Wish You Were Here with Erica

by studiokatia

Hello everyone!

It’s my turn back on the blog and I have a super simple but sweet card for you today.

In less than two weeks I will be moving, and not just to a new house but a new country, leaving lots of wonderful friends behind for a new adventure.

Being a “soppy poppy” (British expression for being soft-hearted and emotional) I am already missing everyone and want lots of hugs. With that in mind I made a card using Kobi the Birthday Bear because he looks so squeezable and cuddly. You might notice that this is my first ever card using this absolutely adorable bear and I haven’t got a single clue as to why I haven’t used him sooner, he’s so adorable I don’t know what to do with myself! Well, apart from stamping him up and colouring him in of course.

Using MFT hybrid ink in Black Licorice, I stamped him up on Strathmore Bristol Vellum water colour card stock but I didn’t heat emboss it for a change. Surprised?? I bet you are, lol! What won’t be so surprising is that I used my Zig markers for the colouring again. My aim was a soft, warm grey look, like a vintage teddy bear sort of. Once he was suitably coloured and dry, I used the Coordinating Die Set to cut him out.

***If you don’t have the stamp set but want both the stamp AND the die, there is a BUNDLE you can get. Let’s face it, it does save a huge amount of time to have the die instead of having to fussy cut each and every image. I’m not the most patient of people so these are a life-saver for me! ***

I wanted to keep this card very simple so I grabbed one of my new Distress Oxide inks, Picked Raspberry, and went to town with ink blending on a card base. I love the look of lifted ink so I splattered some water on it too and lifted that with a paper towel. Setting it aside to let it dry properly, I got the And The Fox Says stamp set out as I wanted to use the sentiment ‘Wish you were here’. This I stamped on a small white banner in black ink. I almost used pink again but thought it would be simply too soppy!

Putting the card together was simple enough. Until I started over-thinking it and decided that it was TOO simple. *insert shocked gasp here* Oh yes, I, Erica ‘Queen of Over-The-Top’ thought it needed something else. Can you keep up with the twists and turns??? It’s like a card making thriller, isn’t it?!

Anyway, time to tame the drama queen and get on with it! To keep with the pink theme of the card, I decided to add a single pink flower and make it look like Kobi offers it to the recipient. Before I managed to come up with any more radical ideas I got the Together We Bloom stamp set out and stamped up one of the blooms. I quickly coloured it with the Zigs again and fussy cut it out because I don’t have the coordinating die yet.

To put the whole thing together I cut a small slit in between Kobi’s paws and inserted the stem of the flower there and secured it on the back with foam tape. I did this both to stop if from sliding apart as well as adding some height to them when I adhered them to the card. At this point it was time to assemble the card and it took less than two minutes. I also added a few Sparkling Crystals to the card to add a subtle, but lovely, finishing touch.

So, all in all, for a simple card, I sure can make things rather complicated, can’t I? Oh Lordy, my card making process is anything but dull, I will give you that.

Well, that’s it from me for today. Happy crafting and see you soon again!

Lots of love from Erica



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Kelly Szafron August 17, 2017 - 7:35 am

Adorable card!

Erica Andersson-Burke August 21, 2017 - 2:20 pm

Thank you so much, Kelly!

Olga Dendrinou Fink August 17, 2017 - 9:16 am

It’s a fabulous card Erica! And the flower is adding a feminine touch!
Xoxo Olga

Erica Andersson-Burke August 21, 2017 - 2:20 pm

I’m so glad you like it, Olga!

Pooja August 17, 2017 - 10:51 am

Its a cute card ! loved how you combined the stamp.sets on it 🙂

Erica Andersson-Burke August 21, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Thanks, Pooja! I love mixing and matching stamp sets, the combinations are endless and makes you feel like you get so much more out of your stamps, in my opinion.

Christine Smith August 18, 2017 - 4:51 am

Ooh this is sooooo gorgeous! Love the pink background for the adorable bear and the flower is such a lovely touch. Loved reading your post too – lots of fun. Your move sounds exciting! xxx

Erica Andersson-Burke August 21, 2017 - 2:23 pm

Thank you so much for your lovely words, Christine! I’m so glad you like the card and I’m sure the move WILL be exciting but right now it’s taking up LOTS of very precious crafting time 😉


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