Saturday, March 26, 2011

Mark's Finest Papers #48 - Polar Bear

Hello everyone!  This week's Speedy's Friends Challenge at Mark's Finest Papers:  to use dry AND heat embossing AND to pop up part of your image. 

I dry-embossed my little polar bear from the Mark's Finest Papers set, Time To Chill, using a Cuttlebug folder called  Holly Ribbons.  I did it twice, so I could cut out his head and pop that up even more than his body. 


The card base began as a white card.  I stamped the snowflakes from Time To Chill in Versamark ink, then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder.  On this card, I tried my hand at brayering layers of color over those snowflakes for the evening sky.  I don't have good brayering skills!

My disappointment with the brayering led me to create the same card, but with a sponged sky in those same colors.

 Gives it a much different look, doesn't it?


We'd love for you to play in our challenge this week!  Visit the Speedy's Challenge webpage for details, then link up your card there by Friday, April 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm EST. 

For more inspiration, check out what my teammates have done for you:

Thanks for joining me!

Colleen

Stamps:  Time To Chill
Paper:  white by PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Basic Black, Pale Plum, Orchid Opulence, Almost Amethyst, Ballet Blue, Brilliant Blue
Other:  clear embossing powder (SU), heat tool, iridescent glitter, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Holly Ribbons embossing folder, dimensionals, sponge, brayer, glue pen

20 comments:

Ann Schach said...

Adorable, Colleen! I love the textured, popped up bear! The sponged sky is beautiful!

~Tammy~ said...

Such beautiful detail work, and speaking of detail I love the detail shots of your work!

Susan Raihala said...

Colleen, I love the brayered sky AND the sponged one. They are totally different looks but both are lovely. What a sweet and detailed card!

Emily Keaton said...

Colleen, that polar bear is just the cutest!! What a great idea to dry emboss him, and I love the dimension you added by popping up his head. What a fantastic sky on both of them. I went through a similar sort of process (brayer *and* sponging) when I made cards from the African Veldt set recently. It was fun to explore! The glittered piles of snow are the perfect touch. Thinking of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love both cards!Such a cute embossed bear - almost looks like he has the wind blowing swirls in it's hair. What can I say, we had snow and wind yesterday but it is gone and now looks like more rain or snow coming. Love the glittery snow! Great job!

Chris R. from Iowa

Marisa said...

Darling scene! Love the dimension on the bear and it is amazing the difference in the sky with the two techniques. Great card. Hugest of hugs to you :)

Stella said...

Two different color schemes and both are gorgeous. That polar bear is so adorable; all I can say is ahhh...so lovely!

Karen (TLgirl353) said...

I really like both of the cards. The embossed polar bear is adorable! And look at that, 2 more Christmas cards all ready for December!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Beautiful little polar bear--love the embossing and the glittered snow! SOOO cute:)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Oops--I just realized that I rss feed to your blog--but not follow! Guess I'm stalking you now;)

Harriet Skelly said...

Colleen I love your brayered sky in the first card and I also like the sponged one in the second. You got two different looks but they are both awesome! I love the texture of the polar bear!

Nicky said...

love your card and the colours you have used - thank you for popping by to comment on my blog - I have fixed the photos if you wanted to see the card lol

Joanne (jojot) said...

what a grin producer...so sweet...wonderful scene.....fabulous sky

redwasher1 said...

I love how you did the bear!!Very creative!! I love both versions of the sky!! I haven't had much luck with brayering!!

Benzi said...

Ooh, what a darling polar bear. Love your sponging. Both cards are just adorable. I don't know about using that sentiment around SOME folks...think they've had all the white stuff the can stand. LOL

Hugs and prayers.

Pauline said...

Colleen, these are the bee's knees! Or the polar bears! However, such a wonderful combination of techniques, and I think the sponging pips the brayering to the post just a smidgen! Such soft lovely colours, and wouldn't we all love to see the Northern Lights? xxx

Vicki Dutcher said...

You did a fabulous job with the challenge!! He is so cute embossed!

Stacey G.- 2 Craf-t-4u said...

You have been a very busy girl! I have missed several of your cards this week. I am so sorry! They are all beautiful! This one is adorable! love the snowy hills and the backround color

Jinny Newlin said...

These are ever so sweet, Colleen! LOVE those darling, little, embossed polar bears and your glitter-capped hills! Totally put a smile on my face!

Andrea Ewen said...

Wow, Col...love that dusk background with the purple and blue! And the glitter trail is the perfect accent! Gorgeous!

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