Watercolour Polar Bear (With Video)

Today I painted a sweet CAS Christmas card. I’ve been trying to make Christmas cards regularly throughout the year and it’s always good to add another to the collection to make sure I have enough when December rolls around. This one uses non-traditional Christmas colours, and my husband joked that it’s not a proper Christmas card because it doesn’t have red or green!

I started by stamping the Polar Bear from The Cat’s Pajamas Polar Holiday stamp set onto a piece of watercolour paper cut to the size of my standard card base. (I go for A6, which is a quarter of an A4 sheet, and slightly different in proportions to the typical American A2 card base.) At the same time I stamped on a Christmas sentiment from the retired Joyful Tidings set from Pink and Main. Any other Christmas sentiment would work just as well. I heat embossed the stamped elements with black embossing powder.

Next I painted my images. I used some cheap water colour paints and started by painting in a loose wash of blue to create my background. I added the same blue to the little ice pool too. I then mixed up a coral shade to paint the spots of the bear’s scarf as well as his present. Finally I painted the bear himself with a wash of grey, adding some very basic shading as I went.

With the painting completed I decided to trim down the watercolour panel so there would be a slight reveal of the card base colour, rather than having it fit flush to the card base. I created the card base from some soft blue pearlised card. I then used plenty of foam tape to attach the watercolour panel.

As a final touch I added some Wink of Stella to the bear, ice pool and present. I also took my white Caran d’Ache colouring pencil to lighten up a few areas on the bear that were looking a bit too dark.

I’m happy with this Christmas card. It was a fairly quick card to put together but I had fun with it. I do still need to learn to be less impatient with my watercolour painting so that I stop causing areas to bleed, or smudge them with my hand. All in all though it turned out nicely.


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark

CAS On Friday – Animals

Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ – Anything Christmas

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas and Optional: Include a Bear

Craftyhazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra – Anything Christmas

HLS Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

Merry Monday – Christmas and Bears

MFT Sketch Challenge – Sketch/Layout

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS and Optional: Masculine Colours


30 thoughts on “Watercolour Polar Bear (With Video)

  1. Great stamping and embossing, really crisp and clean! Love the image, that bear looks so happy!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’

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  2. I love embossing when watercolouring. Makes things a lot easier to work with the water in my opinion. Your polar bear is just adorable! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

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