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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Build a Bear Polar Bear Christmas Card

For several days I had a polar bear on my mind, so I finally got around to creating him. I just love the Stampin' Up! exclusive Build a Bear dies- they are too cute! Since I had a request for a tutorial for this card, please read below for instructions :).

1. Cut a card base 7" x 10" from Night of Navy and score in the center so that your card base measures 5" x 7" folded. Cut a mat 4.75" x 6.75" from Certainly Celery. Cut Whisper White 4.50" x 6.50".

2. Die cut the polar bear from Very Vanilla and ink the edges of the bear with Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' ink. Ink the edges of the snout with Bashful Blue. Glue a scrap of Basic Black behind the face for the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a little light blush to the cheeks with Regal Rose chalk. Adhere the snout to the face.

3. Die cut the bear's clothes from Bashful Blue (shoes from Basic Black) and ink the edges with Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' ink. Adhere the cuffs to the lower part of the sleeves on the jacket. Stamp the snowflakes on the bear shirt with Versamark and apply Iridescent Ice embossing powder and heat emboss the snowflakes. Thread gold cord through the holes in the shoes for shoe laces and tie in a bow. Adhere the clothes to the polar bear in the following order: shoes, pants, shirt, jacket.

4. To make the hat, punch out an oval with the Wide Oval punch from Bashful Blue and cut down one end of the oval to fit the bear's head. Hand cut the band of the hat with a scrap from the remaining part of the oval, rounding the ends. Using a stylus, emboss the curved lines in the cuff of the hat. Ink the edges of the hat pieces with Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' ink. Adhere the cuff to the hat and adhere the hat to the bear's head. Punch the small flower from the Boho Blossoms punch and ink the edges with Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' ink.

5. Add flat backed gold pearls to the bear's jacket for buttons and add Dazzling Diamonds to the sleeve cuffs and the pom pom on the hat. Set the bear aside to dry.

6. To create the snowy background scene, tear two pieces of scrap paper into hill shapes and place on the 4.50" x 6.50" Whisper White card stock. Do the right hill first. Ink around the edges of the scrap paper with Bordering Blue Classic Stampin' ink. Repeat with the left hill. Before you remove the masks for creating the two hills, stamp the pine trees with Old Olive Classic Stampin' ink. With a Chocolate Chip Stampin' Write marker, add the trunks to the trees. Remove the masks. Stamp one more pine tree in front of the left hill and add the trunk as you did with the other trees. To add a little more depth to the snowy scene, tear the shape of the right hill from Whisper White card stock. Ink the edges with Bordering Blue Classic Stampin' ink and adhere over the right hill. Next tear a foreground piece from Whisper White, ink the edges with Bordering Blue Classic Stampin' ink and adhere to the bottom of the Whisper White base overlapping the bottom edge of the right hill.

7. Create the sky with a scallop circle punch out and Bashful Blue Classic Stampin' ink. See tutorial for the sky here.

8. Adhere the Certainly Celery mat to the Night of Navy card base. Adhere the Whisper White snowy scene to the Certainly Celery. Add Dazzling Diamonds to the tops of the hills and the top of the foreground snow. Set aside to dry.

9. To create the sled, punch a tag with the Tag punch from Close to Cocoa card stock. Using an embossing stylus, emboss lines in the sled. Ink the edges of the sled with Close to Cocoa Classic Stampin' ink. With the Word Window punch, punch once from Chocolate Chip card stock and once from Going Gray card stock. Cut both Word Window shapes in half lengthwise. Adhere one half of the Chocolate Chip Word Window shape to the top area of the sled. Adhere one half of the Going Gray Word Window shape to each side of the sled, curved edges facing out. With a 1/16" circle punch, punch out two holes in the top of the sled and thread a piece of hemp cord through the holes and tie the ends in knots. This cord is the rope for the sled.

9. When the Dazzling Diamonds on the card base is dry, adhere the polar bear to the snowy scene, making sure that the back of the sled rope is behind the bear's hand (add just a bit of glue to the back of the hand to keep the rope in place). You want the front of the rope to be on the front of the bear's hand. Add some glue to the sled and adhere the sled in position on the card. At this point, you may add some Dazzling Diamonds to the top and left bottom side of the sled for snow.

Please let me know if you have any questions :). Supplies list following post. Have a wonderful week!!!


Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Four the Holidays
Classic Stampin' Ink: Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Bordering Blue, Close to Cocoa
Card Stock: Night of Navy, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Going Gray, Basic Black
Dies: Stampin' Up! exclusive Build a Bear Bear, Beary Essentials
Punches: Wide Oval, Boho Blossoms, Tag, Word Window
Accessories: Gold flat backed pearls, Iridescent Ice embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, gold cord, hemp cord


Laura said...

This is just too cute! A polar bear is a wonderful use for the BAB die. Looks like lots of work but love the card. Would be great on a snowy scrapbook page too. Awesome job.

Kim said...

I love this card. I have bookmarked several of your cards here so I could "case" them later. I almost didn't bother commenting, because I'm not much of a commenter, but I like your projects so much I decided to stop and take the time to say thank you for sharing.