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Birthday: Bear on deckchair

deckchair bear

This was an unplanned card. When I was about half way through colouring the bear for the Father’s Day card, I realised that he was sitting in MC Escher’s deckchair and, once I had noticed that, there was no way I could use it on a card. But I didn’t want to waste the work I had done, so I trimmed the offending furniture away and came up with a way of using it for another card, which was lucky because up to that point I had no idea what I was going to do for this particular birthday card.


The layout of the card was worked out as I went along. I started by trimming down the bear using one of the cross-stitched rectangle dies – the one I picked was the right height, but longer than I needed, so I ran it through the Big Shot a second time to shorten the panel, making sure to get the crosses lined up.

Then I decided that the bear needed some sun to go along with his deckchair. I stamped the sun and cloud, coloured it, and die-cut it to a square. Both image panels were placed on the card base at a slight angle to each other. The sun panel was popped up using thin foam tape and the bear panel was mounted using thicker foam tape with a bit of an overlap.

Of course, I needed to add a sentiment. The top right corner was the only place one would sensibly fit and, luckily, the Create A Smile “birthday” was just the right size for the space. I cut the bottom edge of the sentiment piece to match the angle of the sun panel and the other side to match the angle of the “Y”. That conveniently left a gap just the right size for an enamel dot. I added another couple of dots to the bottom corner to balance it out and called it done.

deckchair bear - detail


Copic Jumpstart class


  • stamps:
    Create A Smile – mini birthday
    Lawn Fawn – sunny skies
  • digital stamps:
    Di’s Digi Stamps – naptime ted
  • dies:
    Lawn Fawn – small cross-stitched rectangles
  • inks:
    Memento – tuxedo black
  • Copic markers:
    bear fur – YR24, YR27, E37, YR20, YR21
    bear ears – R21
    bear t-shirt – Y15, Y17, Y38
    newspaper – T0, T1, T2
    deckchair wood – E23, E25, E27
    deckchair blue – B02, B04, B06
    deckchair white – W00, W1, W3, W5
    grass – YG05, G14, YG17
    bird – E23, YR24, R21
    butterfly – Y15, Y17, Y38, W5
    sun – Y06, Y08, Y19
    cloud – 0, W00, W0, W1
  • embellishments:
    Doodlebug – sprinkles – day to day assortment
  • paper and card:
    Neenah – solar white – 216gsm
    Hunkydory – adorable scorable

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