Friday, April 30, 2010

"Bear with Tulip" Bildmalarna

Hi everyone:

My name is Lydia Morrison and I'm thrilled to have been invited to come aboard the Bildmalarna Design Team. For my debut blog post, I post my submission for the 1st BildmalarnaStampersBlog Design Challenge - BildiSketch001.

My interpretation of the design features the adorable Bildmalarna "Bear with Tulip" stamp available at The moment I set my eyes on this darling little fellow I had an instant vision for the layout in this challenge and below is the result.

The patterned papered is Basic Grey (Porcelain - Hampton), distressed with Tim Holtz Distress Ink and with some dots glittered using Ranger Stickles (Gold).

The teddy bear is flocked with Doodlebug Crushed Velvet Flock (Bon Bon) enhancing the warm fuzzy feeling of the image. This flocked image would be great on a bookmark. On a bookmark it would invoke memories of flannel jammies and snuggling with cuddly teddies when gently rubbed between fingers while reading. . . guaranteed stress reliever!

Like Wilhemina, I too favour watercolours and used them on this card. I coloured the bear image in brown matching the flock before applying it because the white paper would otherwise show through the flock. To prevent smearing of the paint I dabbed, not rubbed, the glue for flocking.

I stamped, coloured and flocked the image three times so I could paper-piece it together on the card giving it the ultimate 3D effect.

Take a look at the closeup for example:
If you would like to paper-piece this image too, the duplicates are required. Since there are only a few elements in this image just three layers are needed.
  1. The first base layer is the whole image stamped directly onto paper mat previously die cut.
  2. For the second layer, cut out from a duplicate: the whole bloom of the tulip; the bear's head and left ear (excluding the right ear and snout); both legs and the tail. Use Foam Dimensionals to adhere each cutout over its corresponding image on the first base layer.
  3. Cut out from the other duplicate: the bear's front leg and tulip's centre petal. Repeat using the Foam Dimensionals to adhere these cutouts onto the second layer forming the third layer .

The bear paw embellishments were pieced together using various sizes of punched circles and distressed with the same distress ink as above.

Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed putting this card together and sharing it with you and look forward to viewing your creative submissions too.

Till next time,

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