I’m helping a friend design her nursery, so when her baby shower rolled around I jumped at the chance to DIY the bear print I used in her design. It also gave me an excuse to further indulge my newest fixation on tomato red.
- Transparency film
- X-acto knife
- 18″ x 24″ tomato red construction paper (acid-free)
- 18″ x 24″ white construction paper (acid-free)
- 1/8″ thick adhesive dots (acid-free)
- 18″ x 24″ white frame (I like the white ones at Hobby Lobby!)
- Cutting mat (optional)
I pulled the image up on my screen and used some transparency film to trace the outline of the bear.
Funny story? On my first try I tried to use my iPad to trace the image on screen to transparency film. I quickly discovered trying to trace directly on a touch screen was the biggest ding dong move I’ve tried to pull in awhile. Anyways, tracing left me with a lovely bear outline. When tracing, I tried to pay special attention to the fur details and tried to capture the jagged outline as accurately as possible.
Next came the projector. I got mine off of Craigslist for $15 from a local school a few years back, and they’re on Craigslist and eBay all of the time. I use this sucker often for different projects!
I projected it directly on the tomato red construction paper I taped to the wall with painters’ tape. Once I was sure it was the size I wanted (I wanted the bear to reach very close to the edge, similar to the inspiration pic), I started tracing. IMPORTANT: Be sure to trace on the OPPOSITE side you want your bear to face to hide your pencil marks!
Next came the cutting. I used a scissor on the long, round edges and an X-acto knife on the fur detail.
Once I was done with all of my cuts, I did go back through and clean up any scraggly edges or tears.
Once I was done cutting, it was time to put this bad boy on paper. I wanted the red bear to float above the paper, like this…
So I used 1/8″ high adhesive dots to get that floating look. And to make sure none of the areas buckled (due to some spots with dots versus those with no dots), I put dots ALLLLL over the back of the bear. Also, it’s important that the adhesive dots are acid-free so that over time the glue doesn’t burn into the paper, leaving dark greasy circles everywhere. That would be no bueno.
The next step is as easy as slipping it into its frame and it’s ready to go!
At the party, everyone thought it was an Etsy purchase so I consider that a success. I want to make more!