Santa and his Elf are on their way!

Welcome to our first Imagine If…Christmas Blog Hop.  If you’ve come from Katrina’s Christmas Sleigh you’re in the right place; and you can start from the beginning at Jo’s post on the Imagine If… Blog.

As soon as I saw this Sleigh from Imagine If… I knew it would be perfect for my annual Christmas bear(s) – a Santa and his elf! I like to make a teddy bear each Christmas, and they come out for display each year – it is like seeing old friends again!

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I started out assembling the sleight, I covered the blades in shiny gold paper (I think it was wrapping paper!), and then used the beautiful wood-look KaiserCraft Basecoat Christmas Flora paper to cover the outside of the sleigh. And I used the KaiserCraft Basecoat  Christmas Berry paper for the seat. Once that was glued, dried and cut out I inked around the edges with gold ink, and added some thin gold fibre around the red edge of the upper sleigh.

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Of course, all sleighs need reindeer, and Imagine If have some lovely Running Reindeer that are the perfect size for the sleigh. I started out by colouring two of these with Distress Stains (such a quick and easy way to colour chipboard) on both sides, I wanted a texture on the reindeer, so I then embossed them with Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder, with the resist crystals this gives a textured surface making them look like they have fur.

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I then glued the two together with short sticks (painted in the same colour), giving me two reindeer that stood up together.

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Once the sleigh was constructed I could measure up the size of the bears so they could sit in their sleigh. I created the patterns, sewed the bears, and then made them the appropriate outfits.

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That’s my Christmas bears done this year, but there are still plenty more things to make – like Christmas cards!  So come back next week and see what I’ve done with the Imagine If… chipboard on Christmas Cards.

Next on your sleigh ride (aka blog hop) is Lilian and her shabby chic sleigh. Don’t forget to tell me what you think before you head on!


4 Replies to “Santa and his Elf are on their way!”

  1. I think you are very clever with your wee bears Beth and these two are no exception. They look cute sitting in their lovely sleigh.

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