Bear Hugs Bringing Warmth and Cheer

Bringing Warmth and Cheer to Children for Christmas with Bear Hugs!

I have a toddler that loves cards. He reads each one like it is a book, even though it only has one page. And like most toddlers, he loves to tear things off of them. If you are going to make a card for a toddler, I’ve learned that it is impossible to make a card so sturdy that a two year old can’d destroy it. Instead, I’ve gone the other direction.

I now make cards for my two year old son that are supposed to come apart. When he can remove the different elements, he becomes much more focused on playing with them rather than destroying the rest of the card. He also enjoys them much longer! I’m amazed sometimes by how long he is entertained by a simple cutout or a bear.

Design Inspiration

I was inspired by two different card makers today! Both have made their own clothes for the cute bears from Bear Hugs and gave me the idea to try it out for myself.

The first card artist is Candy Ford, who made these delightful cards. Click on each one to see her original posts about them!

Candy Ford's Papa Bear Candy Ford's Papa BearCandy Ford's Thank You Bear

The second artist is Petra Tailor, who made these gorgeous cards. Again, click on each to see her posts!

Petra Tailer's Remember Bear Petra Tailer's Wedding Bears

Aren’t these ladies geniuses? Go check out their blogs to see what other amazing things they have created!

And finally, here’s my card!

Interactive Xmas card idea for kids: use velcro to make card elements pop right off the page! Card design by Natalie Lapakko using Bear Hugs stamp set and Warmth and Cheer DSP.

Secret Ingredient for Interactive Cards: Velcro

Most card makers are familiar with dimensionals; you know, those little pieces of foam that have sticky stuff on both sides. You can use them to give a card element a little lift, making a flat card into a slightly more 3D one.

There is a secret ingredient found at local fabric stores that does something similar, but allows you take the elements off again. Then put them back on. Then take them off. And so on and so on. It’s velcro!

Seriously. Velcro is amazing. For card making, get the kind that is adhesive on both sides, so you don’t have to sew it on. It’s really stick and really strong, because it’s meant to be used on fabric. It works great on cardstock, too!

Christmas card idea for kids: use velcro to make cards interactive! Designed by Natalie Lapakko using Bear Hugs stamp set and Warmth and Cheer DSP.

Directions

If you also want to know the secret behind these cute little bears and the layout of this card, here’s the full directions!

  1. Bears: Stamp bear stamps onto Tip Top Taupe with your favorite black ink.
  2. Cut out the bears using the Bear Hugs Framelit Dies.
  3. Use the same framelit dies to cut out pieces for the sweaters from Warmth and Cheer DSP. I wanted the stitches on the sleeves to be oriented a certain way, so I cut out a separate piece for the body, the collar, and each sleeve.
  4. Trim the edges of the sleeves and collar pieces. I just used a scissors, but you could also use an appropriately sized circle die. Scissors are quicker, dies are more accurate.
  5. Glue the shirt pieces together and glue onto the bear. I used white glue.
  6. For a cute piggyback look, I had to also trim between the baby bears’ legs to separate them. They are attached by default.
  7. Layout: Cut a standard sized card base in Basic Black.
  8. Cut a piece of Warmth and Cheer paper (with stars like I did or use your favorite pattern) at 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  9. Cut a black panel at 1-1/4″ (3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  10. Cut a white panel at 1-3/8″ (3.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
  11. Cut a strip of red patterned Warmth and Cheer paper at about 3/4″ (2 cm) wide. Attach this strip to the bottom of the white panel and trim off the ends.
  12. Combine all layers. User your favorite adhesive.
  13. Optional: Use dimensionals between the star layer and the white layer for added depth.
  14. Optional: Use velcro or dimensionals to attach the bears to the card.
  15. Optional: Decorate the inside of the card with a playful Christmas scene. I used another piece of Warmth and Cheer paper, a leftover star, and the retired Tree Punch (Perfect Pines Framelits would work great, too).

Interactive Christmas card for kids, with Bear Hugs stamp set, Warmth and Cheer DSP, and velcro. Design by Natalie Lapakko.

A Christmassy Combination

I took my color cues from the Warmth and Cheer designer series paper. These bright and rich colors are perfect for a child’s Christmas card (or anyone’s for that matter) because they are colorful and not too dark to lose their cheerfulness.

I used my very last scrap of Tip Top Taupe on this card. Gasp! Whatever shall I do? I used to not like this color and now I have used it all up, every sheet and every tiny leftover piece.

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Special Thanks

I’d like to extend a special thank you to Candy and Petra who have inspired me to create a fun bear card. You are both amazingly talented and creative women and I look up to you both!

As always, thank you dear readers for visiting my blog! Happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Warmth and Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Bear Hugs stamp set (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Bear Hugs Framelit Dies, Tree Punch (retired) (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, velcro

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