The Arctic Bears stamp set has a coordinating die set called Polar Bear Dies and they can be purchased as a bundle for a 10% savings. The set can be used to make Christmas cards, but it isn’t really a Christmas set, it’s more of a winter themed set with greetings that are more thank you or supportive in nature. With that said, the greeting on this card is from the Peaceful Deer stamp set, which is more Christmasy but, I liked both the sentiment of this greeting and the shape to fit between the star points.
To create the mask for the star shaped area, cut the largest star from the Stitched Stars Dies from a piece of typing paper. Toss the star and use the negative space as a mask. Lay the mask over a 3 3/4″ x 5″ piece of Basic White cardstock, stamp the little bear in the center of the star. Then, stamp the little bear again on a post it note. Cut out the post it note bear and stick over the bear in the star. Stamp the cliffs so that the little bear is standing on them. Then, use a Blending Brush and Balmy Blue ink to color in the star. It’s amazing how hard it it to see the color while it’s being applied, but once the mask is removed, wow, it’s really dark!
I wanted to switch it up a bit for the matting, so I started with a typical 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of Basic Black, but I placed it on the Balmy Blue card base at a bit of an angle and then trimmed off the overhang. Then, the little bear layer is tipped just a bit the other direction, but not enough that it overhangs the card base.
These are the products used to create this card. Be sure to check out the Arctic Bears and Peaceful Deer Bundles too, you may want to get the dies and punch and save some money by purchasing the bundles.