Doodling with Debby: Adding Finishing Touches

Hi friends! TGIF! Welcome to the latest edition of “Doodling with Debby” with the always fabulous Debby Hughes! She’s giving some helpful tips and tricks on how to add finishing touches to a card. Be sure to watch the video and enjoy!

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Hi, it’s Debby here today with my monthly video feature for Simon Says Stamp, Doodling With Debby. For this month’s card, I wanted to look at adding all those little finishing touches which together give a polished result and add extra interest too. My card uses the new, oh so cute, Picture Book Love Bear and the beautiful Folk Dance Stencil.

Doodling with Debby: Adding Finishing Touches

Firstly, to create the bear I cut the Picture Book Love Bear from Neenah Desert Storm, Ivory, Cotton Candy, twice from Lipstick Red and finally from Black card. You could start compiling the pieces together straight away, but I want to add those extra details, and so I gently sponged Simon Says Stamp Khaki ink around the edges of the bear’s body. This gives the impression of dimension and also deepens the color of the card slightly to a more bear-like shade! Using Craft Tacky Glue, I jigsawed the pieces together on a piece of white card and then trimmed out. You could add the bear directly to your background. But I wanted to foam mount him for extra dimension.

Doodling with Debby: Adding Finishing Touches

Moving on and I wanted to add more of those finishing touches to the bear to add interest. I used a Spectrum Noir sparkle pen to add a glittery finish to the red heart and pink heart ears. I used a Sakura glossy black pen to add a realistic gloss to his nose. Then to create more dimension and draw your eye to the red heart, I added the second red heart I’d die cut, with foam adhesive, again coated with Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and then a coat of Nuvo Crystal Glaze. Finally, for his eyes, I added a pair of wiggle eyes.

I blended Lake Shores and Scuba inks into a panel of the white card. You could mount the bear straight on to this background, but with a view to adding more interest I wanted to take the background up a notch by adding a subtle sparkly pattern using the new Folk Dance stencil and Nuvo Glimmer paste in the Moonstone colorway. Using a Ranger spatula, I spread the paste from one side to another as if spreading butter. This glimmer paste is my new love, and I’m going to need to buy a new pot soon as all I want to do is add sparkle to everything!

Doodling with Debby: Adding Finishing Touches

Although I like white space both regarding space and the color, for today I broke out the patterned paper from a recent card kit – Pebbles Inc. from their Forever My Always 6×6 paper pad. I trimmed the paper to be just slightly smaller than an A2 card base and then ran it through the die cutter with a Nested Circle die offset to the lower right corner. While I had my die cutter out, I also ran the Pine Needle Trio though with some Green Leaf card.

I trimmed the ink blended piece so that it was just slightly smaller than my patterned paper panel. Then I added foam adhesive to the back of the patterned paper and added the ink blended piece behind the open circle. I added foam adhesive to the back of the bear and then mounted him slightly to one side at the base of the open circle. I trimmed the pine needle trio pieces to fit around the bear as if they were trees and the bear was standing in a forest. I then adhered each of the pine needles with Craft Tacky Glue to keep them in place. I only added glue to the base of the trunk so that the branches could be loose from the background and add extra dimension.

Doodling with Debby: Adding Finishing Touches

I added Craft Tacky Glue to the back of the panel and adhered it to the Ivory card base. I stamped the Happy Valentine’s Day sentiment from the Breakfast Buddies stamp set in clear embossing ink on the Black card and white heat embossed. I then trimmed the sentiment to a skinny banner and added it with foam adhesive along the base of the circle opening. One final touch was to add a pair of Little Things From Lucy’s Card sequins, again held in place with Craft Tacky Glue.

Doodling with Debby: Adding Finishing Touches

Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed this look at how to add more details and interest to a card to take it up a notch. I’ll see you next month for Doodling With Debby!

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Simon Says Stamp PICTURE BOOK LOVE…
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Neenah Environment 100 LB SMOOTH…
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EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator…
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Simon Says Stamp Embossing Ink Pad…
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Precision Heat Embossing Tool Gun…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Little Things From Lucy’s Cards…
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Tonic MOONSTONE Nuvo Glimmer Paste 953N
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Tonic CRYSTAL GLAZE Nuvo 947N
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Crafter’s Companion CLEAR OVERLAY…
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Sakura BLACK GLAZE GEL PENS Pen 2…
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Ranger MINI ROUND INK BLENDING TOOLS…
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Dina Wakley Ranger PALETTE KNIFE…
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T-004 Spellbinders Tool and…
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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Spellbinders TOOL ‘N ONE T-001
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Simon Says Stamp CRAFT TACKY GLUE…
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3M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE…
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Thanks so much for reading today, and to Debby for being our guest!

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  1. I’m obsessed with the Picture Book dies!! I love this card and the background is perfect for this bear!! I love what you did and it’s perfect for a Valentine’s Day card!! I love it!!! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Lovely card! Thanks for the inspiration on adding finishing touches! Adding these finishing touches really makes a huge difference sometimes in “elevating” the card up a notch!

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