I love so many of the free coloring pages that Elizabeth O. Dulemba, who is an children’s book illustrator, regularly offers on her blog. This “Sledding Bear!” has such glee that I couldn’t resist coloring him up. I decided that the movement in the image would be a perfect background for some shaker cards.
I started the background using the snowflakes from the “tinsel& twig” stamp set from the girls’ paperie with Tsukineko VersaMark Clear Ink and white embossing powder. The embossed snowflakes create a resist. I applied Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and Tsukineko Artnic baby blue ink in a circular motion using finger daubers, and the embossed snowflakes were left crisp and white (if you have residual ink, you can dab that off with a tissue or a baby wipe). I then colored up the digi with the following Copic colors, using a dotting technique to mimic boucle wool for the wooly parts:
Bear: W1 and W3
Scarf and hat trim: BG 10 and BG45
Hat and sled: RV52 and RV 55
I used Mod Podge to glue on the fussy cut digi onto the snowy background to create a seamless backing for the shaker pieces to move on.
I made the top part of the shaker with a piece of upcycled plastic packaging. I first dry embossed a piece of white card stock using a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder. Then I used an X-ACTO Knife to cut out an opening for the plastic packaging to fit through. I filled the container area with a fun mix of white and silver sequins, tiny pearls, snowflake sequins, and sequin hearts. I wanted to add the little hearts to signify all the “love in the air” that the bear is zooming through. LOL I used Glossy Accents to adhere the plastic packaging to the embossed white top piece as well as the base background.
For finishing touches I added a little organza ribbon with white polka dots to the bottom of the embossed top panel, and tied it in a pretty bow. I hot glued a little flat back pearl heart on the center of the bow to highlight the love theme of the card, which I was afraid might get lost in this fun, interactive card. This card is joining the batch of cards I am creating for children at St. Jude’s to use for their Valentines.
The following is a video share of this card:
This card is also being entered into the following challenges:
Raisin Boat Love is in the Air Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Monday Winter Stamping Challenge
CARDZ TV Any Occasion Challenge
The Pink Elephant Love Challenge
IBSIC #90 Hearts Challenge
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! WOOF