Although the Feels Like Frost paper and skating polar bear might evoke feelings of the freezing winter temperatures, this card brought me warm and pleasant feelings and a longing for winter, cozied up near the fireplace. Seriously though, how stinkin’ cute is this skating polar bear? He (I’m saying it is a due bear), looks so happy skating—he even looks like he’s doing an ice dance or speed skating!
The main ingredients are:
Stamp Set: Warm & Toasty
Dies/Punch(es): Layering Circles (alternative: Stitched Shapes)
Cardstock: Balmy Blue, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Feels Like Frost
Ink Colors: Balmy Blue
Stampin’ Blends: Light Balmy Blue, Dark Balmy Blue
Stampin’ Write Markers: n/a
Embellishments & Accessories: n/a
Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, as noted above
Paper trimmer and/or scissors (for fussy cutting and trimming)
Adhesive(s) of your choice, such as Stampin’ Seal, Stampin’ Seal+, multipurpose liquid glue, etc.
Coloring and blending with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers
Card Base: Balmy Blue trimmed to 8 ½ x 5 ½” and scored in the middle at 4 ¼” to create the card crease
Background Panels: I chose two pieces of the designer series paper (DSP) from the Feels Like Frost pack and cut four (4) pieces down to 4” x 1 ½”. Those pieces make up the layering mat / panel adhered to the Balmy Blue cardstock.
Circle: I chose another piece of DSP from the Feels Like Frost pack. Using the Layering Circles dies, I selected a size that fit the polar bear and a portion of the greeting tag, placed it on the DSP, and ran it through the die cutting machine. Alternatively, one of the stitched circles from the Stitched Shapes dies would work nicely as well.
Polar Bear: the polar bear was stamped in black on Whisper White cardstock and colored with both the Light Balmy Blue and Dark Balmy Blue Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. I then fussy cut the polar bear (unfortunately, there are no dies with this stamp set). I’m getting better at my fussy cutting skills.
Sentiment: I stamped the sentiment in Balmy Blue ink on Whisper White cardstock.
Putting it All Together: I started by gluing down the background panels, glued the polar bear and sentiment to the cut circle, and then adhered the circle using foam adhesive strips to the card. I also used foam adhesive strips to lift the section of the cut sentiment cardstock that extends past the circle.
This card was inspired by the very similar card on page 42 of the Stampin’ Up! August – December 2020 Mini Catalog. The catalog is a great source for creative inspiration!
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