Wednesday, December 29, 2010


My niece Brianna is turning 4 soon.  She adores Dora the Explorer, so I promised her a Dora card for her birthday.  Since Stampin' Up! doesn't have Dora stamps, I decided to try a punch art card for her.  When I googled Dora images to use as a pattern, I found the one below the card.  Genius struck (if I do say so myself)!  The Bear Die would be perfect for Dora!  I just used punch art to turn the bear into Dora.  I can't wait to see Brianna's face when she sees it!

  • Card Stock – Whisper White, Basic Black, Early Espresso, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Retired: Creamy Caramel, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Lovely Lilac
  • Ink – Basic Black Marker, White Signo Gel Pen
  • Ribbon – Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain (#109031, $4.95)
  • Punches – 2" x 1-3/8" (Wide) Oval (#119859, $16.95), 1-3/4" x 7/8" (Large) Oval (#119855, $15.95), Two-Step Owl (#118074, $16.95), Scallop Circle (#119854, $16.95), 1-1/4" Circle (#119861, $15.95), 1" Circle (#119868, $10.95), 3/4" Circle (#119873, $10.95), 1/2" Circle (#119869, $5.95), Tag (#119866, $16.95), Word Window (#119857, $15.95), Eyelet Border (#119853, $15.95), 3/16" Corner (#119871, $6.95)
  • Accessories – Stampin' Dimensionals (#104430, $3.95), 2-way Glue Pen
  • Tools – Big Shot, Scallop Square Die (#115950, $21.95), Bear Die (#117977, $23.95), Bear Essentials Die (#117978, $23.95), Timeless Type Alphabet Dies (#115951, $74.95), Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder (#117335, $7.95), Sponge Daubers, Crop-a-Dile (#108362, $29.95)
Update:  I no longer have this card to look at for directions, but many have requested them.  These are the general punch directions from what I can remember.  Enjoy!

The body is the Bear Die with just the head covered with the Dora Punch Art head.  The clothes were all from the Bear Essentials Die, although the shorts were cut down and shaped from the pants.  The use of the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to shape and emphasis the facial features is crucial. 

Head:  This was either a Wide Oval or an Ornament punch upside down with the top trimmed off.

Hair:   Punch two Wide Ovals and two Large Ovals from Early Espresso. Position the two Wide Ovals on either side of her head as shown.  Cut the bottoms off to look like a bob as shown in the picture.  Overlap the Large Ovals behind the side hair pieces and the head as the "bottom" of her hairstyle.  Then punch a Wide Oval from Early Espresso and trim it down to a little less than half (lenthwise) and make cuts into it to look like the bangs as pictured.  Attach over the top of the head.  After adhering the head to the card, draw in the hair strands with an Early Espresso marker.

Eyes:  Punch a Word Window (it's possible it was a 3/4" Circle) from Whisper White.  Place on a post-it (on the sticky part) and punch the end of it with a 3/4" Circle to end up with the shape shown for the eyes.  Use the side of a Basic Black marker to color the edges black.  After adhering to the head, used the black marker again to go around the white and emphasize the shape of the eyes to match the photo.

Mouth:  Punch a 1/2" Circle from Real Red.  Place on a post-it (on the sticky part) and punch it again at an angle to produce the sliver shown. I can't really explain it unfortunately - you'd have to see it.  Use the side of a Basic Black marker to color the edges black. After adhering to the head, used the black marker again to extend the black lines as shown.

Bracelet:  Punch six of the smallest circles of the Two-Step Owl Punch from So Saffron for the beaded part and adhere to the wrist. Punch a 3/16" circle with the Crop-a-Dile from Tempting Turquoise. With a Tempting Turquoise Marker, draw in six filled in circles around the edge to look like a flower

Backpack:  Punch one Tag punch from Lovely Lilac. Round the corners with the 3/16" Corner punch. Punch two Word Windows from Lovely Lilac for the straps. Wrap them around the arms as shown and bend behind body. Attach the tag punch backpack.

Sock Tops:  Punch one punch length from So Saffron with the Eyelet Border punch. Cut and trim one "scallop" section for each sock top.

Draw the nose and hand lines on the body with a Basic Black Marker.


  1. Marie this is brilliant! I love it!

  2. That is so cool!! You did a great job, it looks just like her!!

  3. Very creative. You did a great job witht he punch art. TFS
    I know your niece will love it.

  4. Absolutely phenomenal!!! What a truly amazing piece of punch art!

  5. Fantastic!! I have a couple of Grand daughter's that would love your card too. Thank's for the inspiration.

  6. Great outstanding card. My friend's granddaughter loves Dora - so I must try to make girl for her birthday which I believe is in February. TFS

  7. You really nailed this!!! It looks just like Dora! I love it!

  8. Oh my goodness thank you so much for the inspiration my beautiful granddaughter is austic and loves Dora she is pretty much non verbal but she can say Dora. I am going to make her for her.
    Thank you so much!!

  9. Thanks for coming up with Dora! My grand-daughter turns 3 in March with a Dora theme and I was stumped for a card! She will love this!


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