I’m a child of the 80s, my favorite toys were magical ponies with brightly colored mains and tattoos on their butts, along with these hand-sized plastic bears with a tuft of fake fur on their heads and images on their tummies. The bears lived in the clouds, and when I was REALLY young I totally thought they really were up in the clouds. Ah, childhood and its naivete’!

One of the things I LOVE LOVE LOVE about Kindred Stamps is Audra’s pop culture sets. I am SUCH a geek and I am overly fond of my 80s childhood. So when we started talking about doing a set that paid homage to one of my favorite childhood toys I was OVER THE MOON excited!!!

Before the set was even created I ordered a couple of die sets from Lawn Fawn because I knew I would use one or both of them for this card! I bought the Puffy Star Stackables and the Shooting Star die sets. In the end, I only used the Puffy Star Stackables for the two cards I created, but I’ll totally be using the Shooting Star set soon too! I also used the Stitched Cloud Die from My Favorite Things because duh, they needed to be on a cloud!

This was the card I envisioned when we first started talking about this set. I started by taking an A2 card base and cutting the largest stars from the Puffy Heart die set. Using the same die I cut out some stars using colored cardstock, and then die cut a smaller star out of the center of those. These colored stars were inserted into that A2 card base creating an in-laid die cut panel. This was sprayed with some Tattered Angels Shimmer Mist.

Then I took another A2 panel and used my MFT Cloud Stencil and some distress ink and dusted some clouds on that panel that was then die cut with the MFT stitched cloud die. I also die cut a bunch of tiny stars using the same Puffy Heart die set. I used mounting tape to pop this above the inlaid panel and adhere it to it after I stamped a sentiment onto it. Then I adhered a bear that I had colored and fussy cut out!

For my second card, I used the End of the Rainbow die from MFT. I actually cut them out of white cardstock and colored the rainbow with Copic Markers, the cloud was colored with Distress Ink. For the cloud, I covered it with Scor-Tape and microfine glitter, you could still see the distress work underneath.

The bears were stamped onto cardstock, layered with more Scor-Tape, covered with more Microfine glitter, and then colored with Copic Markers. They blend like BUTTER, and you don’t need to make sure you have great blending colors! But you do need to work rather quickly and in small areas.

These FUN bears with tummies you can stamp images are available at Kindred Stamps, you should snag them and re-live your childhood through them!

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