Hello everyone, are you ready to create a fuzzy bear? This looks so hard but its really very easy. To make this bear, the most important thing you will need is a high quality extra thick mulberry paper. I've tried every paper on the market and the papers available at The Beary Scrap are the absolute best! If you are serious about creating tear bears, this is where you need to buy your paper.
You will need template pieces to create your tear bear. To make the template pieces, punch the following Stampin' Up! punches out of white tagboard:
Ornament - Head
1 3/4" Circle - Body
Modern Label - Arms & Legs
Wide Heart (cut in half with rounded edges) - Feet
Medium Oval - Muzzle
Medium Oval (or 3/4" Circle) - Ears
1/2" Circle - Inner Ears
1 3/8" Circle - Belly
Small Oval - Feet Pads
I used chocolate and mocha colored mulberry papers for this bear.
Basic Tear Bear Instructions:
Place your template piece onto the rough side of the mulberry paper. Using an aqua painter or watercolor brush, trace around the outside edge of the template. You don't need to soak the paper, but you should put enough water down that the fibers will tear easily.
Now, tear your piece out by hand. If you pull the piece towards you as you tear, you will get more of a feathery fluffy edge. Complete these steps for all pieces. If you want to make the edges even more feathery, you can use a toothbrush to lightly brush the outside edges of the pieces. Let the pieces dry thoroughly. If you didn't put a lot of water on them, they should dry within a few minutes.
After the pieces are dry, you can add the details. For the face, I stamped the PKS Tear Bear Face Parts. First stamp the eyes on the head with black and add white highlights with a unibal gel pen. Stamp the nose on the muzzle. If you want to add some more definition to the pieces, you can brush the edges with a creamy chalk or pigment ink.
Mount the muzzle onto the face with a dimensional. Glue the tummy piece onto the body. Glue the feet pads onto the feet. Attach the feet to the legs with dimensionals. Attach legs onto back of body with dimensionals. Attach arms to back of body with dimensionals. Glue ear centers onto ears. Glue ears onto back of head.
At this point, you can add a little more fluff to your bear. Lightly brush the surface of your bear with an aqua painter (don't put water near the eyes or nose). Then, carefully pull the top fibers up with a needle. Don't pull too hard, or they will come right off! Then let it dry. Once dry, the bear will look nice and fluffy.
Want some more information and direction? Beary Scrap has some great tips and instructions HERE.