I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored them with Copics, and cut them out. The set comes with two mice, but I thought it would be fun to have a bunch, so I stamped multiples of each. Using my Xacto knift, I cut a slit under the bear's arm and tucked his lunchbox underneath. I added a few highlights with a white gel pen, a bit of sparkle with Zig Wink of Stella (lunchbox), and some dimension with Glossy Accents (noses and bus windows).
To determine where I wanted my sky and road to be, I arranged my stamped images onto my background paper. Once I was happy with my placement, I removed the images, masked off everything but the sky, and ink-blended with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. I then masked off the sky and grass and created the road with Black Soot Distress Ink. After covering the sky and road, I ink-blended with Peeled Paint and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks for the grass. While I was working, some Black Soot got onto my sky. I tried to dab on some water to lift it off, but it didn't work that well. To camouflage my boo boo, I used a damp paintbrush to "paint" on some cloud shapes and, after waiting a bit, blotted them with a towel. I was fairly pleased at how well it worked!
I die-cut the ink-blended panel with a stitched rectangle die and popped it up with craft foam onto my card. I adhered my stamped images onto my card and added some shading underneath them with Copics. The sentiment is from MFT Stamps' Beary Big Adventure. I heat-embossed it in white onto a strip of black cardstock and then popped it up with foam tape. At this point, I thought there was too much green, so I covered up my images with scrap paper, flicked on some water, and blotted it. That helped, but in retrospect, I wish I had made the backpack a different color. That's what happens when I don't plan ahead!
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