Friday, November 21, 2008



Hi everyone, 

I couldn't sleep last night, so I decided to play in my stamp room. This is the biggest card that I have ever made. The finished card measures 6 4/8 x 6 7/8. I'm not big on accurate measurements. LOL.....I kind of eyeball a lot of stuff. The Polar Bear stamp from Coronado Island is huge. Probably the biggest stamp that I have. So much so, that I had to use a wood stamp to stamp with it, since I don't own an acrylic block big enough. Any ways, here's all of the specs, in case anyone was curious. 

Stamps Used: Coronado Island Design = Polar Bear & Santa Hat, Inkadinkado Flourishes, Stampin Up = Lots of Thought. 
Paper Used: Stampin Up Whisper White, Basic Black, Baja Breeze.
Inks Used: Palette Noir Black, Stampin Up Baja Breeze, and Not Quite Navy. 
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers in Scarlet Lake, Mahogany Red, Cool Grey 10%, Eggshell, Colorless Blender. Marvy Metallics = Silver. Scotch Double Stick Tape, and Fiskars Glue Pen. 


First stamped the Polar Bear with Palette's Noir Black on Whisper White, then stamped it again, and cut it out to use as a mask later. 

Colored the Polar Bear with Marvy Markers with the color Eggshell. I actually colored the marker first on to my acrylic block, then picked up the color with the Colorless Blender, so the color wouldn't be so dark. You probably can't see it in the photo, but it's a really light eggshell color.

Colored directly on to acrylic block. 


Cut out my Polar Bear mask and lightly taped it to the first image. I just used a piece of double stick tape under the middle of the mask, but stuck it to my jeans a few times, so it wouldn't be as sticky, and rip the paper when I take the mask off. 


Then I put a post-it note a little above the middle of the image, making sure that it was straight.

Brayered Baja Breeze on the exposed area, then sponged baja breeze around the Polar Bear's head to cover up the white part that the brayer didn't get. If you under cut your mask a little, it won't leave much white behind, when you brayer over it. Then I brayered Not Quite Navy on the top half of the card and then sponged it a little more to get rid of the brayer lines. 

Remove the Post-it note and lightly sponge baja breeze over the rest of the snow area, then you can remove the mask when you get it how you like it. The yellowish part that you see in the photo was just some extra color left on my sponge. I covered it up in the end, with the saying. 

I used a ruler to apply the silver to the edges. I first tried it free hand, but I can't ever get it straight, so I ended using the ruler. 

Then I stamped the Santa Hat with Palette's Noir Black ink. 

Colored it first with Scarlet Red, and before it dried, went in to the darker areas and shaded it with the Mahogany Red. Then I colored the white part of the hat with Cool Grey 10% on the edges and then used the colorless blender to bring it to the rest of the white part. 

Then I cut it out, and glued it to the Polar Bear's head with a Fiskar's glue pen. 

I thought it was still a little plain looking, so I stamped the Inkadinkado Flourishes around the right and top edges with Baja Breeze. 

Then I stamped the Stampin Up "Lots of Thoughts" saying, Merry Wishes on to Whisper White CS and sponged some Baja Breeze on it, and then layered over Basic Black and Baja Breeze CS. 

Then I assembled it over Basic Black and Baja Breeze. 

The End. 

I hope you enjoyed. 

Hugs, 

Alena :o)


7 comments:

Adair said...

Alena, I love this!!! Well done and so sweet!

CT's World said...

What a gorgeous card!

Ami said...

I think it's wonderful and your tutorial is perfect. Love it.

inkifingers aka julie said...

OOO Alena! Great tutorial for a beautiful card!!

donatelloh said...

Alena that's fantastic. You are doing such amazing work. Keep it up!

Cheers!
D in FL

theneon said...

Thanks so much for the step-by-step. Glad you couldn't sleep -- this is a great card. Martha Kay

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

What an interesting stamp, a wonderful card and a fabulous tutorial!!!! Best wishes --