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Winter wishes card: Foil and Copic bear

Winter wishes bear


For November’s challenge, Gerda Steiner offered up this little bear with his scarf and mug.

Inspired by:

The colouring on the bear was inspired by a tutorial I found over on the Color Me Copic blog.

The idea:

My initial idea was to foil the digital stamp and sentiment and also to have the image partially cut off at the edge of the panel.


I created the layout with the bear and sentiment on my Mac using Affinity Designer and printed it on the laser printer so that I could foil it using the Minc mini. I used two different foils — copper for the bear and red for the sentiment — I just had to be careful the foils didn’t slip in the transfer folder.

Once the foiling was done, I rounded the corners and sat down to think how best to colour it.

Inspired by a tutorial I found for colouring animals and keeping some texture in the fur, I got out my trusty Copics and had a play. I’m quite pleased with how most of it turned out, but some bits could have done with a smoother transition. Still not bad for a first attempt.

The bear was finished off with a coat of pico embellisher shimmer over the scarf and mug.

I cut out a mask for the bear and used two colours of Distress ink through a Tim Holtz stencil to create the background.

The panel was mounted on a dark green card base (with rounded corners) using a piece of fun foam to pop it up.

Winter wishes bear - foil

Lessons learned:

I am becoming more and more convinced that it isn’t actually possible to photograph a card that has colouring and foiling on so that you can see both the colouring and the foiling. Or at least not without a completely different lighting setup to the one I have.


Gerda Steiner progressive monthly challenge – November


  • digital stamps:
    Gerda Steiner – little mug bear
  • font:
    Comic Neue Angular (free font)
  • stencils:
    Tim Holtz – tracks
  • foil:
    Wow! – fab foil – copper
    Wow! – fab foil – red
  • inks:
    Distress – ink pad – tattered rose, cracked pistachio, antique linen
  • Copic markers:
    bear – E34, E35, E57, E59, E02
    scarf – R27, R46, R59
    mug – G12, G14, G07, E17, E18
    shadow – W0, W1, W3, W5
  • embellishments:
    Irresistible pico embellisher – shimmer
  • paper and card:
    Papermill Direct – plain – dark green
    Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
  • miscellaneous:
    We R Memory Keepers – ¼″ corner chomper
    Heidi Swapp – minc mini

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