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The Bear family MDF Plaque by Tracey Collett

Bert & Gert’s latest rubber stamp and mdf range lends itself to so many amazing cards and mixed media projects that it’s very easy to get lost in creating with them, this 8”x8” mdf plaque would make a great gift or an addition to a family home, with it’s cute family of bears. - Tracey Collett

  • General Crafts
  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate

Tools and materials required

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Bert & Gert’s Lions, Tigers & Bears Oh My! Stamp Set
  • Bert & Gert’s Lions, Tigers & Bears Oh My! MDF Pack
  • Bert & Gert’s 8x8” MDF Board
  • Anna Marie Designs Brown Gingham Card stock
  • Pinflair Glue It
  • Glitzcraft Black Acrylic Paint
  • Imagination Crafts Gold Lustre paint
  • Versafine Black Ink
  • Acrylic Block
  • Scissors
  • Paper Flowers & Brads
  • Lace and Ribbon of your choice
  • Sentiment or quotation stamp set
  • Scrap pieces of kraft card stock


This project is using the Bert & Gert’s Lion’s, Tiger’s & Bear’s Oh My! Stamp and coordinating mdf range and also one of their 8”x8” mdf plaque boards. We are working with the bears from the ranges for this design but you could easily use either the lion’s or the tiger’s if you wish.


Using a black acrylic paint ( Glitscraft Plus paints) give the mdf plaque a coat of paint all around the edge, there is no need to paid it fully on the front as we are covering the centre with patterned card stock later on. Paint the reverse of the plaque for neatness to and you may find you will need 2 coats so that it doesn’t look patchy. Allow these coats to fully dry before moving on to adding the gold effect.

To add the gold distress feel to the plaque I have watered down some Imagination Crafts Gold Lustre paint and then using a sponge or your finger rub and distress the black border area (as shown in photo b). Let that dry completely before moving on to the next step.


I have taken a piece of Anna Marie Designs Brown gingham card stock and cut this down to 6 ½ “x6 ½ “ this is the centre section of our plaque design so just make sure it covers the un-painted area. I have given the piece a distressed tatty look by using the side of the scissors and scratching at the edges, this will give you ruffles, scratches and tears as an effect. Next scrunch the cards stock up around the edges too for extra texture. Once you are happy with the distress look, glue it in place using Pinflair’s Glue It glue.


To add further texture and colour to the design I have used a piece of cream crochet lace and some polka dot grosgrain ribbon. I’ve tied the ribbon and knotted it from left to right on the plaque and then double crossed and knotted the lace from top to bottom.


Within the box of Lion’s, Tiger’s & Bear’s Oh My! You will find the larger bear and smaller bear mdf shapes, some of the shapes fit perfectly with the stamp set, find those ones out and just make sure you have them facing the right way around. I have stamped the vine detail stamp onto the mdf using Versfine black ink (you could if you wanted to then add ink detail if you’d like to). Repeat this process on 1 big bear and then on 2 baby bears, once dry stick those down on to your project as shown in photo b.


To finish the project I have used a selection of colour coordinating paper flowers, brads, handmade leaves cut from the kraft card and extra mdf shapes from the set, I’ve teamed them up with a sentiment quote which I’ve stamped on to a scrap piece of gingham card and torn the edges and then added some gold distress detail in the same way as I did on the main base with watered down gold paint and adhered that with 3d foam tape for a raised effect in the top left corner. Play around the composition of the embellishments until you are happy and then stick those down and allow them to dry.


All finished, once it is fully dry you could frame it, attach a picture hanging hook on the back or even prop it on a mini wooden easel for a freestanding piece of mixed media art. This project would look great with the Tiger design and using bronze or orange colour tones or even try a polar bear style with whites and glitter pastes. This is a great versatile project and a great gift idea too.


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