Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Coffee Bear


My coffee of choice is flavored, black, and strong. I usually do have a bit of leftovers that end up getting dumped the next morning, but today I decided to use the wonderfully fragrant (coconut caramel), wonderfully black leftovers to paint my soft and cuddly bear. I have (what I think is) my last card for the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop.

  

I started with a light wash of coffee onto watercolor paper. I had attempted this a couple of time, until I realized that the coffee couldn't touch the ink so the ink wouldn't bleed. I dried the coffee between layers, building up the caramel color.

  


I finished the card design by coloring some balloons with Zig Markers based on the MFT Color Challenge 41, and a sentiment. I popped the bear panel with foam dots and adhered to an embossed card base that had been wrapped with a light yellow silk ribbon. 

And yep! The card does smell deliciously like Coconut Caramel Coffee!




44 comments:

  1. Karen, this is amazing and sooo cute!! Love it!

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  2. This is so sweet. I love the color combo. Does he smell like coffee to??
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    DIANA L.

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  3. So cute, I love the coffee coloring, need to do it sometime.

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  4. So fun to use the coffee like water color. Not to mention the yummy smell....win win!

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  5. This is just too clever and so much fun!

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  6. So many have used the coffee technique...great card. I'll have to try it just to smell the coffee.

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  7. Love this sweet 'coffee' bear :o)

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  8. I love how you colored your bear with leftover coffee! Your card is so cute!

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  9. Very very cool! Have yet to try his!

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  11. DELIGHTFUL card Karen!!!
    WOW - your CUTE coffee bear is FILLED with CAFFEINATED AWESOMENESS, LOVE him and your balloons!!!
    ... LOVE that he smells as wonderful as he looks too :)

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  12. What an absolutely delightful card! I can almost smell it - lol

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  13. Love the watercolor/ coffee bear!! How cool is that! The ribbon treatment is FABULOUS, Karen! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Cute and Cuddly” Challenge!

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  14. Well super cute and VERY creative.

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  15. I am falling over with your sweet COFFEE COLORED bear~that is insanely creative, Karen!

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  16. How wonderful!! A great way to use the coffee... :-)

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  17. what a brilliant idea to watercolor with coffee

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  18. What a great idea! And so sweet!

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  19. What a great idea! And so sweet!

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  20. Coffee coloring is great; this is a sweet card.

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  21. Love your simple card, Karen, that bear is wonderful! Have a wonderful day and Happy Hopping!

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  22. LOVE how you colored this bear.. totally sweet card.

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  23. He looks good in coffee! Leftovers make great ice cubes, too, BTW.

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  24. You are a genius! I love the way you built up the color- turned out so sweet!

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  25. I never would have thought to watercolor w/coffee but what a fabulous idea. I almost always have a tiny bit in the bottom of my cup that has gone cold that I could use. Fab idea and wonderful card!

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  26. oh wow - gorgeous work!! love your coffee watercolor! super cute card!

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  27. oh wow - gorgeous work!! love your coffee watercolor! super cute card!

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  28. This card is beyond precious! Love, love, love that sweet bear!

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  29. He is a sweet image. I love how you colored him. TFS

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  30. Love that bear! Isn't it so fun painting with coffee???

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  31. Love how you colored the bear with coffee!

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  32. At first the relation to the Coffee Lovers B. H. isn't so obvious, but I love that you colored the sweet bear with coffee. Great card!

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  33. What a brilliantly unique take on the coffee challenge! LOVE! And that bit of yellow seam binding ribbon is the perfect finishing touch!

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  34. Great coloring! Super cute card.

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