Welcome to the Hello Bluebird blog everyone, this is Nicky with you today and I’m sharing a new card featuring Big Hugs Woodland which was one of the adorable new stamp sets from the most recent release.   Please read on for all the details for how this project came together.

Here are the products that I used:-

Big Hugs Woodland Stamps

Big Hugs Woodland Dies

Slimline Skating Pond Scene Die

Pond Builder Scene Die

Gallery Frame #5 Die

I like to start most of my cards by creating my background which then informs the colours I may choose for the featured images etc.  I guess it could easily work the other way around and sometimes I do that too but this is the way it usually goes with me.  Which way around do you tackle your projects?   I die cut a slimline panel of 110lb white cover weight cardstock using the Skating Pond Scene Die.   I like this heavier weight cardstock since it helps to avoid any warping and therefore all the pieces once coloured, go back together nicely with the frame.    I glued the frame without flexing it to another slimline panel and then set this to one side whilst I ink blended all the other pieces.  I used the Pond Builder Die to divide the ‘skating pond’ and give me a little more land for the group of animals seen at the bottom.  I ink blended all the pieces using Distress Inks  and with the sky portion I used a stencil in my stash and I stencil/ink blended the pretty skies.

Starting at the bottom and working my way up, I carefully reassembled all the pieces of the scene, glueing as I went.    I then die cut yet another white slimline panel of the same heavyweight cardstock for the frame using the Gallery Frame #5 Die which I backed with foam tape and applied.

I stamped up the images I’d be using from Big Hugs Woodland using Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa and I coloured the images using the following Copic marker combinations:-

Foxes – E13, E11, E21, W3, W1

Bunnies – E41, E40, E0000, W2, W0

Bear – E44, E43, E42, E41, E0000

Bluebird – B32, B12, B41, B60, BG70

Squirrel – T3, T2, T1, T0

Deer – E55, E31, E41, E0000, W2, W1, W0

Raccoon – W6, W4, W3, W2, W0

Blushes – R21, R20, R00

Points were highlighted with a white gel pen and then all images die cut and applied with foam tape.

To finish up I stamped the sentiments needed from the stamp set.   With the word ‘hugs’ you get a coordinating die and so I die cut the word and then die cut white cardstock 3 more times and glued them in a stack and then glued that to my scene along with the smaller words popped up on a little foam tape.

Lastly, I added a few sparkling clear sequins and dotted in some ‘daisies’.   The whole decorative panel was then applied to my prepared card base and it has a lovely sturdy feel due to the cardstock that I used and can’t recommend enough.

A lot of love and work goes into creating a card such as this but I find it so rewarding and hope you do too!