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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Polar Bear Punch Art

Hello!  I'm so sorry I have been a bit lax about getting my posts up.  With preparing for Thanksgiving and my Stamp Club Christmas Event, I got a bit overwhelmed.  A weekend trip to Branson, Missouri, for some Christmas shows and shopping capped off Thanksgiving weekend for me.  Returning home, I was full swing into Christmas decorating and finishing preparing for the Holiday Boxes, Bags & Tags Event here on December 5th.  The day was filled with a variety of projects (14 to be exact) to make your holidays bright and festive.  After 5 hours of stamping, we shared a pot-luck meal of holiday favorites.  It was delicious!  Following that event, I was very focused on making my own personal Christmas cards and projects.

Unfortunately, I didn't have all the great holiday items photographed to show you and every day seemed to fly by so quickly.  Soooo, I didn't get my posts up on time.  So Sorry!

Here is one of the lovely cards I have been working on to send out for Christmas.  This is a sweet punch art card using Winter Wonderland Specialty Designer Series Paper as the background for my cute little polar bear family.  Some torn edges, a little sponging and a touch of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter adhered with the Fine Tip Glue Pen makes my card sparkle.  I like the Fine Tip Glue Pen for details like this because I can get a nice thick line of glue or spread it out and have just a touch.

The sentiment is from the Wonderland stamp set.  Isn't it amazing what some circle and oval punches can create?

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my little polar bear family.

The response I have been receiving from my polar bear card is incredible!  Here are the much requested directions for making this card.  I hope they are helpful!


STAMP:  Wonderland
PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Winter Wonderland DSP
INK:  Soft Sky, Smoky Slate

TOOLS:  Punches – Word Window, Owl, 1” Circle, 1 ¾” Circle, 1 ¼” Circle, ½” Circle, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

Mama Bear Head & Body – 1 ¾” Circle X 2
Baby Head – 1” Circle X2
Baby Body – 1 ¼” Circle X1
Mama Ears – ½” Circle X2
Baby Ears – Large circle from Owl Punch X4
Eyes – Smallest circles from Owl Punch X6
*Mama Nose – Large Oval cropped with 1” Circle X1
*Baby Nose – Word Window cropped with Word Window X2
Mama Nose Tip – Largest circle from Owl Punch X1
Baby Nose Tip – Medium circle from Owl Punch X2

*Crop noses attaching a scrap of paper to the punched shape and sliding it into the punch.  For mama bear, crop with 1” Circle.  For baby bears, crop with Word Window Punch.

OTHER:  Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals, White Gel Pen, Sponges, Sponge Daubers
Sponge all bear parts LIGHTLY with Smoky Slate
Mark eyes with pencil and glue on smallest black circles with Fine Tip Glue Pen
Glue on nose and ears
Highlight nose tip with White Gel Pen

Adhere DSP to top half of card front.

Tear Whisper White CS to make ragged edge.  Use both pieces to create look of snow drifts.  Trim bottom to fit.  LIGHTLY sponge edges with Soft Sky, including sides and bottom, and add glitter to edges using Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Stamp sentiment on smaller piece of Whisper White CS snow drift in bottom right corner.

DO NOT PUT GLUE UNDER TOP EDGE OF LARGE SNOW DRIFT.  Glue larger piece of snow drift to base putting glue at bottom and slightly up outer edges leaving room at the top for the bear bodies to slide underneath. 

Glue smaller piece of snow drift over first piece at the bottom of card front.

Place Dimensionals under mama bear’s ears and nose.  POSITION MAMA BEAR FIRST.  Slide her body in behind her head under the edge of the torn snow drift before attaching head with Dimensionals.

Attach 1 Dimensional to each baby bear head – One bear on right side of head and one bear on left side of head.  THE DIMENSIONAL ATTACHES TO THE SNOW DRIFT, NOT MAMA BEAR’S FACE.  Angle baby bear heads in slightly.  Attach baby bear heads to card front overlapping mama bear’s face. 

Slide right baby bear’s body in behind his head and under the edge of the torn snow drift.


  1. Hi Susan, I love this card! I also, attend craft shows (two to be exact!) and would love to case your card. Everyone seems to love bears and snowmen and I have lots of snowman stamps, I only have one polar bear stamp. Can you please tell me what size punches you used...I can figure out the rest! Thanks, Carol

  2. Carol, send me your email and I will send you the details.

  3. Hi Susan, I love the bear card. I am a demo in WI and would appreciate having the punch sizes if you would be so kind as to share. sheristamps3@gmail.com

  4. Thank you for the lovely comment! Details have been sent. :)

  5. So adorable and a creative use of punches Susan! Love it and thank you for the info too! Fast response to my request! Hugs from CA!

  6. Thanks so much for your kind words!

  7. I would love the punch sizes as well. My granddaughter loves polar bears. My email is owensgaga@msn.com. thank you

  8. Love this polar bear card. Would you be willing to share details? Thanks for sharing your creative talents with the rest of us that sometimes need some ideas. email is grossrod at hotmail dot com thanks

  9. Love this card!!! I would love to know how to create it if you would share….ginawiseman67@gmail.com. Thank you for sharing!xo

  10. I believe I have sent punch sizes to all who have requested it. Just be sure not to glue the top edge of your snowbanks down so you can slide your bear bodies under it. I lightly sponged Smoky Slate around all the bear body parts and Soft Sky along the edges of my snow banks. Use the Fine Tip Glue Pen and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter to add sparkle to the top edges of the snow banks. Have fun!

  11. Susan,
    Just came upon your polar bear card on Pinterest. I would love the directions. Bear cards in general, especially Christmas ones, are so hard to come by. Your is very cute. placke_m@stcatharinesiena.org

  12. Hi I love this card also. Would you be able to send me the details? My email address is mbbtolland@verizon.net. Thanks.

  13. I would love to make this card forr my nephew, who adores polar bears, will you share your details for this card? My email is pthomas41@yahoo.com. Thank you

  14. Would it be possible to send me a copy of the directions to make this card. I love polar bears and living in Newfoundland Canada it is rear for a polar bear to be seen in St. John's. I would love to send this card to my daughter in Australia.
    My email is mary.oleary61@gmail.com. Thanking you in advance.

  15. Would it be possible to send me a copy of the directions to make this card. I love polar bears and living in Newfoundland Canada it is rear for a polar bear to be seen in St. John's. I would love to send this card to my daughter in Australia.
    My email is mary.oleary61@gmail.com. Thanking you in advance.

  16. Love it!! Also would like to know how you made it. It would make a perfect Christmas card for everyone. My email is lockca@hotmail.com

  17. Like everyone else I to love your polar bear card. Could you please send me the directions. My grandkids will love getting this card in the mail. Eileen

  18. I saw you card on pinterest and feel in love with. Could you tell me what size punches you used.

  19. Pamela, send me your email and I will send you the directions.

  20. Hello Susan! I am also a SU! Demonstrator in Central Texas. Your card is GORGEOUS & I'd love to share if you would please send me the punch sizes & other details. In addition, please let me know if there is any way I can be of assistance to you - thank you for caring & sharing! Have a great day! My e-mail address is wfjf@aol.com

  21. This card is beautiful! I would love to have the directions as well. My e-mail is mlzajac@scrtc.com. Thanks!

  22. Hi Susan, I just saw your card on Pinterest and absolutely fell in love with it. I'm wondering, could you please share what punches you used? I teach card classes and always have ladies asking about bears/polar bears. This card is stunning. Thank you for sharing it. My email is barbeckes@hotmail.com. Have a great weekend.

  23. This is absolutely the cutest card I have ever seen! I have a niece who absolutely loves polar bears, and everyone in the family tries to accommodate her love by finding clever new items to add to her collection. I am a new stamper but I think with directions I could manage this. Would you mind sending me the directions? You can reach me at Ljblank24@gmail.com. Thanks, Lynda in CT

  24. Could you please me the directions with th e punch sizes..I just love this card..how do.you think these up..thanks you

  25. Debbie, I CASED the basic idea from a card I saved years ago. If you will read through the entire post above, I included the directions.

  26. I would love the directions to this card! My email: mum2eight@hotmail.com
    Thank you!

  27. I would love the directions as well please, gorgeous card x
    Thank you