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Hey guys and gals!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day! Today I have got a card with lots of teal and a cute little bear – whats not to love??

I recently noticed a challenge online that was to create a generic card which could be used for any occasion. I realised that I had been making lots of cards recently, but usually for a purpose and nearly all had a greeting on the front – so I decided to join in the fun!

This card focuses on two main techniques – firstly, embossing <3 <3 , and secondly, a little creative thinking when it comes to stretching your stamps….let me walk you though it!

First off, I stamped the large circle twig image from the Country Wreath stamp set onto a kraft card front, using versamark ink. I made sure to prep the surface first with an embossing buddy to ensure that the embossing powder granules only stuck to the stamped image. Next, I look a piece of scratch kraft card stock and stamped lots of the beautiful flowers and leaves from the same Country Wreath set, and once again embossed them in white. Next I used a foam blending application to apply white pigment ink all over the embossed images.


This gave the stamped shapes a whiter feel, but you could still tell they were kraft cardstock. Next I used some Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours to colour the images in with a teal colour. Because I applied the white pigment ink to my images first, this gives a truer result when adding colour to kraft cardstock.

The cute bear is from the Flakey Friends set – isn’t he simply adorable! Because I wanted him to look like a Polar bear, he didn’t need much work to be honest – so I simply added a little light blue copic marker in a few areas to create the perception of shadow. I also added some black glaze pen to his eyes and nose to give a little dimension and fun…but, the real fun is the banner behind Mister Polar Bear!


Do you recognise the stamp? For this one, I was thinking outside of the box! I have used the fun banner stamp from the Special Delivery stamp set. The stamp set has a cute bird that can pull the banner, but I decided to use the banner stamp in a very different way. Let me guide you through the steps I took to achieve the final results!

Stamp the banner image six times onto heavy weight cardstock and fussy cut them out along the stamped line

  • Stick two together with a little liquid glue to create 3 sets of longer banners. On one strip, trim both pointy ends, and trim one end of both the other strips – one trimmed on the right and the other trimmed on the left.
  • Cut two additional long thin strips of cardstock. Then use a black brush tip marker to ink all the edges.
  • Colour all the cardstock using distress ink and a blending tool, and then stick them together with a little liquid adhesive to create a flowing banner shape.


So there you have it! A fun and different way to use the banner stamp! Yes, I know that there is a seam in the middle of the banner where I have stuck two stamped images together but you cannot see that bit when my furry friend sits right on top!

Thanks for joining me today! And if you have found new and different ways to use your stamps, please do leave a comment  – I would love to hear all about it!

Oh, and I should also tell you that over on my HungryHeffyCrafts blog, I am celebrating 5000 YouTube subscribers with a GIVEAWAY! 🙂 YAY!  Not only can you win a stash of products, but you can also win a $15 voucher to the HoneyBeeStamps StoreCome on over and leave a comment to enter, and you too can treat yourself to some HoneyBeeStamps goodies!!

Have a great day!


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2 responses to “A Bear, A Wreath and a Top Technique to stretch your stamps!”

  1. Arianna Barbara says:

    Absolutely cute!!!!

  2. laurajane says:

    CUTE cute CUTE!! Love how you made that banner Lesley:)