Can you believe there is a teddy bear card on my blog? I am having trouble believing it myself. Not that I have anything against teddy bears, in fact I have a soft spot for Winnie the Pooh in particular, but I have never done any teddy bear stamping and colouring before!
I kept things simple with this sweet stamp from Penny Black, it’s called ‘a present’ and I’ve paired it with a sentiment from the PB ‘peaceful time’ set. I worked on hot pressed watercolour paper and did the initial stamping with antique linen distress ink. I decided to keep my colour scheme simple; it could almost be called a primary colour scheme except that the ‘yellow’ component is more of a brown. I smooshed rusty hinge, blueprint sketch and candied apple distress inks onto my glass mat and diluted them as needed with a paintbrush and water. To paint the image I worked on one section at a time and never on adjacent sections one after the other, that way I let each section dry before painting beside it.
I didn’t do anything too fancy on this, my first teddy bear panel. The whole bear is painted with rusty hinge ink, I just use undiluted ink in places where I wanted shadow or definition. I used markers at the end to add detail that had faded with the painting.
The little bit of string peeping out the side I went over with a gold gel pen and the sentiment is stamped in versafine red satin ink. To complete the card I matted in red cardstock and attached it to an Alexandra Renke polka dot paper. Then, because I thought it would be cute, I used my 3-in-1 punch board to make a matching polka dot envelope.
Don’t look too closely at teddy, he seems to have tanned one arm way more than the other!