I have been wanting to add coloring white fur to my Copic coloring YouTube series and ever since I saw Sandy Allnock’s Charity Hop, I’ve been wanting to create a card that celebrated polar bears, who are endangered and losing their habitats to global warming (the big melt). So I decided to try my hand at coloring up the super cute bear from Some Odd Girl’s “Winter Friends” stamp set. I looked at lots of pictures of real polar bears and found one that was very similar to the stamped image so it was actually relatively easy to translate the colors, shadows and highlights for this image (see video below for shadow mapping and coloring process)
To add a bit of fun for me, I tried a new-to-me Copic coloring technique, taking a chance by trying to color an Aurora Borealis (aka Northern Lights) background sky. This was a total experiment, and I could have ruined the Copic colored bear, but I figured–nothing ventured, nothing gained. I was so excited as it started to come together. I felt lucky that it turned out — almost as lucky as I felt when I once saw the Northern Lights when I was on a family vacation cruise to Alaska 13 years ago.
I used the following Copic colors for the whole single layer card scene:
Polar bear with his “white” fur: E50, E51, W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, R30, and R20
Northern Lights sky background: G14 (yes, green!), B34, B37, B39
Snowy/icy foreground with the cast shadow: B000, B01, C1 and C2
While this is a clean and simple single layer card, I actually layered a LOT of Copic colors for what I think came out to be a rich layered and dimensional look. The following is a Copic coloring process video showing the coloring of the polar bear:
This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Green Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Bit O Green Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Layer it Up Challenge
CASology Melt Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Challenge Anything Goes with Optional Pearls or Gems
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Addicted to Stamps and More Clean and Simple Challenge
Penny Black and More Anything Goes Challenge
MarkerPOP Lucky Pot of Gold (Green) Challenge
I just saw your very cute card. Love how you painted the little bear….so much to do yet amazing how it comes out and one wouldn’t think it took all of that detail. I love the background as well…very eye catching.
The coloring is so gorgeous and striking!! Love the color contrast, too! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Bit O’ Green” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!
Super colours and background, thank you so much for joining us at Penny Black and More this month.
A gorgeous and fun card. The vibrant background and great shadowing work.
Thank you for entering our challenge at Penny Black and More.
Thanks so very much Shirley! I really had fun coloring up this scene. 🙂
Eek, another one! Wow, that background is stunning, and the bear is colored beautifully! Thanks again for joining us over at MarkerPop!
Thank you bunches Valerie! I’ve missed you on MarkerPOP too! 🙂 Glad you are back!
ca-ute. Well done coloring. The northern lights is what really caught my eye.
Awww thanks so much Linda! It was a leap of faith, but I thought the worse that could happen would be that I would have to color up another bear. 😀 lol
Wow, that polar bear is colored so beautifully! And the sky…such a cool way to depict the Northern Lights! (I hope we get to see them on an upcoming trip to Iceland…hoping it works out, I’d love to see them!) Thabks for joining us at CASology this week!
Thanks so much Judy! Oh I hope you get to see them in Iceland too! My parents went to Iceland last year but unfortunately they didn’t see them because it was overcast most of the time they were there.
Stunning card and awesome coloring…thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge,hope to see you again
Thank you so very much Zeljka!
Gorgeous card, love the stunning background and the polar bear is fantastic and very cute. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra
Thank you so much Sandra! I really appreciate the sweet comment!
Your coloring is absolutely stunning! I can just about feel that soft fur and the Aurora Borealis is gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!
Absolutely stunning, gorgeous stamp and your colouring is amazing,
Thank you for sharing at Penny Black & More ‘Anything Goes’ challenge and good luck x Susan x
so very adorable – thanks for sharing your project at Addicted to Stamps and More
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional gems or pearls” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
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PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy the past couple of weeks…
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