*Space your parts about ¼” apart from one another. This will leave you adequate room for tearing and will expose more fibers for a fluffier bear.
If you are making cardstock piecings, you can now cut out your piecings with scissors and advance to the “Assembly” Section.
Prep to Tear:
TEARING IT UP!
Allow your pieces to dry before moving to the next step.
Allow some time to let your glue dry before proceeding to the next step.
Time For A FLUFF!
You will need your FLUFF ME! Brush Set in order to follow through with this section.
After the glue has dried, it is time to Fluff!. Please be VERY careful using our Fluff Me! Brush. This tool is not meant to be used by children as it has very sharp stainless steel bristles that may pick your fingers.
Basically, you only want to brush the edges of your pieces enough to loosen up some of those fibers left from tearing. You may do this on a protected flat surface, or by holding your piece in one hand and brushing with the other. I find I have better control over the brush and the mulberry paper if I hold it. The mulberry paper tends to bend a bit with each stroke pulling out even more fibers and making the edges even fluffier.
Gently brush the edges of each piece in a “C” or circular motion. I find quick short strokes work best to achieve a super fluffy appearance.
More detailed instruction are available in our Guide to Great Fluffing Manual.
I prefer to use Colorbox Fluid Chalks to add depth and dimension to my critters. You may use artist chalk or another brand of liquid chalk that you have on hand. Just make sure it is archival safe if you will be using it in your scrapbook pages. I do not recommend pigment inks for detailing your critters.
Select a shade of chalk that is a bit darker that the color of mulberry paper you are working with. You may want to use 2 different shades. Remember to begin with your lighter shade first and then advance to your darker shade.
TIP: If you are using Caramel or Mocha Mulberry Paper, I suggest using Creamy Brown Fluid Chalk and/or Chestnut Roan Fluid Chalk.
If you are using liquid chalk, try using a “used” ink pad. I find that brand new pads are saturated with ink and often leave unattractive blotchy marks on your mulberry paper. If you are using a brand new pad, dab it on a paper towel a few times to remove some of the excess ink.
Holding the chalk in one hand and your bear part in the other, start going around each part of your bear just as you would when you distress or chalk the edges of your scrapbook paper. You don’t need a lot, just enough to add dimension. You only want to chalk up the edges of your bear.
THERE IS NO NEED TO CHALK THE MUZZLE IF YOU ARE USING WHITE MULBERRY PAPER.
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Assembling Your Bear
First and foremost, when assembling your bear, be careful not to get the glue too close to the edges. Your critter will not fluff well with glue on it.
Well, I have pictures for this part, but my camera needs to be charged so I can get the images off it.... so for now, I will just post the instructions. I'll add the pictures later on.
- Place the head of the bear down on the table. Now, get the muzzle. Apply a bit of glue to the back (smooth side) of the muzzle and attatch it to the bottom portion of the head. I attatch the muzzle first as it is easier to place your ears evenly.
- No, take the ear and apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of the "lumpy side". This is where it is okay to glue on the wrong side of the paper because the ear will be attached to the back of the head. Do this to the other ear. Make sure your ears are evenly placed.
- Next, glue the head to the body. The body should be behind the head.
- Next, Apply adhesive to the very top of the narrow side on the front of the legs and attach them to the back of the body.
- Apply adhesive to the back side of the feet and attach them directly on top of the legs. You may do this prior to attaching the legs to the body if you want to manipulate the height of the bear.
- The arms look a bit like kidney beans. The curve of the arm will follow curve of the body. The narrow portion of the arm is the side closest to the head. Apply a little adhesive to the inside edge of the front of the arms and attach them to the back side of the body as shown. If you want the arms to be infront, apply glue to the back of the arm and attach to the body.
- If you want to add paw, then this is the final step. Apply a bit of adhesive to the back side of the paws and attach them directly on top of the lower portion of the arms overlapping the body. If you want to have your bear holding an object such as a flower, you will want to position the object on the bear and then attach the paw on top.