Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen

5 Ways To Use Essentials By Ellen Bear Ware 3

The Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 is an incredibly adorable & versatile stamp set and today we are sharing 5 fabulous ways to use it in your cardmaking!

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3

Hi Folks, it’s Kelly from Notable Nest! One of my favorite Essentials by Ellen sets has always been All Inside by Julie Ebersole for a couple reasons: that bear is darn cute, his deadpan expression cracks me up, and if you also get the corresponding All Inside die, it cuts out his hands so he can hold things, making him even more adorable. The fun seems to magnify when you dress him up with tiny accessories from the Bear Ware sets. It should be no surprise to anyone that I was ridiculously excited for the latest Bear Ware set to be released, Bear Ware 3!

Not only are all the elements in this set absolutely charming and adorable, but they’re also very versatile. I’d love to share with you FIVE different ways to use this set. Let’s take a look…

1. Use the Accessories as Intended (with the Bear). As mentioned earlier, the accessories are all sized to fit in the bear’s little hands. You can leave the accessory loose for the recipient to play with, or put adhesive on the back for a more  secure fit.

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - with accessories
5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - with accessories

Another thing I love about this bear and his accessories is that you don’t need a lot of effort to end up with a fun card. No coloring with this polar bear (in the middle of summertime no less) and minimal coloring on the tiny hot dog and handle.

You can change this whole card by putting a different accessory in his hands, like the beach ball, bucket and shovel from the original Bear Ware set, or the fishing pole and fish. That would be a fun set to give someone … several card bases that look similar, and several different accessories for them to mix and match.

2. Use the Accessories to Make a Scene. Bear Ware 2 is all about Halloween, Christmas and Winter. I used the pumpkin to make a pile of pumpkins (not inking up the face for most of them). I have a fascination with blue pumpkins, so that’s the route I went here, avoiding the color orange all together.

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - accessories alone
5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - accessories alone

The cover plate is Bed of Roses by Julie Ebersole. What could be better than black roses on Halloween?! I was going for a more mature, classy Halloween card here with the subdued and dark colors.

3. Use the Accessories to make a Custom Pattern/Background. To get this consistent, repetitive background I arranged the stamps on a block and eyeballed where to stamp.

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - custom pattern

The concept for this card is that it’s a little book or pamphlet, titled “grill.all.the.things.” I’ve wrapped the spine with fancy inked paper, and adhered the title front and center.

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - custom pattern

The inside of the book is a few pages of copy paper tied together with gold string. I thought it would be cute for Father’s Day if every one of us took a page and wrote a little note on why Dad is special to us. The beer and spatula are actually from the Leading Gentleman set! Which leads me to the next idea…

4. Combine accessories from the different Bear War sets. This patriotic bear is just about to head to a picnic, thanks to the Bear Ware 3 and Bare Ware sets. The fireworks are from the sparkler accessory, minus the handle.

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - combine sets
5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - combine sets

I tried to make the cloth coming out of the basket look like a bandana by using a white gel pen. The bear is mounted on some chipboard that I die cut instead of cutting a lot of pieces of foam tape.

5. Find Other, Non-Bear-Related Sets in the Same Scale. I was thrilled to find that the recently released Little Lady is just the perfect size to hold up many of these accessories, including a batch of lucky clovers for St. Patrick’s Day!

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - pair with smal scale sets

To begin with, I smooshed a few greens inks on my stamping block and picked it up with my cardstock. I tried to get some different textures on her sweater and skirt, while keeping everything as green as I can. Red hair and some freckles on her nose and cheeks complete my coloring adventure. Isn’t she just the cutest holding up her lucky bouquet?!

I die cute the Hello from another recent release, Letterboard Script 2, and paired that with the Happy St. Patrick’s Day sentiment from the Bear Ware 3 set.

5 Ways To Use Essentials by Ellen Bear Ware 3 - pair with smal scale sets

Well, thanks for staying with me though all the projects today! As you can see, I enjoyed myself thoroughly breaking in the new Bear Ware 3 set. It’s really a great set to have in your collection. Hope you are left with a few ideas running through your head!

All the best,

P.S. I was having so much fun with this set that all my cards wouldn’t fit in this post! You can see more on my blog!


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  • Reply Maureen Reiss February 11, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Sooo Many possibilities!!! Super cute cards!!!

  • Reply Emily M. February 11, 2019 at 9:40 am

    So many beary cute ideas!

  • Reply Julie Ebersole February 11, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    Oh, clever, clever girrrrl!!! These are each so fun! Fantastic mixing & matching!!!

  • Reply Larissa Heskett February 11, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    SWOON Kelly!! I LOVE all of the AMAZING Inspiration!! The St. Pat’s Card is my FAVORITE!! LOVE the Design and of course that Plaid Outfit just make me SMILE!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! <3

  • Reply Deborah Kaye February 11, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Such cute cards and great ideas!

  • Reply Teri S. February 12, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Looks like you really did have fun with these 2 Bear Ware sets. I adore Bear images & the Little Lady stamp could be so versatile. I don’t really know much about Ellen Hutson, so I’m going to go exploring.
    Thanks for the inspiration Kelly.

  • Reply nancy f February 13, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Would love to see more dies like the Bear Hugs to make more ornaments for gift bags and Christmas trees.

  • Reply marandarussell February 14, 2019 at 11:41 am

    Aw, too cute!!!

  • Reply Christina February 19, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    These are so cute! Do you have any tips for lining up the bear with his die to cut him out? I can’t see anything thru the tiny pin holes and I keep getting crooked cuts. Thank you for sharing your work!

    • Reply Ellen Hutson LLC February 20, 2019 at 6:04 am

      Hi Christina! We recommend die cutting first and then stamping. You can see what we mean in this video from the illustrator Julie Ebersole,

      • Reply Christina February 20, 2019 at 8:29 am

        Simple genius! Thank you so much for sharing that- my day has been made! ❤️

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