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)

Epic Laid Black, Simply Smooth (Prism Papers)

Adirondack dye ink by Ranger (Espresso)

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

Thanks for visiting today, hope you enjoyed the card!


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

Unknown said...

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


Hazel said...

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

Darlene 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 Butterworth 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.

Anonymous said...

Now this is so clever and beautifully made!