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Birthday: Bear and balloons

bear & balloons

This card was created on 29th July: day 25 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge.

I was going to be good about buying more stamp sets — I have a pile of ones waiting to be inked up — but these bears! How could I resist…


For a change, I decided to keep it simple. Some straightforward stamping and Copic colouring with lots of white space. The sentiment was stamped in Versafine, which isn’t Copic-safe, so I had to be careful when I added the ground beneath the birthday. The highlights on the balloons were added with the colourless blender and the balloons were given a coat of Wink of Stella for sparkle. A few white gel pen dots brightened up the present, along with some more Wink of Stella on the ribbon. The panel was mounted flat on the card base with a strip of polka dot paper on either side.

bear & balloons - detail



  • stamps:
    My Favorite Things – beary special birthday
    Create A Smile – mini birthday
  • inks:
    Memento – tuxedo black
    Versafine – onyx black
  • pens:
    Uni-ball Signo UM-153 – white
  • Copic markers:
    bear fur – YR24, YR27, E37
    bear nose – W7
    bear muzzle – YR20, YR21
    bear ears – YR20, R20
    present – Y02, Y08, R24, R27
    blue balloon – B02, B04, B06, 0
    red balloon – R14, R24, R27, 0
    yellow balloon – Y02, Y06, Y08, 0
    shadow – W00, W1, W3
  • embellishments:
    Wink of Stella – clear
  • paper and card:
    Neenah solar white 216gsm
    Doodlebug – paper pad – kraft in color
    Hunkydory adorable scorable – cotton white

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