Monday, September 5, 2016

Bears in the Thicket

Hi, this is my post for the Dies R us blog.

My nephew just got back from taking his family to Tennessee for their vacation, so I decided to do a little scene that might remind him of that trip for his Birthday card.

I went about die cutting the  Poppystamps Thicket frame from a piece of glossy paper that I applied Adirondack Alcohol inks in Ginger, Sunset Orange and Lettuce.

I decided to use the same applicator and just add a bit more Lettuce alcohol ink to it onto another glossy paper to make the grassy hills, using the Poppystamps Stitched Landscapes dies. I was able to cut out both hills with one piece by having the cutting edge of the dies facing each other, the only part wasted was that thin strip in the middle.

I then cut out two Frantic Stamper Small Oregon fir dies out of green cardstock, colored the trunks with brown marker and then did a little bit of shading with some Pealed Paint Distress ink.  I also cut the Poppystamps Mama and baby bear dies. Here is a close up before adding the thicket frame with foam tape for dimension. As you can see in this picture I had done a little shading on craft cardstock for the bears, but as you can see in the final picture I ended up cutting the bears out of all brown cardstock, I think it helped them jump out a little more from the scene.

The sentiment is from Penny Black -- Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set.

The following are pictures of the dies I used with the links above in the description.

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Hussena said...

Wow, such a gorgeous background. Love the scene you have created & the colors too! :)

Janice said...

What a beautiful card Connie, with a gorgeous scene. I love the Autumn colours and the thicket frame is perfect for the bears! Great tip re the glossy paper too.

Daniela said...

I'm amazed more and more at everything you're able to create ... everything so beautiful, speaking to our heart with joy ... thank you dearie !

Hope your Monday is off to a good start, I'm sending my dearest love to you on your days to come

Xx Dany

Unknown said...

Oh your alcohol inks look amazing, especially cut with that Thickets die, isn't that glorious??? AND your rolling hills are a perfect.....if those bears weren't there I would be looking for Julie Andrews spinning round! Love your Fall card, as will your nephew!

Kim said...

This is such a clever card, Connie. I love the scene with the bears in the background and the thicket is gorgeous. The thicket really pops. Just so stunning!

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

That frame die is really gorgeous! Your created such a nice scene and what a lot of work with doing the panels with the alcohol inks for your scenery. Lovely card!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Connie, what an amazing scene with your alcohol ink backgrounds! They are gorgeous and really help to make the card. And the dies are those bears! Beautiful border die with the trees, and I know your nephew is going to LOVE this card! Wow, it's fabulous, Connie! Hugs, sweet friend!

Donna Ellis said...

Wow, Connie! You have created such an elaborate scene - one of beauty and love! Thanks for showing the AI's with dies, and for giving me more ideas for those frame dies! It's a true work of art!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my WOW, Connie! This is amazing! The alcohol inks make that thicket frame look gorgeous. I love that die, anyway, but you've really taken it over the top. What a fabulous scene with the hills and bears and trees. Wow again!

April said...

I love your beautiful card! Great job!

Lowcarb team member said...

Just love this design - it's brilliant!

All the best Jan

Marie-Louise said...

This is fantastic Connie.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Amazing card Connie. Love the background with the alcohol inks... what a great scene too... the earth tones look great with the outdoor theme.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

LOVE this card with the lovely Fall colored trees!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Oh My Goodness Connie this is a creative dream!
So beautifully layered AND inked! (where is the
"Favorite" button ?! : ) Love it~ Karen O

Christine said...

This is a fantastic step by step tutorial on making this awesome autumn card! Love every bit of it, Connie!

Debbie said...

a gorgeous card!! so many intricate much thought and love!! it's a beauty connie!!!

Bev - Guneaux Designs said...

Wow, Connie, this card is OUTSTANDING!!! The fall background you created is remarkable!! Your card has inspired me to try this technique. Great work, Connie

Bev - Guneaux Designs on SCS

Alex said...

Love the bears!~ And the mouse!
In the bear card it looks like the Mama bear is speaking the sentiment to the little one ~ cute!
Hope you had a great vacation, Connie.