Bear Necessities – ATS&M challenge 57

Hi everyone

This weeks challenge over at Addicted To Stamps and More is “Make Your Mark” OR any projects made using Nicecrne Designs products.

Make Your Mark means that you can use your markers, felt pens, crayons, pencils and watercolours paints on your project.

To see full details of the challenge, the wonderful inspirational pieces by the DT and to join in the fun please click on the link above.

Thank you to Kylie for opening up the challenge for the next four weeks to include projects made using Nicecrane Designs products.

Here are my dt pieces for this weeks challenge

The Roosevelt Bears

DSC_0099at48f120ncdrooseveltbearsPrinted onto white mat card

I printed my image off and then coloured it using a damp paint brush and ink.  I added some distressing ink just around the edges of the image to give it an aged look.  I then mat and layered my card and added some bits and bobs for embellishments.

DSC_0020at51f80ncd729Printed onto white mat card

Again, I have just printed off my image and coloured it using inks and a damp paint brush.  I then added some distressing inks around the edges of the card and up to the edge of the image.  I typed up and printed out the “singing the blue” sentiment.

I have used Nicecrane Designs Roosevelt Bears for my cards for a special reason.  Well two really.  Firstly, I loooove  them and secondly, this weeks challenge is being sponsered by the Addicted to Stamps and More DT just as a thank you to all of you fabulous crafters who take part in the challenges every week.

I can honestly say these really are fabulous digi stamps to use.  They can be used for so many different card and craft projects.  Great one for the Guys.

Thank you for stopping by.  It is always great to have your company.

Tat tar for now

Florence x


  1. Nancy L.

    I had to stop by and tell you how much I love these Bears! I love that song! You did an amazing job with these! Makes me want to make a trip to Disney World and see the Country Bear Jamboree! So fun!

  2. Sandie

    Adorable Florence. I love the layering of DSP you have used on your first card and the colouring with ink and water really works on these images x

  3. Nonni

    These are both stunning, Flo! Your coloring looks great -I always ruin my images when coloring with ink and water -or with anything and water… – but I have to keep practicing since I bought some Twinkling h2o:s second hand that I want to try. The layouts are lovely too. Hugs!

    1. Florence

      Hi Nonni, If you are having trouble with ink setting on your card, I have found that a quick spray of watercolour fixitive is great. It fixes the printer ink but it allows you to paint over it with water diluted ink or colours etc without the black ink running. The other thing that I have found is that coated cardstock is brilliant but then there is a problem with the printer not liking it. Mine does not so I go with real cheap card. The printer loves that!! Different cardstock really does effect the resuls. A bit of trial and error until you find one that suits you. I find that the cheapo thin printer card from the little stationers shop is great and I can use the ink from my basic felt pens to colour the images. Just adding a tiny drop on water to the ink on the palet applying it with a damp paint brush.
      If you are trying out the T H2os, just to share, if you dont get the coverage you like and it looks blotchy try putting the same colour ink, paint etc on first and then paint over that with H2os. It gives a richer colour. If applied thick, H2os can paint out lines of the image.
      Phew…and you didn’t even ask any questions!!! lol!
      Hugs, Flo x

      1. Nonni

        Thank you Flo! So sweet of you! I’ve actually never tried a watercolor fixative -I did test hairspray though… Didn’t work at all as you can probably guess. 🙂 I suppose they have those fixatives in art supplies shops? Thanks for the hints on h20:s too -I bought a small set several months ago but my fear of water has kept me from testing them yet. 🙂 Sounds like a good idea to use them together with other coloring mediums. Hugs!

        1. Florence

          Hi Nonni. I tried hair spray. Although that is great for chalks etc it didn’t work as you say. Art shops sell various fixatives. For the printed images I use the one for watercolour painting. This is also great for fixing distress inks. The cans of fixative seem a bit expensive but they go a long way and are always useful to have in your stash.
          Hugs, Flo xx

  4. Kylie

    These cards are so amazing, Florence. I’m loving these images! You are so clever with the way you apply colour to your cards. Thank you for your generosity this week and I’m sure our winner is just going to adore this prize!! xx

  5. nicecrane

    amazing cards with my Rooselvet Bears Florence,,,,,love the way you colored them,,,,,,,,,and how creative are your backgrounds……….You are Rock Florence……

  6. Danielle Vincent

    Oh wow Flo – what amazing things you’ve done with these bear images from Nicecrane. You are such an inspiration in lots of ways. I’m completely envious over your talent in layering bits and pieces and making it look like art :o) all of these cards would be perfect for men or women. Thanks for the tips on the water color fixative (to Nonni) I have that issue sometimes too so its good to know. Hugs D.


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