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Jun 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Bear

This card uses the recently released Fred Bear and the Butterfly stamp set.  I used a couple fun techniques for this card.  First, I used Copic marker blender refill to create texture on Fred Bear.  Some people use a dish rag or cloth.  Me?  In true ribbon addict fashion, I grabbed a piece of twill ribbon.  :)  That gave Fred bear a nice twill pattern to his fur.  :) 
  1. Snip off a piece of twill
  2. Squirt a little Copic blender refill on it (not too much)
  3. Dab it on Fred bear, making sure that the ribbon touches all the colored parts of Fred bear
Some don'ts:
  1. Don't add too much blender, or you'll bleach out your image too much (or your ink will run)
  2. Don't use this technique on a fully colored image with multiple parts that you DON'T want texturized.  For instance, if you want to add texture to a pair of pants, color only the pants, then use this technique, make sure it's dry, and then color the rest of the image
  3. Don't use a paper that is prone to smearing with Copics.  The blender will likely saturate your paper and you want to make sure your stamped lines don't run.  I use Papertrey white when using this technique. 
Be creative.  Look around and find things with a nice texture that you can try out.  Once, I used the drawstring on the hoodie I was wearing.  LOL

I used the negative space from the Fresh Cut Grass Die-namics and sponged on ink to create my grass.  I used two different colors of green to add depth and dimension.

Here is a peek inside:

Sketch courtesy of Taylored Expressions.  TESC112

Stamps: Fred Bear and the Butterfly
Ink: Memento black
Paper: white, black, Cosmo Cricket Delovely
Accessories: Janome sew mini, Copic markers, copic blender refill, silver brads, red line tape, red line dimensionals, ribbon, word window punch, PTI flower die, Heidi Swapp ghost shape flower


  1. love the bear....wooohooo on your hits...

  2. love the texture you created. and the bright fun colors are sooo great on this card.

  3. Great idea, Jody! I may have to try that ;D

  4. Ohhh, cuteness! Love the texture you gave this adorable bear and your card is just precious!!!

  5. Super cute!! I love how you combined the stitches - especially along the bottom of your stamped panel.

  6. *Fred The Bear* is adorable ~ I especially like his fluffy bum!

    Thanks for giving the suggestion to try something always provide great inspiration Jody :0)

  7. Amazing card and great tip.

  8. I'm loving these new ribbons.

  9. ADORABLE!!! Love the texture you added, and that flower is so cute!!

  10. ACK! This is totally adorable! And I LOVE how you added the pattern onto the bear! Must try that!


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