Bear Hugs Framelits: Such a Deal!
The Bear Hugs Framelits™ Dies (140275), which work with your Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439), are part of this week’s Weekly Deals from Stampin’ Up!® The sale price runs through Monday and represents a 25% savings. The Framelits match the images in the Bear Hugs Stamp Set (139543-w; 139546-c). This means you can die-cut the stamped images rather than fussy cutting them with scissors. Much quicker & easier!
The Framelits and Stamp Set also come paired in a Bundle (140822-w; 140823-c) at 15% savings on both items. One suggestion I have is to take advantages of both deals and have two sets of the Framelits. You can die-cut multiple images at once, such as the string of fish the bear is holding in the “Wishing you…” card or the flower bouquets decorating the “Nobody hugs…” card. I always recommend using the Big Shot™ Magnetic Platform (130658) when you die-cut stamped images because it holds the dies in place so well.
You can die-cut the sentiments included in the stamp set with the Banner Die from the Gift Card Envelope & Trims Thinlits™ Dies (135854). This measures 3-1/4” x 1/2” and will work for all the phrases included in the Stamp Set. You can cut down one side for the shorter phrases if you want. The smallest Banner in the Banners Framelits™ Dies (132173) measures 5/8” x 1-5/8” and will fit the smaller phrases. It’s too small for the “Wishing you…” phrase and will crowd the “Nobody hugs…” phrase.
You can color your images before die-cutting if you like. The images in the photos were done with Stampin’ Write Markers and Blender Pens (102845) or Aqua Painters (103954) for a watercolor effect. If you do this technique, be sure you let the images dry thoroughly before you die-cut. You don’t want any fraying or tearing!
The bear decorating the box and hugging the heart is attached to one side of the box. You can stamp both sides of the die-cut so the image will show when you wrap the arms around the heart. Die-cut the first image, then stamp the back for the best results. If you color the bear, let each side dry before you move to the other.
Let’s spend a Real Life Color Coach moment talking about the colors used. The main colors for all three projects shown in the photo are Neutrals. Neutrals do not count in any Color Scheme, they are there to support the scheme you choose and are optional.
- The “Wishing you…” card has Real Red as its contrast. This makes it a Monochrome Color Scheme, even though four different Neutrals are used. Monochrome Schemes are harmonious and pleasing to the eye.
- The Gift Box uses Real Red as the heart accent and Pool Party as the ribbon on a Kraft The bear is Basic Black. This color combination is a Split Complementary Color Scheme because Real Red is from the Red Color Group and Pool Party is from the Green-Blue Color Group, which is just alongside the true Complement, the Green Color Group. Complementary Schemes, Split or not, can be energizing or soothing, depending on the colors used.
- The “Nobody hugs…” card uses Pool Party from the Green-Blue Color Group as the major Contrast color and Real Red & Pink Pirouette from the Red Color Group along with Daffodil Delight from the Yellow Color Group as the Accent This forms a Triadic Color Scheme, with the Green-Blue color standing in for the Blue Color Group. Triads can be vibrant or peaceful, again depending upon color choice. The watercoloring adds softness, so the card is cheerful, but not overwhelming.
As I said, the Weekly Deals end Monday, but you can still get a deal on Bear Hugs Framelits if you miss it – just get the Bundle and have yourself a ball stamping, coloring and die-cutting!
Did you know you can also qualify for Stampin’ Rewards from Stampin’ Up!® if your order product total exceeds $150. Also remember that you may select a free Sale-A-Bration item with every $50 you order through March 31st. To order what you need to make your own Bear Hugs Greeting Cards & Gift Boxes and take advantage of both deals, just click on the Order Online Button in the right sidebar or on any of the product links in this article.