Fifty hugs


Hello Everyone! Hope your year is off to a great start. Mine is tough, I tell ya! A new lockdown started after Christmas, they already prolonged once and home schooling is taking its toll on me and my daughter. Time for crafting is sparse and this set of cards took... A while. 

So - these cards feature a nice portrait of Fifty the bear sending hugs. In case you don't know Fifty he's the very proud mascot of the Danish Operation Write Home - OSH. During our first lockdown last spring the designer from NHH Design created a series of free digital stamps featuring Fifty and I've only just now come to using them.

I printed out a bunch of bears and colored him to fit the desert troops he will be "joining" soon. I did very simple coloring and almost no shading.
Copics used:
Fifty: E51, E53 + E35, E34, E31
Uniform: E42, E43, E27, G24, G43
Shoes: E44, E43, E42
Tag: C5, C3
Letter: RV10, RV25

I prepped my 10 backgrounds with a couple of swipes of Vintage photo and Shabby shutters Distress inks. They are dry as the Sahara desert but I managed. The stamped sentiment meaning "a huge" is from Gitte's eget design. For the "hug" part of the sentiment I used Altenew Bold alphas. I used a piece of masking tape on the back of my ruler to line up the letters. Game changer!

The pattern on the cut letters are from the digital paper Dogtags, also from the Fifty series. The tags are Poppystamps Heart tag trio. I actually cut them from the same pink paper as the letters, but I was going for a neutral look that would work for both male/female and the pink tags were just to girly. So I colored them grey and the hearts to match the one on the envelope (C3, C1, RV25). They are not as bright pink in real life 🙈 

There you have it, hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stay safe and happy crafting.


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  1. Fabulous card. Love the camo colouring and the tags are very cute Thanks for joining us at The Paper Shelter - Patsy DT

  2. Great design with lovely colouring. The ink swiped background works very nicely. Thank you for joining us at The Male Room - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

  3. OMG Tina. Fifty and are nearly fainted when we saw your cards. They are absolutely FAB and I love that you shared the Copic nos. you used. Thanks a brunch ♥️👍🏻🐻

    1. Charlie, I am so happy to hear Fifty approves. I've never done portraits before so it was a bit nerve wrecking, haha! I share my Copic combos on most posts ;-) Big hugs X

  4. Awesome cards. I love them and such an awesome idea. so glad you shared over at Aud Sentiments.

  5. What a lovely idea and a beautiful card, to do so many? WOW! well done you. Your colouring is awesome. Thank you so much for joining us in our Animal challenge at The Male Room Good Luck and I hope you will join us in our next challenge.
    Faith DT

  6. Great idea, lovely card.Thanks for joining us at A Place to Start this month for our "Anything Goes" challenge. Hang in there with the home schooling, it will get better. Stay cafe.

  7. Great card. Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Challenge.

  8. So much details and so many cards, love the idea and that sharp looking cuddly bear. Thank you so much for joining us in our Animal challenge at The Male Room. I hope to see you in our new Steampunk challenge.

  9. Very nicely crafted! I love the color integration and the clean composition. Thanks so much for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  10. Congratulations,
    You were chosen as a Rising Start at A Place To Start for the week of January 17th-23rd. Please stop by our blog and grab your badge. We hope you will join us for our February sketch challenge!
    The Resident Design Team


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