It's Time for a Beary Fun Autumn Retreat...

How are all of you doing?
With all of the natural disasters happening in the world today, I hope that wherever you are reading this from you are safe and sound!

Here in Manitoba, Canada we are just heading into the fall season.  
As I type this I am looking out my living room windows periodically and the leaves on the shelterbelt trees have all started turning to golds and rusts.  
Very pretty...although I'm not sure that I am really ready to let go of summer.

That being said, autumn is my favorite season.
I love the crisp autumn air, the fact that I get to bundle up in warm sweaters, the crunching of the leaves when I'm out for a leisurely walk...and of course the colors!
I was super excited to see that Heartfelt Creations was coming out with a fun and cheery autumn release!
The Beary Fun Retreat stole my is just adorable!

Here's a little bit about it...

Long days filled with sunshine begin to fade and the crisp evening breezes begin to call for cozy wool knit sweaters as the fall season slowly ushers out the lazy days of summer! Along with the falling leaves and a last surge of floral blossoms, autumn brings with it a more relaxed and reflective way of life and a reminder that winter will soon be around the corner. Autumn also brings with it a fun that only autumn can bring…playing in crisp piles of fallen leaves, picnics with warm beverages, cozy evenings spent around the campfire and exploring fields filled with rows and rows of sunflowers bowing their heads giving way to the season! Even the animals of the forest recognize and celebrate the subtle arrival of autumn, spending their last few days before hibernation playing and making preparations for the arrival of the upcoming winter season. Come along with us and join in our fall festivities as we go on one final fun filled retreat with the Beary Fun Retreat Collection by Heartfelt Creations! Filled with delightful and captivating illustrations of adorable bears, this autumn themed collection is sure to appeal to all ages! Perfect for celebrating an array of occasions, this fun loving assembling of stamps, dies and decorative papers will bring a whimsical and lighthearted touch to all of your paper crafting creations. The dynamic paper collection boasts a color palette filled with beautiful tones of burnt oranges, rusty reds, midnight blues, along with leaf like greens and golden yellows all mixed with checkered plaids, decorative stripes and gorgeous imagery of blooming sunflowers and falling leaves. Three sets of detailed cling stamps with coordinating dies allow you to join in the fall themed fun of a charismatic bear family enjoying their last retreat before winter sets in. Whether sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows near an adorable treehouse, enjoying songs strummed out quietly on guitar, or filling up on delightful meals of honey, these cute images are ideal for embellishing all of your fall themed cards and scrapbook layouts! So throw on a cozy sweater, grab a cup of hot cocoa and join in the fun as we enjoy one last “beary” fun filled autumn retreat!

This weeks share with the new Beary Fun Retreat collection is something a little different for me.
I found a CAS card technique online that I'd wanted to try and thought that this collection would be perfect for creating a little clean and simple watercolor scene perfect for a masculine card.

Here's how the card came out...

I've masked off all edges on a piece of water color paper and have proceeded to stamp my image onto the water color paper using a grey VersaFine ink and the MISTI.  I've then cleaned the stamp and restamped over the image using the clear VersaMark ink pad.  I've quickly heat embossed it with a clear embossing powder and set to watercoloring.

Here's a peek at the card with a bit of a different angle...

I've used distress ink reinkers to do the watercoloring (I'll leave you the link below that I used to follow along with all of the different watercoloring/inking steps I watched to create this project.)
The give such beautiful, bold and rich colors when water coloring. After all of the water coloring was completed, I went in with an ink blending tool and added in some darker blue just around the edges of the tape for the sky to give it some clear definition, some darker green around the grassy portion and then a soft brown around all of the edges.  Then came the fun part!  I removed the masking tape from the water color panel and I have to say, for this being the first time I tried this technique I was very happy with how it turned out! 

I then chose my sentiment and using the MISTI and a black ink I stamped it onto the colored image.
I trimmed a piece of decorative plaid card stock from the Beary Fun Retreat Paper Collection, inked all edges with a soft brown ink and then adhered it to my 5"x7" card base. I've used foam tape to pop up and adhere the colored panel to the card base.
And was complete!

I think I will spray this card with a sealer as I don't want anything to happen to the water coloring as I have used distress inks which will react should water land up coming into contact with them.
For the first time trying this version of a colored card, I was quite pleased with how it turned out!
I think this would make a great card for any male in your life!

I do hope you've enjoyed today's share!
I'd love to know if you've tried anything like this before!
Also, be sure to check out the Heartfelt Creations blog and the "beary" cute creations the rest of the design team have created to showcase this newest collection!

Until next time...
Project Supplies and Instructions
 Beary Fun Retreat Paper Collection, HCDP1-282
Beary Fun Retreat Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3797
Pampered Pooch Cling Stamp Set, HCPC-3762
Memento Dye Ink Pad - Nautical Blue, TSMP607

Other Products: white card stock, Ranger Distress Ink Refills - Stormy Sky, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo, Broken China, Ripe Persimmon, Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone, Ranger Distress Ink Tool, Ranger Distress Ink Pad - Gathered Twig, dimensional foam tape, watercolor paper, blue painters masking tape, water, water color paint brush, MISTI, acrylic stamp block, VersaFine Gray Ink, VersaFine Black Ink, scor tape, VersaMark Clear Ink, paper towel, clear embossing powder, heat tool, spray sealer

Instructions: Create a 5" x 6.5" card base from white card stock. Trim a piece of plaid decorative paper from Beary Fun Retreat Paper Collection just smaller than the card base. Ink all edges with the soft brown colored ink and adhere to card base. Trim a piece of water color paper just slightly smaller than the plaid decorative background. Using blue painters tape, mask off all four sides of the water color panel. Position panel in MISTI and arrange where you wish to have stamped images appear. Stamp images using a gray colored permanent ink. Double stamp to get a crisp clear impression. Clean stamps with paper towel and restamp over image using VersaMark clear ink. Remove panel from MISTI and sprinkle image with clear embossing powder. Set with heat tool. Water color image with Ranger Distress Reinkers by placing a drop of each color onto acrylic stamp block. Using a small water color brush, pic up water and small amounts of color and apply layers to images. Using a sponge or distress tool, apply a dark blue around edges of top of sky and green around bottom of grass. Add a light layer of brown to all edges of image for some extra definition. Peel away painters tape. Allow to dry thoroughly. Place image back into MISTI and add sentiment. Seal image with a spray sealer. Apply image panel to card base using dimensional foam tape.  

As promised, here's the link that intrigued me to give this watercoloring technique a try...

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