Friday, 23 January 2009

Bear Hugs

Kim Hughes has a very distinctive style - just look at the eye on this bear, could the artwork be done by anybody other than Kim?!

The bear in the set faces left but I thought it would be fun to bring together a bear pair to go with the hug sentiment! I used a mirror stamp to make the bear who faces right.

Sherrie had a cool tutorial on her blog the other day for making the illusion of textured fur by using blender solution and some wadding (batting for my north American friends). I don't have any blender solution so I adapted the technique by colouring the bears with a Chamois marker and then dotting over the top with the colourless blender and a lighter colour (Brick Beige). As Copics are alcohol-based, the lighter inks push the darker base coat out of the way and you get a "furry" bear. You can see Sherrie's tutorial here if you'd like to have a go with the original technique.

I'm going to pop this card into hubby's bag when he heads off for his next trip :o)

Stamps (Cornish Heritage Farms):
Bear Hugs (Kim Hughes Collection)
Mirror It medium (to reverse the bear image)

Paper:
Epic Laid Black, Simply Smooth (Prism Papers)

Ink:
Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)

Other:
Copic markers
Linen Thread
Nail art gems
Inkssentials white pen by Ranger

Thanks for visiting today, hope you enjoyed the card!

10 comments:

Karen said...

Awe...what great bears, love their expressions! X

Di said...

Oh I love those bears Joanne and how sweet that you're popping the card into hubbys bag....that is so lovely xx

Kathy said...

oh these bears are so cute - and I love the way you've got a really furry look to them - that's soooo clever

Rosie (Freycob) said...

What gorgeous bears Joanne. I love the mirror image. You'll have to share exactly how that technique is done.

x

Hazel said...

Super card - love the furry effect. Hubby is going to love that card. x

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

What a great card Joanne and an awesome idea that I'm sure dear hubby will adore! Aren't you the sweet wife!!

Gez said...

Great fur effect Joanne. It's turned out really well. I love how you come up with brilliant alternatives. :)
Great card for hubby. xx

Janice said...

I missed this card! The bears are gorgeous, I saw them on the CHF blog with the marshmallows and stuff, what a fun set of stamps.

Traceyr said...

Love the bear card Joanne. Off to have a look and see how difficult the mirror stamping thing is.

Joan B said...

Now this is so clever and beautifully made!