Stenciled Bear Christmas Card
What you will make:
Make a batch of Christmas cards in a flash, featuring a stenciled
Christmas bear holding a 3-D banner. Select from two stencil templates
on the included printable pattern to cut a stencil that you'll use with
acrylic paints to create cards for sending to friends and relatives.
If you have never stenciled before, that's no problem—just
follow the easy steps in the Stenciled Cards
tutorial from Aunt Annie's
Greeting Card Class. If you are new to
card-making, review these tutorials for ideas and basic techniques.
Here's what you need:
- White card blank: 4¼″ by 5½″
- Scrap paper
- Paper towels
- Glue or double-sided foam tape
- Black marker
- Acrylic paints and cosmetic sponges
- 4" to 6" plastic lid
- Masking tape or drafting tape
- Colored pencils or markers
- Optional: Repositionable spray adhesive, rubber stamps
and stamp pads
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Stenciled Bear Christmas Cards
Read through the tutorial before starting.
- Step 1: Download and Print Stencil Pattern
Download and print the stencil pattern on white paper or
Tip: Computer paper works fine for stencils, but
may wrinkle when wet and can only be used a few times. Cardstock
stencils are a bit more durable; however, special stencil paper or
film is available at craft and graphic arts stores. It cuts easily,
doesn't tear, and lasts almost forever. When using stencil paper or
film, trace the pattern onto it. Or, place the printed pattern behind
the stencil paper or film, and cut on a cutting mat or thick piece
of cardboard using a craft knife.
Patterns are Adobe PDF files. The
Adobe Reader is available for free.
All of Aunt Annie's project patterns are designed to be printed on standard letter-size paper (8.5"x11" or A4).
When printing from Adobe Reader, you may need to select Auto-Rotate and Center or
Choose paper source by PDF page size to ensure the best fit.
- Step 2: Cut Stencil
Cut out the rectangle around the stencil template you selected. Be sure to make the
cuts straight and the corners square. Fold the rectangle in half on the dashed line. Be sure that the
printed stencil design is on the outside.
Cut the stencil on the bear outline. Remember: you are cutting
away the center. Be careful not to cut through the frame of
the stencil. Carefully unfold the paper and flatten the crease with
Cut out the tummy, muzzle, eyes, and ear insides from the bear
cutout. These pieces are part of the stencil and are used to mask
(leave white) those areas of the bear.
- Step 3: Stencil
Make some rolls of drafting tape or masking tape and apply
them to the back of the main stencil and the stencil parts. You
can also use repositionable spray adhesive or glue.
Center the main stencil image on the card front and press to
secure it. Place the other stencil parts in the center of the
main stencil and press to ensure a good hold.
Put a few drops of paint on the plastic lid and load a dampened sponge with paint;
brown works well. Dab up and down on the stencil until you achieve the desired darkness and shading.
See the Stenciled Cards
tutorial for more detailed instructions and stenciling tips.
Apply paint around the outside edges of the stencil to
create a border on the card. Use any colors you
like; red and green are nice.
Carefully remove the stencil and all the stencil pieces by lifting straight up.
Repeat the process for additional cards.
- Step 4: Finish Up
Use a black marker to draw eyes, nose, and mouth on the bear.
Use colored pencils to add more details, like a few tufts of fur
in the ears or some green holly leaves with red berries. You can also use
small Christmas-themed rubber stamps to decorate around your
Cut out the banner that goes with the bear stencil you selected.
Use the banner as is, or trace the shape onto white cardstock and
write or stamp a greeting. You might also dab the banner with
paint or decorate it with rubber stamps or markers.
Use glue or double-sided foam tape to attach the banner to
the bear's hands. For a 3-dimensional effect, make a slight bow
in the banner when attaching it to the card. First, attach the
banner to one hand, then flex the banner just a little before
attaching the other end. This is easier with double-sided
That's it! Your stenciled
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