Saturday, September 12, 2009

Another Build-A-Bear Boy

Here's one of the cards we did at our last Dive 'n2 Stampin' workshop. I'm having so much fun with these bears! It's the perfect stamp set for watercoloring. I colored this little boy bear a bit differently than usual. After stamping "Bear", I colored him in lightly with the Stampin' Pastels. I didn't try to fill the whole space, just put some color in the white area. Then I used the coordinating marker color to outline parts of that area. Finally, I blended the color in using an Aqua Painter. I really like this technique and the shading that it provides.

Do you like the Scallop Border? It's not as hard as it looks. For this element, I used six Scallop Square Punches. After punching the six Scallop Squares, I layered the squares to fit the next layer. When you layer, you lay one square on top of the other making sure that the scallops match up. For "Bear", the Bashful Blue layer was 2-1/4" x 3", so I layered the first two squares on the left side covering two scallops. Then I layered the next square covering one scallop. I repeated this for the right side. Finally, I layered the right and left sides covering one scallop. I adhered the first layer (in this case, the Bashful Blue cardstock) on top of the Scalloped Squares. That's an easy way to get those perfect scallop corners. You can modify this for any size cardstock.

Wow, I hope that makes sense. If you're a visual person, you may need to punch those squares out and try it. It makes so much more sense to me when I see it in person rather than in writing. Have fun with these techniques. I know I did!! Until next time...

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