Monday, April 24, 2017

Polar Bear Christmas

     Today's card is another salute to recycling instead of tossing away.  I've been working on the Christmas images my friend mailed to me a month ago and that made me remember a box of old cards which I had saved because I thought some of them could be recycled into other cards.

     I found a card with this image of the mama polar bear and her two cubs.  It was already colored but I wanted a snowier look so I took a white gel pen and added all the snowflakes to the bears and more snow to the trees, then used white chalk and a Q-tip to add another layer of white over the entire thing.  The white chalk softened the image and even gave it more depth.  Unfortunately, it didn't photograph as well as I had hoped, regardless of how many different shots and angles I tried.

     I inked the edges of the image and then played with different background colors, first trying blue and gray.  But when I laid the image onto bright, Christmas-red, CS, I knew that was the perfect choice.  :-D

     I found the glittered, gold mesh, ribbon in my stash and added a strip of it the red background piece before layering on the image.  I tied one of my "bow tie" bows from red satin ribbon and added it.  The sentiment is heat embossed, as are the tiny, gold snowflakes.  A rather CAS design but one which is definitely 'finished.'

Christmas Cards
Cookie Challenge
Craft-Dee Bowz
Glitter n Sparkle
Jo's Scrap Shack
Morgan's Art World
Penny's Paper-Crafty
Word Art Weds.

     Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  I did.  I'm facing a really busy week this week, doing all the last minute things necessary to get my younger granddaughter off to the national Cheer Championships in Florida.  We're hoping the wildfire situation won't have too great an impact or that the fires will have been put out by the time she and her team have to be there.  I've been saying prayers for all my friends who live in Florida that all is well for them despite the fires.  Happy Stamping.  NanaConnie


Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous Connie, I love the image. I hope your granddaughter has a fabulous time in Florida.
Linda xxx

cotnob said...

A fabulous card, such an adorable image.
Thank you for joining us for our Anything Goes challenge at Polkadoodles.

jimlynn said...

CAS and perfection once again! Love the recycling and the bears are just so pretty. Fantastic card!

Aunty Sue said...

what a lovely CAS christmas card thanks for sharing at craft this week and good luck in the draw

Anonymous said...

What a great technique to add a bit more dimension to your photo! It's a great card! Thank you for joining us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge and I hope we will see you play along again!
Tammy DT

Teresa Arsenault said...

What a precious picture and a beautiful card. hugs, Teresa

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

What a sweet little image and I adore that little bow! Super pretty card! Thanks for linking up your project with us at Christmas Card Challenges.

Stacey’s Creative Corner
Christmas Card Challenges, DT Member

MaryV said...

So sweet! Thank you for playing along at Penny's Challenges this week.

Daffodil Cards said...

Wonderful image, love the red surround to "warm" the bears.

Heather said...

OH! . . . . they are so cute!! Genius idea to reuse this sweet image and you're right, the red IS perfect! Love the gold embossed sentiment and that adorable little bow! Thanks for playing with Jo's Scrap Shack.

Karen (karey2005) said...

So precious! Love that sweet family, great card! Thanks for linking up at Christmas Card Challenges! Karen (CCC DT)

Jonnece Putu said...

Just beautiful. The image is so sweet. Thanks for joining us at 'If you give a crafter a cookie'. Jonnece DT

lalkygirl said...

what a sweet card ,love the cute image
Thanks for joining us at Craftdeebowz and good luck

Susan Powell said...

such an adorable image. Thanks for joining us this week at Christmas Card Challenges.

Tina Föcking said...

Nice work..
Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Craft Challenge Anything Goes.
Hugs, Tina – DT