Cookie Cutter Christmas Teddy Bear

Do you or a family member have a beloved teddy bear?

I had a very dear teddy bear that I buckled into the seat of my first car on the way to my first day at college 4+hrs from home back in 1988.  He was a very fluffy and cuddly teddy bear that I often used as a pillow because he was that soft and large. He had to be washed often so that any allergens were controlled.  After thirty years he could no longer hold up to frequent allergy control laundering and I had to say goodbye.  He will always be missed.

This teddy bear from the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle really reminds me of my old bear.

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I was pleased when I stamped the image & achieved the fluffy, furry look my old teddy bear displayed in his great life. This effect occurred because I did not condition the stamp (usually done with an eraser) and I used a very inky Crumb Cake ink pad (which can cause pooling on bold or solid image stamps-especially photopolymer).  It is the exact look I wanted for this bear.

If you want a clear solid image, condition your stamp and do not use an over-inked pad.  If you want this furry bear look and have already conditioned your stamp and your ink pad moisture content is perfect, try inking your stamp and lightly tapping a cotton ball direct to the inked image before stamping.  It takes practice, but can give a nice furry texture to solid image stamps.

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Did you know that here in the USA we have a National Bring Your Teddy Bear To Work/School Day? It is celebrated annually on the second Wednesday of October.  This year that is Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

I have a 7 year-old shih-tzu who would happily drag her teddy bear by the ear to work or school if she had to to go to either of those places, but perhaps you & those you know are not so bold to take your favorite cuddly friend to work or school on this day.  Poor thing might pick up germs or get lost after all.

How else can we celebrate this day?  By sending a teddy bear card tucked away in a child or other loved one’s bag, purse, briefcase or lunch sac.  It might just be the thing that brightens their day.

So, if you have this bundle or another teddy bear stamp in your stash, why not create a cute card and celebrate this holiday?!

Until next time…

-Joanne

 

Making kid friendly Christmas cards

In addition to the Christmas cards posted this week, I also made some kid friendly Christmas cards for my friends & family members who have little ones.  I am at least half way through the process of making this year’s cards which will be mailed.  That is pretty good progress for me.

Were you busy making Christmas cards or other cards yesterday during World Card Making Day?

During my productive card making day,  I even remembered this year to keep those cards which I am mailing from needing extra postage or hand cancelling.  So, they should be easier and less expensive to mail.  I’ll hand deliver some more embellished versions to those I see in person.

I have a lot of family & friends who have young children who have told me they really enjoy my cards.  I try to remember to send cards to which a child can relate to these families.  This creation with the Cookie Cutter Christmas reindeer fits that category:

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I think most children start singing songs about that cute red-nosed reindeer around Thanksgiving here in the USA.

Instructions to recreate this card:

  1. Card Base is Cherry Cobbler card stock (CS), cut to 4.25″x11″ and scored/folded in half @ 5.5″ (Going forward, score is on your left)
  2. Layer 1 is This Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP) is cut to 5.25″x4″ Attach to the Card Base using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  3. Layer 2 is Very Vanilla CS cut to 3.75″x5″ and embossed using the Cable Knit Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder & the Big Shot. Attach to the DSP layer using Snail adhesive (or your favorite)
  4. Stamp the reindeer from Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle onto Tip Top Taupe CS with Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and punch out.
  5. Stamp the Banner & sentiment from Banners for Christmas stamp set onto Garden Green CS using Stazon Jet Black Ink (or your favorite black) and die cut using Bunch of Banners Framelits Dies
  6. Punch a Cherry Cobbler CS circle from the Owl Builder Punch (use the largest circle in the punch)
  7. Attach banner and reindeer to the embossed card layer using dimensionals
  8. Attach nose to the reindeer using the Fine Tip Glue Pen
  9. Adding a shiny nose is important  (it is part of the song, after all) and can be easily accomplished with the Fine Tip glue Pen or replacing the Cherry Cobbler nose with Red Glimmer Paper. If you are already using the Fine Tip Glue Pen for the nose, I suggest adding to the eyes also.

Here is the inside of the card:

cookie-cutter-christmas-reindeer-card-insertI wanted to continue with things kids associate with Christmas for the interior of the card. Kids (and adults too) love treats; one of the most popular Christmas treats is the candy cane. Banners for Christmas, which was already used for the exterior card sentiment, contains a wonderfully large candy cane in the set.  Adding a few of the words from the same set, I created the insert or interior panel of the card.

Instructions for the card Insert:

  1. Cut your insert of Very Vanilla CS to 4″x5.25″
  2. Stamp the Candy Cane from Banners for Christmas in Cherry Cobbler Ink
  3. Line the sentiment words Merry & Christmas from Banners for Christmas so that the curves come close to mimicking those of the candy cane, then drop your acrylic block to pick up the stamps in that position.
  4. Stamp Merry Christmas using Stazon Jet Black ink (or your favorite black)
  5. Adhere insert to card base.

I believe some children & adults are going to enjoy this card this year.

If you have decided to make this or any other project I’ve posted and need supplies, you can shop online HERE.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time…

-Joanne