Ellen Hutson – Bear Christmas Cards and a Tag

Hello crafty friends! Today might be a little bit of a longer post because I have 2 cards and a tag to share with you.

I have been in love with the Ellen Hutson bear by Julie Ebersole since it first came out. I immediately splurged on the stitching dies and have made a billion of those cuties but I recently started adding the stamps to my collection – starting with the World Card Making Day release and I’ve just kept going since then.

Here’s a look at all the projects I have to share with you today. I hope you like them. They were so fun to create!

I’m going to start with the card and tag duo because that’s actually where this whole project started. I couldn’t wait to color that fun stocking and fill it up. I love how the dies cut a slit so you can without any extra work!

Aren’t these just so fun together!?! I started by stamping a bunch of images from the Sweet Surprises stamp set on white cardstock. I use my MISTI to stamp so once the images were stamped, I actually flipped my paper around and stamped a second set on the same piece of copic paper. I used my copic markers to color the images and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. Pretty much everything is colored the same in both sets except the stockings are colored the opposite with the same markers.

I took both stockings and filled them up with their goodies. I used some washi tape on the back side to hold things in place and then liquid glue in between them so things were really secure. I held everything together with my Pink & Main reverse tweezers for a bit to make doubly sure it was all good!

When I first received my order with the Fa La La background stamp, I created a bunch of backgrounds and set the extras aside for another time. Well, this card was just the perfect time for that melon/silver heat embossed background! So I popped it up on a white card base with foam tape. Then I added foam tape to the back of my stocking and popped it up in the center.

For finishing touches, I actually stamped a sentiment and stars from the Holly Jolly Christmas stamp set on the inside (forgot to take a photo, doh!) and then added unicorn Stickles to the package bow and glossy accents to the bear’s nose and the candy cane. I also added black glaze pen to the bear’s eyes to make them stand out more too.

For the tag, I went ahead and die cut a plain white second stocking and used my score board to score a line right around the bottom of the cuff. Then I used liquid glue to adhere everything above the score line. I punched a hole in the stocking hanger area and threaded it with baker’s twine. Voila, tag finished! So cute!

Now, let’s switch gears to the second card for today using All Inside (the original bear stamp set) and Bear Ware 2, which happens to have all my favorite add-ons in it!

I pulled this set out to play with after my other projects were finished and my daughter immediately got excited about the cat of all things. So funny. So I stamped images from both stamp sets and colored them with my copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut them out and used liquid glue to adhere all the things in place.

I inked up a strip of cardstock with distress oxide ink in aged mahogany and festive berries and spritzed it with water. I trimmed it down to 4×2 1/4 inches and stamped my sentiment on the bottom right corner. Next, I adhered the panel to a white piece of cardstock that measures 4×5.25 inches and popped up a 1/4 inch strip of light teal cardstock over the seam. Then I added foam squares to my images and popped them up in the center of the card front.

For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the candy canes, bear and cat’s noses and the star on the tree. Last of all I added unicorn Stickles to the bear’s Santa hat and black glaze pen to both critter’s eyes.

Thank you so much for sticking with me today. I hope you found some inspiration to create something wonderful and share it with someone.

Products used today:
Sweet Surprises stamps and dies
Fa La La background stamp
All Inside stamps and dies
Bear Ware 2 stamps and dies
Holly Jolly Christmas stamps
Glossy accents
Stickles – unicorn
Foam tape

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

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