Practicing Creativity

Prettygrafik's Polar Bear Joy Christmas Card

I saw a card with an aperture design on Pinterest and I liked it. 'I ought to get a die like that,' I thought. And then realized...duh, I have one, I just never use it. Well, that's not true, I've used it one time, on this Fleece Navidad card

I much prefer it as a window of sorts for my character to sit in, like this image from Prettygrafik's polar bear set, (a great price at only $0.99 for several digis). I used another image from the set on this polar bear step card; I guess I'm getting my money's worth.

To mimic snow, I decided to use this dotted embossing folder on the white front. I can't remember the last time I used it – or any other embossing folder for that matter – but I was so inspired by Jan's beautiful winter birthday card, I thought I'd dust it off and put it to use. Mine didn't turn out as pretty as hers (my dots aren't so clearly defined), but it looks nice 'in person' and gave the effect I wanted. The snowflake balloon and joy sentiment are dies from Sizzix's Festive set, a recent acquisition. 

Supply List
Paper – cardstock
Digital stamp – Prettygrafik Polar Bears
Dies – No-brand cut circle die
Embossing folder – Artemio
Embelliments – button
Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers
Art-n-fly white pen

I'm linking up with: Pammies's Inky Pinky Challenges #2104 – ATG, Dream Valley Challenges #240 – Our 4 Legged Friends, Crafting Happiness #81 – ATG, The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #86 – ATG Christmas, Lemon Shortbread #138 – ATG, Digi Chooseday Wk 4 – ATG, Crafty Sentiments 26/01 – ATG, and Little Red Wagon #585 – Die-ing to Get Crafty.


  1. Oh wow, I LOVE this! (And it's not just because you gave me such a nice shout out.) I adore the layout...that image is perfect with that die....and having the bear hold the snowflake like a balloon is precious! Gorgeous card!!

    1. Thanks Miss Jan, so glad you like it!

  2. Super card! Your coloring and design are superb! The embossed dots are the perfect finishing touch. I really like using embossing folders.

  3. Aah thats so clean and simple and bright and jolly!

  4. Love this - so effective. Love that he is sitting in a window - of sorts. Thank you for joining us at The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge xx Lynda DT

  5. AWWWW, that little face! This is the cutest polar bear, Shani! I love how you used this die too. I also see a window, with a sill for him to sit on.

  6. Just noticed you were featured at Little Red Wagon challenge! Congratulations!

  7. How adorable - super cute! Fab colouring too. Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenge - Good Luck!
    Maz DT

  8. Adorable! I love when the images sit outside the frame!

  9. Adorable little polar bear.
    Thanks for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    Polkadoodles Digi Choosday,
    Lili of the Valley,
    Dies to Die For,
    As You Like It Challenge.


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