Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How to Make a Shirt for your Tear Bear

Here is a quick and easy way to make a shirt for your tear bear.

1.  Trace your tear bear pattern on the back side of your cardstock or patterned paper.  The dotted lines represent where to cut out.

2.  Cut the pieces out approximately 1/8" from your tracing to accommodate "fluff" on your teddy..

3.  Cut the top part of the arm piece to create short sleeves, or just the lower portion to create long sleeves.  Trim the bottom part of the belly to make the shirt.  You can add a curve to show off your bear's "belly".

4.  Grab your "birthday suit" bear... head detached.

5.  Dress your headless bear by laying the clothes on top of him/her.

6.  Once you get your bear dressed, glue it all down.  For this I usually use Fabri-Tac.  Then attach the head.

Attach your critter to a scrapbook page or a card... or just sit back and admire your beary cute teddy.

You can ink, chalk, add embellishments, frill, ribbon, or whatever tickles your fancy to your outfits.  You should do this before you attach the clothing to the bear.


Thursday, May 27, 2010

New releases coming June 1st!

Many of you have asked, begged and pleaded for a monkey pattern.  I honestly lost count of all the emails and requests made on our Facebook fan page.  Because I adore you all SOOOOO MUCH, I am pleased to bring to you NEW 2 releases for June 1.  Drum roll please...

Miko stands just about 5" when complete.  His inner ears are small pieces of Cream pulled from remnant mulberry paper which is easy to do, even for the beginner.  I used only 1 layer of our 165gsm Mocha and our standard 150gsm Cream Mulberry Paper to create Miko's example.  2 layers of cream were used on Mikos belly and muzzle.  Everything else is only one layer.  And, he's got FLUFF!  Oh, I LOVE OUR MULBERRY PAPER!  I've gotta tell you, I adore this color combination for Miko.  I think he wears the color well.  Don't you? 
5 sets of precut eyes and 5 noses are included with Miko's pattern.  Additional pre-cut eyes (small tear drop) and the Miko's newly designed nose will also be available in our store on June 1st.  The nose even looks cute on Oliver and our traditional Teddy.

Up next....
Boston's example was created using 1 layer of our Ginger Mulberry Paper, and 2 layers of our Cream Mulberry Paper.  I only used 1 layer for the 4 paws.  She didn't need anymore than that otherwise she looks a bit unnatural and unproportional.  5 sets of pre-cut small tear drop eyes and 5 pre-cut noses  are included with her pattern.  Additional eyes and noses may be purchased in our store.
Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or send me a direct email.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Tear Bear 101 Class Highlight at The Beary Scrap

Happy Day to all you!  Today at the shop we had our Tear Bear 101 Class.  What a packed house of fabulous ladies - and talented too I must say.  For 99% of them, this was their very first attempt at making a Tear Bear.  You'd never know it based on the results of their little critters.  They blew me away! 

Many of you know that I don't make bears very often.  Yes, I actually made a bear today while walking the ladies through the process step by step, trying not to leave anything out.  What I love the most is making the patterns and teaching my students everything I've learned over many years of trial and error.  I keep no secrets and share with our students anything I can think of to make their creative endeavours in the "tear bear" world easier.  Oh, if you had only seen my very first bear - it was horrid!

The ladies gave me permission to post their gorgeous faces and adorable bears to share with you all.

Don't they look focused?

Charlotte is missing from the photo - she was having car problems.

(sorry for the blur.  Sandy didn't realize my camera take a second to focus)


Kim B.





Colleen's Bear
(Colleen wouldn't let me take her picture - so modest - LOL - luv ya Sweetie!)

And finally, Sandy wouldn't let me get away without taking my photo.  I hate having my picture taken too. BTW, I was as tired as I look :)


So there you have it.  A wrap of today's class and our New Tear Bear Artist's.  Girls, I will have a certificate for you this next week so that you can proudly display your new talent.  For our Out-of-Town travelers, please email me with your address and I will mail it to you.

If any of you have a blog or would l and would like a badge to use on message boards, here you go...

Simply right click and save to your computer.  You can resize it if needed.  Or, grab the code for a smaller size bar compatible image.  Just copy and paste wherever you need it.

Thank you ladies for a delightful day!  I hope you all had a delightful afternoon, and learned a little something too.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Under Construction

I will be revamping this blog for easier use... please "bear" with me.

Our Tear Bear Tutorial now has it's own page! More updates to this blog are coming soon.

I hope you are enjoying the new layout.

Thanks a bunch!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Answers to your Questions...

We've received several questions from our friend over the past few day.  Some of these were great questions, so I felt I should post them here for everyone who may be wondering the same thing.

I think I'm fluffing too much!...

I suppose I need to figure out how to make one of those videos, but I'm not that computer savvy - LOL. I'll see what I can do.

If you are getting all the way down to the glue, then yes, you are fluffing too much or brushing too hard.  You only want to fluff the edges of your critter, not the inside of the bear.  With light strokes, run your silver brush along the edge of the bear part, maybe 3 times... I stress lightly, but not so lightly that you are "bearly" touching your bear (no pun intended *grins*).  Using a "comma" (or "C") like stroke I find works best.  Use GENTLE strokes... remember, you aren't grooming your pooch. *wink*.  If you click any of the images below, you can see the "fluff" in more detail.  Adding some chalk really makes the fluff  "pop" too.

What is this Nylon Brush for?

The Nylon (black bristle) brush is what I use to groom or clean up my critter.  Once the bear is complete, all parts are dried, my final step is to remove any loose fuzz that is stuck to my bear.  Of course, this creates another episode of "sneezing" for me - LOL.  I also use it for the muzzle of my bear because I don't like alot of "fluff" on it.  That is just my personal preference though.  I'll also use it to create "circular" fluff on the paws.  See image below this post.

How do I position the eyes properly?

Positioning eyes can be tricky sometimes.  When I make my bears, I always glue the muzzle in place first.  This gives me a good starting point so that I can space everything else out evening.

Once I've attached the muzzle, I then glue on the ears.  Keep them low.  If you position them too high, your bear may end up looking like a mouse.

Now that the basic part of the head is done, I then glue the nose to the muzzle.  I like to position mine higher on the muzzle. 

Use the nose as a guide to evenly space out your eyes.  You may want to position then first before attaching them permanately to the critter.

I Think I Mixed Up My Patterns?

No problem... just call me.  I've done this quite a few times already.  I'll walk you through which piece goes with what Beary Sweet Design.  Unfortunately, we have not been able to get colored acrylic yet, but we are working on it.  In the meantime, what I recommend doing is getting those garage sale stickers, you know the circle sticker you can find at Staples, and dotting each pattern a differnt color.  Cutting up some address lables and coloring them in works great too - that's what I do.  It's the most I've been able to play with my copic - LOL. 

Once you've colored your labels and attached them to your parts, make sure you note, or color, or put a colored sticker on your baggie or packaging insert.  I've started etching the first letter of the pattern on the pieces along with it's coordinating label letter.  Example, Charlie's head is labeled "C/H".  "C" for Charlie, "H" for Head.

I hope I was able to shed some light on your questions.  Please feel free to email me with any other questions you may have.  I will do my best to get back to you ASAP.  Please include in your email you phone number and the best time to call you.  I find the phone to be easier for me to get to.. typing takes too long.  Besides, I can muti-task when I'm on the phone.  Most of all, I love being able to actually talk to our customers!

New shades of Mulberry Paper now Available!

Hello Friends!  We've received some lucious shades of mulberry paper on Tuesday.  I was so excited to see the quality and the color of these papers!  We have a new shade of Cream that will be replacing the "old stuff".  This "cream" is truly soft & creamy, making it so easy to work with!  I just had to play with it.  Of course I should have been doing other things.  Here is my example of a bear I created using the new "Cream" toned paper.
This example is up against our new shade of 165gms Mocha!  It's so hard to get the colors right in a photograph.  As you can see, the "fluff" is so much nicer.  All it took was some LIGHT strokes along the edges with our Fluff Me! Steel Brush.  I chalked him up a little with some Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk too.

Next I created a little bear with the new 165gsm Mocha Mulberry Paper.  This paper truly needs only one layer to achieve a lot of fluff.  You will want to wet this paper before you tear it - LOL.  Just take a look...
For this little guy, I used a different technique for fluffing.  Remember, he is only made with 1 layer of mulberry paper.  To make his fur somewhat curly, after I had him assembled, I took my water barrel brush and lightly dampened the edges.  I then took my Beary Creative Tear Bear Tool and "picked" at the fibers along the edge.  Finally, I allowed him to dry.  That was it.  Pretty neat, huh?

As for the color, it is similar to our current Dark Khaki shade, but much lighter.  I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this shade, but after making a few bears the other night, it's really grown on me.  I think it's my new favorite!

I'll try to get some samples of our new 165gsm Ginger Brown loaded in my next post.

Hugs and Smiles

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Charlie Chick" Easter Tear Bear Pattern

Happy Saturday Friends!  I'm back with the second pattern I promised you.  For your creative endevours, I bring to you "Charlie" our sweet chick.
For those of you that know my family, you've probably caught on that the names we have been giving our patterns resemble someone or a pet in our family.  Granted, our Tear Bear remains nameless at the moment.  Hmm... I think we'll have to poll our audience for that in the near future.  If you have any suggestions, please feel free to comment below.

Anyway, "Oliver" is named after my husband's Springer Spaniel.  "Bella" has been named after my sister's Pug (sorry, no bunnies in the family, and Charlie.... well,  he was named by my dear hubby.

Charlie will begin shipping on Tuesday, March 9 2009 along with Bella.  Pre-orders are now being accepted on our website.  Just follow the link HERE.

I'm glad you came by to visit.

Hugs & Smiles,