I don’t know about all of you but I’ve been *so* excited by all the Anniversary Celebrations going on at Papertrey Ink at the moment!! There’s just so much goodness everyday it’s just unbelievable!! I can’t wait for Release Night!!!
One of the first announcements that Nichole made was to announce the DT for this year. Joining the ranks is the amazingly talented Maile Belles. I am in love with this girl!! I’d always loved her work but after the announcement I went to her blog and took a look at all of her past creations, and boy, am I bowled over by her talent!! All of her work is mindblowing!!
Anyway, gushing over with, I’ll move onto today’s post. It’s no coincidence that I mention Maile or her work as the card I’m sharing with you today takes elements from some of her cards that I’ve particularly loved. It’s still not a CASE but it’s about as close as I’ll come to one!! This also gave me the first chance to play with the gorgeously cute Baby Button Bits set that came with my giant PTI order!
Isn’t that just the prettiest card?! I took inspiration for the card dimensions and the rounded corner from some of Maile’s cards but then tried to make the rest my own. I hope it still shows some of my style in the design!!
Take a closer look at that little bear. He looks furry!!! After stamping him with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Rustic White cardstock I coloured him with Copics. Then here’s the clever bit. To create the look of fur I took an old face cloth and dabbed some Colourless Blender ink (neat from the bottle) onto the cloth, then dabbed that onto the bear to give him the impression of textured fur!! I’m so thrilled with how this turned out!! I’d love to say that I came up with the idea for this myself but I have to confess to contacting Copics Guru Debbie Olson to ask her for an idea of how to do it. So Debbie, I hope you like how it turned out!!
I wanted to let the bear be the focal point for the card so I kept a lot of white space, pained me as it did!! I still keep looking at it and wondering if I should add a subtle clear sparkly flourish or something but I’m standing firm with my choice!
So, to add a little interest I added a strip of the new Pretty Pastels patterned paper at the bottom. I punched one side of it with the Fiskars Apron Lace punch (blame Dawn McVey for me succumbing to getting this punch!) for a little something different. I then tied a strip of the Sheer White Polka Dot ribbon and finished it with one of Dawn’s bows. I adhered that to the Rustic White card base with Scor-Tape and then adhered the bear on top with loads of Pinflair Glue Gel.
The sentiment is also from Baby Button Bits. To get a colour close to the bear’s fur I inked up with Dark Chocolate, stamped off once, then inked Smokey Shadow on top of it before stamping onto the card base. I practiced on scrap paper first to make sure it was the colour I was after and I think it turned out really well!!
So what do you think of this card? I’m sure you’ll agree that that little bear is really cute!! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, and also your excitement about the upcoming Release and Anniversary Celebrations. I can’t wait to see what other surprises await us!!