Merry and Bright for Whimsy Stamps

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  I had another great weekend out with hubby, but this time we visited Starved Rock National Park.  Really amazing nature hike we took and I’m wore out!  I sure wish I was able to do more hiking than what we did, but what we did do was amazing.  I will share some photos soon of our last two weekends out.

For today I have a sweet image from Whimsy Stamps to share with you and another Christmas card that I was able to add to my pile which is always nice to have!


This little guy is so sweet trying to decorate his poor “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree here! LOL!!  This is another adorable Crissy Armstrong image called Polar Bear’s Christmas Tree.

I’ve cut out the image the whole length of the card front panel and layered it over a piece of black cardstock and then some red cardstock.  I was placed over a piece of digital paper that I printed out from the Whimsy Stamps Rustic Wood and Brick Digital Paper Collection.  I ran the edge of some scissors along the edges of it and then added some of the plaid ribbon along the left side.  I then mounted this over a 5.25″ square top folding black card base.

I die cut some pine boughs from green cardstock and arranged and glued it down over the strip of plaid ribbon.  I then added a plaid ribbon bow over top and then attached a black button with a twine bow in the center of that.


I’ve put a lot of detail into this image which is why I wanted this to be the main focus of the card.  I actually didn’t use too many different colors of Copic markers, but it took a while to get the “fur” looking the way I wanted.  (See list below.)

I started the scene by ink blending around the top edges and a bit around the sides with Weathered Wood distress ink.  After the ink blending, I took the sentiment from the Whimsy Stamps Holiday Mini Sentiments clear stamp set and white heat embossed it over the top right edge of the image panel.

For finishing details, I took some yellow chalk for around the star at the top of the tree for a glow look and then covered the star with some gold Stickles.  I brushed the red ornament with a glitter brush pen and then the “hook” was colored with a gel pen.

I covered the entire bottom of the image panel with a glue pen and then sprinkled on some clear glitter for the snow.  Lastly I’ve added some red “berries” to the garland that the polar bear is holding with some Red Nuvo Drops.

Here’s the list of Copic markers that I’ve used to color in the image with:

  •  Polar Bear – W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W0, blender 0, R00 and white gel pen
  • Tree and Garland – E25, E23, YG67, YG63, YG61, R39, R37, R35
  • Snow Ground and Shadows – BG000


I love the “woodsy” look to this image and I was trying to capture it in my design too.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed my Christmas card today and were inspired or helped bring you a smile!

Thank you so much for stopping in with me today and I’ll be seeing you soon!


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25 thoughts on “Merry and Bright for Whimsy Stamps

  1. What a gorgeous card Vicki! I love that sweet image and the beautiful colors, love all of the details too, the ribbon matches perfectly!!
    Hugs, Tammy


  2. Oh, how precious, Vicki! Love your coloring and the sparkle on the star which is topping the tree is marvelous. Gorgeous bow and i love how you paired it with the button and twine. Magnificent design and that image just shines. 😀


  3. Such a beautiful image and fabulous colouring Vicki..a sad little tree but i’m sure this gorgeous Bear loves it..I love the red and black and woodgrain background and the bow with the button is fabulous..a gorgeous card.

    Luv CHRISSYxx


  4. Beautiful design ..and that could be the cutest polar bear image ever! Thanks for joining us at CaSS this month


  5. Oh my goodness Vicki!! That bear is so stinking cute!! I love the way you decorated your card with the festive ribbon and the button and the papers! Really awesome card!!


  6. A sweet card that will wow anyone who opens their Holiday mail! You have really showcased this beautiful image beautifully! Love your fabulous coloring, and I really love that gorgeous ribbon you added too! Loving the shimmery star atop that sweet little twig of a tree too!


  7. Vicki, who can resist a polar bear cub, and your have colored up this sweetie beautifully. Card design is so nice too love the wood background and plaid ribbon, perfect! Lucky recipient!!



  8. Wow, so beautifully colored. Love the touch of color around the bear to ground him an the shine from the star. You get all the details so perfectly.


  9. I can’t tell you how much I love this card, everything about it is perfect. Your coloring on here is amazing, I love the blue of the sky and all that sparkle is so pretty! Your bow is so neat and perfect, I do love a plaid bow! So glad you got some ‘together time’ at the weekend, that is so precious! hugs my dear friend, Deb xx


  10. This card has stolen my heart! What masterful coloring you have done on this sweet, sweet image! Truly exquisite, Vicki!


  11. You had my heart with the Bear – he is absolutely darling and trying to decorate his poor little Christmas tree. I am sure he will make it beautiful. Love your pine branches under your ribbon – I have a bunch that does this – hmmm now to find it.


  12. This is just so adorable awesome image and colouring, thanks for sharing at crafty catz this week and good luck in the draw.


  13. That’s such a sweet little bear and I love that distressed wood background too! The plaid bow dresses this card up beautifully along with the greenery and button with a bow. I love how you added the glow around the star on the little tree too! Such a sweet card!


  14. I’m totally smitten with this sweet bear! The look on his face is priceless, and you have colored him beautifully. He looks real eanough to stand up and step off the page. Great card, and wonderful design! I love your attention to all the details!


  15. Vicki, I completely adore this enchanting Christmas creation hunny! Love the sweet scene and your fabulous colouring! Also LOVE that tartan bow!! Thank you so much for joining in the fun with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’. Hugs, Wends xoxo CaSS DT


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