I'm taking a break from my altered book and collage adventure posts to bring you something easier and quicker to demonstrate!!
[Seriously ... my previous post: '101 alternative crafty supplies and where to find them' post wiped the floor with me ... so please ... take pity on me and hop over to read it if you haven't already ... make me feel useful ...]. ;-)
And so ... while I get my crafty strength back [I'm pretty sure there'll be tea and the Christmas24 channel involved] ... how about we just look at a cute bear instead?'Mr. Bear' stamp set [from Creative Expressions /designed by Sam Poole] in the shop he made me smile straight away.
Yes he is a bear, and no I don't make cards for children [for the record: that's just because I don't know any children ... not because I'm downright mean!] ... and yet he falls into that winning category, highly-prized in amongst my crafting friends, of being "cute ... in a good way."
[And yes, there is such a thing as cute in a bad way ... but I'm not naming names!]
So, despite not knowing what on earth I'd do with him, his shabby charm and wistful expression [that face!!] won me over; and he ended up coming home with me:
- ... stamped him on to a slightly patterned paper [I can hardly bear - ha! bear! - to stamp on plain white card].
- Then I used Promarkers to add coloured eyes, nose, tummy and general shading here and there.
- I also snipped his arms free so he could hold the sentiment [from the same stamp set].
- And, as finishing touches I added a Stickles glitter to his ears and Glossy Accents to give him shiny eyes and a wet nose. [Not that I'm sure that indicates a healthy bear or not. I can't even swear it's true for dogs because if I was ever close enough to touch a dog's nose ... I probably wouldn't be conscious to know either way ...]
... I had an idea that - much as was the fate of my dolls when I was little - he'd feel more like my own if I could customise him a little ...
... and so, next time around, I gave him glasses:
'Moustache and Glasses' set from Dovecraft and I wasn't afraid to use it!
- To create a contrast between the bear and his specs I stamped the figure in a greyish/brown shade and the glasses directly on top in black.
- Again, I added Glossy Accents, only this time to act as the glass in the frames.
... so I gave him a moustache:
'Coffee Love' Stamp Set from Precious Remembrance:
Don't the grid designs on both the bear and the cup work well together? I love the surprise elements you can stumble across when combining different supplies!
And finally ... because I'd used the glasses and a moustache separately ... and because sometimes more is more ...
... I gave him a glasses AND a moustache:
And - for those of you who prefer to work from visuals rather than my ramblings - here's a quick re-cap of what I've been trying to say:
5 ideas to take away & use in your own crafting
- Go with your gut instinct when choosing supplies: although you can't always buy everything that catches your eye, occasionally when something draws you in and grabs your imagination, it's nice to give in and treat yourself! I loved Mr.Bear but I didn't know what I'd do with him and so I hesitated ... and now I'm glad I went back and collected him - he's been fun to play with.
- Stamp on to patterned paper: to give you an interesting background on to which it's easy to add additional shading. The pre-coloured base saves you having to colour-in from scratch!
- Mix and match between stamp sets: just because they weren't originally designed to go together doesn't mean you can't make something amazing from the new combination [think: bacon and maple syrup or Sherlock and Molly Hooper].
- Use Glossy Accents on eyes, glasses and noses etc: on stamped images I mean ... not on yourself ... for goodness sake .. you're not safe to be on your own are you?
And that's it from me for this week, go on ... make my day [or at least 2 whole joyous minutes of it] by pinning, sharing or commenting on my beary ideas. Thank you in advance!
None of the links in this post are affiliate/sponsored and I bought all of the stamps with my own money because I liked them. [And also because my friend Janet said the Creative Expressions ones in that range stamped really well ... which swayed me to buy a bear I didn't know I needed!]
All links go directly to the manufacturer's sites but the stamps are available elsewhere.
If you're in the UK and you're looking for a Precious Remembrance stockist then try Sprinkle Twinkle. Again, this isn't a sponsored link, I just know it's tricky to find US brands here, and that's where I got mine.