Today’s card is featuring a card I made for my friend Kari. She recently lost her dad and is understandably heartbroken. On the day her dad passed away, she made a card for him with a bear on it. She came up with an idea to make 74 cards with bears to celebrate each year of his life. Such a sweet idea, but she needs help and that’s where I, and lots of her crafty friends, come in.
You, too, can help! Make a card with a bear of any kind, post on social media and use the hashtag #bearcardsfordad.
I decided to use an unBEARably cute (see what I did there?) bear from the Polar Peek-A-Boo Pals stamp set. This is from Avery Elle, and has a coordinating diecut set too. I teamed this bear up with another Avery Elle set called Rainbows, which I coloured in with Copics.
The bear was also coloured in with Copics, and then I used the coordinating diecut on him and the paws. I wanted him to poke up over the clouds, so I used the Rainbows stamp set to mark where the cloud would go. With scissors I trimmed down this bit to achieve the look of him coming up over the cloud. The paws were placed to cover up the corners to keep them down.
Sentiment wise I decided to go straight to the point with ‘bear hugs’ and I used yet another Avery Elle set called Simply Hugs, which comes with the backing/shadow part as well as a word die. I only used the word die itself, and cut that out of black card stock.
With All The Letters Dies from Concord & 9th I spelled out BEAR and cut that out of the panel itself. I popped these up with foam letters cut out with the same dies, and layered these up with the glue tube from Lawn Fawn.
I did add a little bit of clouds to the background with the Cloud Builder stencil from Pinkfresh Studio, and Sky Blue and Ocean Breeze inks. These inks blend amazingly well, even on Neenah paper, which not all inks do so that’s a major plus! I used Life Changing Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios for the blending to get that soft look. The masking sheets I use are from Woodware, and they are my faves!
With all these bits and pieces done, it was easy peasy work to put the whole thing together and add that to a white card base. This card will be popped into the mail to brighten Kari’s day up, and to let her know I’m thinking of her.
Lots of love and happy crafting from Erica
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