A Beary Cute Card - Top Flap Fun Fold Card

A Beary Cute Card! 
This card was created with the Beary Cute Stamp set from Stampin' Up and the Walk in the Forest Designer paper

I'm not sure if you have taken the opportunity to have a look at this stamp set yet or not - if you have then you know that it's designed for Christmas! 

As delightful as it is going to be create a few cute Christmas cards with, I wanted to be able to use it to create a masculine card, or a woodsy type card and for any occasion really, whether it was birthday, thank you or just anything...

So it was clear I was going to have to choose a non Christmas designer paper or create a background of my own.  I certainly don't mind doing the later... however I wanted the card to be easy for you to make as well.  

The first direction I needed to go was changing the bear image from a polar bear to brown bear, which was easy enough by choosing a few shades of brown to color him with. With that done, I just needed to figure out a cute fold. So I stepped into my time machine and went back a year or so ago, and used a design from another card ( I don't really have a time machine as you can well imagine... I wish ). Files _ I glanced back over old files from cards I had previously made. This comes in handy, like repurposing something you have already used. 

The next choice was paper, and though there are tons of choices with all of the new beautiful papers available many of them were Christmas oriented. 
Walk in the Forest seemed like a good choice, it has mostly Christmas, however the page I chose had just random trees on one side and the stripes on the other. It seemed like this would work out for my design.

So are you ready to create this card? 
Keep in mind if you don't have the Beary Cute stamp set, you can pick a few images that you like from a stamp set you do have and still create an awesome card. Same for the designer paper - choose a paper that will work well with your chosen images and also 2 patterns that will coordinate. 

Card Measurements:

Pecan Pie cardstock - 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 
Mossy Meadow cardstock - 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 
Mossy Meadow Cardstock - 3 1/2 x 4 3/4 Scored @ 1/2"
Designer Series Paper - 5 1/4 x 4 
Cut at 3/4" & 3 3/8 
Designer Series Paper 2 - 3 3/8 x 4
Basic White 2 1/2" circle
Basic White cardstock scraps to stamp the bear and the tree. 


Cut & score card pieces.
Attach the larger piece of DSP to the front of the smaller section 
of Mossy Meadow cardstock. 
Attach the smaller strips of DSP on either end of the larger piece of Mossy Meadow cardstock. 
Apply tear and tape to the back of the little flap section on the smaller Mossy Meadow piece and attach between the strips of DSP on the larger layer of Mossy Meadow. ( Gluing down only the flap ). 
Stamp & cut out the bear and a tree from the Beary cute stamp set. I stamped the tree inside in Mossy Meadow Ink. 
Wrap a few rounds of coordinating linen thread around the flap section and tie in a bow towards the top of the this section. 
Stamping the Sentiments: 
There are no sentiments in the stamp set for just a rainy day card, so I chose sentiments from the Nature's Prints Stamp set
I have the hardest time when it comes to sentiments, for me the sentiments just don't seem to go with the stamp sets or they aren't versatile enough.... which leaves me wasting a lot of time looking for a suitable sentiment. 
Anywho... I did find something that would work in the Nature's Prints - the circle for the outside of the card was stamped with " Hello there" and the inside panel stamped with "You're On My Mind". 
This worked well for this card. 
You can use any sentiments you choose. 
After the stamping is finished attach the tree to the right side of the Basic White circle, and the bear using dimensionals to the bottom left of the circle. 
Add a few of the Adhesive Backed Speckled Gems in the green shade. 

Attach the completed panel onto the Pecan Pie layer.
Attach the inside panel positioned under the outside flap. 
Add a little Wink of Stella to the tree for a little sparkle. 

That's it! It's pretty easy!

Of course if you are working on Christmas cards already, then there are certainly some beautiful Christmas papers that you can work up this design with as well, and the bear can be brown or white, or really... any color you wish! 

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