DIY bear cards tutorial: 9 birthday designs


Add a personal touch to their birthday with this DIY bear cards tutorial featuring designs using our adorable Birthday Bear Stamp Set!

Teddy bears are loveable creatures and this tutorial will provide all the inspiration you need to make your own birthday bear cards, bound to bring a smile to your recipient’s face on their birthday! 

Even better, you’ll learn how to use stamps using our Birthday Bear Stamp Set. Once you’ve mastered stamping, you can replace them with different stamps to suit any occasion – be sure to browse the online shop for more!  

And if you need any more excuses to make these characterful cards, it’s National Teddy Bear Day on 9th September!

DIY bear cards tutorial

Card one – A little birthday wish

Card two – Hello

Card three – Celebrate your special day

Card four – Birthday duo

Card five – Decoupage bear

Card six – Birthday bunting

Card seven – Special day

Card eight – Happy Birthday to you

Card nine – Happy Birthday

A little birthday wish   

birthday wish diy teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Emboss white card using the cloud embossing folder and trim to 10cm square. Double mount onto 10.5cm square white card then 11cm square caramel card. Fix to the scalloped card blank, the fold positioned at the top. 
  2. Cut the circles paper to 9x2cm, mount onto caramel card and fix across the bottom. 
  3. Stamp and colour the sitting bear and cut out. Fix on the right side using foam pads. 
  4. Stamp a birthday sentiment onto white card and round the edges using a fancy corner punch. Mount onto caramel card, punch the edges to match and attach onto the left side with foam pads. 
  5. Decorate the card by adding shimmer sequins.

Hello

hello diy teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Cut and fold white card to create a 13x10cm card blank with the fold at the top. 
  2. Trim the teal spot paper to 12x9cm and mount onto Kraft card measuring 12.5x9.5cm. Trim the orange spot paper to 12x2cm, mount onto white card leaving a narrow border on the top and bottom edges only and fix close to the bottom edge. Attach the panel to the card front. 
  3. Die-cut hello from white card and attach with foam pads. 
  4. Stamp the standing bear in black ink and colour. Carefully cut out and attach on the right side with foam pads. 
  5. Decorate with adhesive pearls to finish. 

Celebrate your special day   

celebrate your special day teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Create a 13cm square white card blank, fold at the top. 
  2. Trim the backing paper to 12cm square and mount onto 12.5cm square Kraft card. Attach wide hessian around the lower half with purple ribbon on top. Secure the panel to the card front. 
  3. Stamp the sitting bear and balloon onto white card and colour. Trim to 7.5x8.5cm and punch each corner. Mount onto Kraft card and punch each corner to match. 
  4. Using a black fine line pen, draw a couple of borders around the edge and add a purple rhinestone to each corner. Fix on the right side of the card. 
  5. Stamp a birthday sentiment onto white card, mount onto Kraft card and attach as shown with foam pads. 
  6. Tie a bow in purple ribbon and fix below the sentiment to finish. 

Birthday duo

happy birthday balloon homemade bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Create a 12cm square white card blank, fold at the top. 
  2. Trim the orange spot paper to 11cm square, mount onto Kraft card measuring 11.5cm square and fix to the card front. 
  3. Cut white card to 8.5cm square, draw a fi ne border then mount onto 9cm square Kraft card. Fix to the card front. 
  4. Stamp a sentiment onto white card in black ink and mount onto Kraft card. Attach as shown with foam pads and add an enamel dot to each side. 
  5. Stamp the standing bear, sitting bear and balloon. Colour each one, cut out and attach onto the white panel. Add some glitter onto the balloon to finish.

Decoupage bear

happy birthday decoupage bear card

You will need

Not sure what decoupage is? Find out in our glossary!

Method

  1. Create a 13cm square white card blank, fold on the top. Trim teal gingham paper to 12.5cm square and fix to the card front. 
  2. Cut four pieces of purple balloon paper to 5cm square, mount onto Kraft card and arrange and secure as shown. 
  3. Stamp the bear onto white card in black ink and colour. Trim to 6.5cm square and mount onto Kraft card. Mask off the side of the bear, then stamp and colour the balloons. Stamp the bear two more times and trim to create layers. Colour and fix in place using foam pads. 
  4. Attach a rhinestone to each corner of the topper. 
  5. Stamp the sentiment onto white card, mount onto Kraft card and secure below the topper with a purple flower each side to finish. 

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Birthday bunting

happy birthday handmade teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Create a 12.5cm square white card blank, fold at the top. 
  2. Trim the bright circles paper to 11.5cm square and mount onto 12cm square pink card. Wrap white lace, with white ribbon on top horizontally around the centre of the panel before fixing to the card front. 
  3. Stamp the standing up bear onto the left side of 8.5cm square white card and then stamp the bunting at the top. Colour the images, draw a frame, then mount onto pink card and fix to the card centre using foam pads. 
  4. Stamp 'happy birthday' onto white card, cut into two piece and secure as shown with foam pads. 
  5. Add a pink rhinestone to each corner of the topper and pink paper flowers in the bottom left corner to finish.

Special day

special day teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Cut and fold white card to create a 11x14.5cm card blank with the fold at the top. Trim teal gingham paper to 10.5x14cm and fix onto the card front. 
  2. Cut teal spot paper to 8.5x12cm, mount onto white card measuring 9x12.5cm and attach to the centre. Cut two strips of the balloon paper to measure 9.5x1.5cm, mount onto white card and secure as shown. 
  3. Stamp the sitting bear onto white card and colour. Die-cut using a stitched circle die and mount onto a scallop stitched circle. Attach the topper onto the card. 
  4. Stamp a birthday sentiment onto white card, mount onto Kraft card and attached below the topper using foam pads to finish.

Happy Birthday to you 

happy birthday to you teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Cut and fold white card to create an 11.5x13.5cm card blank with the fold at the top. 
  2. Trim teal spot paper to 10.5x12.5cm and mount onto Kraft card. Cut balloon backing paper to 6.5x12.5cm, mount onto Kraft card leaving a narrow border on the left and right sides only and fix on the left side of the teal spot panel. Wrap white lace horizontally around the panel, close to the bottom edge, then fix to the card front. 
  3. Stamp the bear and balloon in black ink on white card and trim to 6x8.5cm. Draw a fine border, mount onto Kraft card and attach just right of centre using foam pads. 
  4. Stamp the sentiment onto white card using black ink and attach as shown using foam pads to finish.

Happy Birthday

happy birthday diy teddy bear card

You will need

Method

  1. Create a 12cm square white card blank, fold at the top. 
  2. Trim the bonus red gingham paper to 11cm square, mount onto 11.5cm square red card and fix to the card front. 
  3. Cut a piece of the bonus balloon paper to 5.5x11cm, mount onto red card and fix on the left side. Cut two further strips of the balloon paper to 11x1.5cm, mount onto red card and fix horizontally across the front.
  4. Die-cut a plain circle from white card and emboss using the spots embossing folder. Die-cut a lace circle from red card, layer together and attach onto the card with foam pads. 
  5. Stamp the bear using black ink and colour. Carefully cut out and attach onto the card with foam pads. 
  6. Stamp a sentiment onto white card, mount onto red card and fix below the bear with foam pads to finish.

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