flower with dimensional adhesive.

I finished it off by stamping a banner from the Lawn Fawn Bannerific stamp set on patterned paper, cutting it out and adding the sentiment from the Happy Day set. I also adhered this with dimensional adhesive for a little extra interest.

I hope the bear on a bicycle brings a smile today and thanks for stopping by!