Morning, crafty friends. Autumn has definitely arrived in the form of foggy mornings and chill winds here in the UK this last week. Blink once and it will be Halloween. Blink a few more times and it will be Christmas already. I don’t know whether I should panic or start planning my gifts! Can you believe today’s post marks a full month since I joined the Seven Hills Crafts Design Team? I can’t, but I’m having a blast!

I’m really liking the clean and simple (CAS) look recently and when I needed a thank you card for a friend I challenged myself to maximise the white space. Plus, I’ve been waiting to use these cute little WPlus9 bears for a while now.

I started out with a side folding white A6 card base and used the MFT Square Peek-A-Boo Window Dienamic to die cut a window in the front of the card. With the square that was left over, I blended on some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and spritzed with some Shimmer Spray to get a sparkly sheen.

With the panel prepared and the background set to dry, I stamped out the bears and two branches from the WPlus9 Forest Friends and Curious Forest Friends sets in some Copic friendly MFT Licorice Black Hybrid Ink. I used two different tones of browns – the E50s and E40s – to differentiate between the warm bears and the branches of the trees, some greens for the leaves and some YRs for the honey. This was something I learnt from Sandy Allnock – the warmer colours automatically move to the foreground whilst the cooler colours fade to the back. I fussy cut them all out and went around the edges with a black marker to cover any cutting imperfections.

I wanted to give the impression of a window in the front of the card so I adhered the blue background square to the back inside panel inline with the die cut window in the front panel and put the bear holding the honey in the bottom left corner. Arranging the branches so they stretched out across the open window and met in the middle, I then adhered the cute little bear reaching down for his share of the honey.

A few touches with a black gel pen to the bear eyes and noses, a layer of clear Wink of Stella and a crisp black sentiment from the set finishes off the card nicely.

Thanks for reading, happy autumn!