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Hello Friend! - Handmade Panda Bear Card with Stamps

February 16, 2024

Hello Friend! - Handmade Panda Bear Card with Stamps

Hello my dear crafty friends,

I’m so happy and honored to show my first project on the Gerda Steiner Designs Blog. I hope that it might be an inspiration for your upcoming project and a motivation to try something new.  I’ve never used dark cardstock for pencil coloring in the past and just shortly found out how amazing the results can be.

For today’s card I’ve used the balloon panda from “Lovely Pandas”, as well as the “Hello Friend” sentiment from “Hello Friend Tortoise”, and the grass line of “Brush Bunny”. The Supracolor II soft watercolor pencils are from Caran d’Ache (shades: 001; 003; 005; 008; 009; 010; 011; 071; 090; 100; 149; 171; 211; 240). My black cardstock has a smooth surface for soft coloring results. When the surface is structured, it’s very difficult to get an even image. For the stamping I used white pigment ink. I´ve die cut the shaped backgrounds with the Infinity Hexagons from Hero Arts out of pink mirror cardstock and blue glitter cardstock. The sentiment was heat embossed with black embossing powder. The brick stencil is from Lawn Fawn.


For the bear it’s all about a first concept where to place which color and then creating layer over layer. I’ve started with the black parts of the body. For the eye, nose, and mouth I used a black alcohol based fine tip marker and a white gel pen. Then I switched to the white pencil and finally added shadows and gradients with grey and black. To give it a little bit of fluffiness I’ve painted every hair with short strokes and over the stamped outlines. Finally I’ve traced the balloon string with a white gel pen.


 Thank you so much for taking your time and reading through this post! If you’ve never been on this blog before I can only recommend to look around, there are so many beautiful projects!

I hope you have a lovely and inspired day!

Hope to see you soon!


(PS: If you are interested in other projects I do, please check out my INSTAGRAM profile.)

About me: I’m Sabrina, a German living abroad (Barcelona/ Spain) and when I don’t have to work, I enjoy doing crafty things, going to concerts, theaters, and meeting friends. Card making and listening to audio books at the same time is one of the most relaxing and therapeutical things for me. 

A very nice afternoon to you!

Kind regards,



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