Lace Me Up: Beautiful Bears

 

The Tale of Custard the Dragon

-Ogden Nash-

(Last Verse)

Belinda is as brave as a barrel full of bears,

And Ink and Blink chase lions down the stairs.

Mustard is as brave as a tiger in a rage,

But Custard keeps crying for a nice safe cage.

Beautiful bears made by the artist at OLINSAKVOYAGE.RU have long been among my favorite handmade bears. If I could ever buy one, I would have a hard time choosing. They are wonderful. Instead, I made some lacing cards. I love lacing cards. Children can’t resist them. They are so perfect for a drive in the car, or a wait in an office or a quiet time in church.

These cards have a variety of bears on the backs and the same picture on the front. Believe it or not, there are many steps in making lacing cards. Choose images. Print images. Cut chipboard. Glue images to chipboard. Choose a way to finish the front. Spray with a sealant. Buy or make laces. Punch holes for the laces to go through. Make a bag for the cards to go in.

I used a rubber stamp to put some subtle texture on the top/front of each card. I attached the card ( from Zazzle ) with rubber cement and Washi Tape for an accent. I distressed the edges with a rubber stamp pad and rounded the corners. I thrifted the Where The Wild Things Are monster several years ago. He sits quietly on a playroom shelf and never makes any trouble, except maybe at night when I am asleep.

Here is a quote about the children who lace these cards. I hope the philosopher is right:

“Blessed be the hand that prepares a pleasure for a child,

for there is no saying when and where it will bloom.”

-Jerrold-

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