Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Rupert the Bear Card - Fathers Day Card

I didn't think I was ever going to finish this card, talk about not knowing when to stop :o\
Well this card features the one and only Rupert the Bear, not many outside of the UK will probably know who this little chap is. He's a character that was created in 1920 by Mary Tourtel an English artist, for the Daily Express newspaper and when she retired the job of continuing the adventures of Rupert were passed over to Alfred Bestall. So successful were the stories in the newspaper that the first Rupert annual was produced in 1936. There have been 5 artists that have in succession continued the stories of Rupert, and all artists were carefully chosen to keep the drawing style of Rupert faithful to Mary Tourtels' style. The stories are STILL being published in the Daily Express and the Annuals are still being produced and my Dad collects them. The oldest original Rupert Annual that he has is 1964, but he has got some Rupert Facsimile's which are limited edition faithful reproductions of the original annuals. My Dad says these are some of the best fantasy stories he's ever read. Rupert is really a children's character, but I would say his biggest fans are all adults, you can see that when you try to buy an older annual, the prices these go for in auction are phenomenal, even the facsimile's can go for as much as £200 - £300 !!! Anyway that's the end of the history of Rupert for those who didn't know, so here's the card...

Card size - A5 - 21cm x 14.8cm
Card used - Stardream pearlescent card "Mars Red" and "Antique Gold" and to mount the front pictures and sentiment Colorplan "Bokhara Red".
The striped paper is a picture from the web which I coloured alternate lines with Marvy DecoColor Liquid Gold pen.
Martha Stewart Embossed Diamond edge punch.
Cuttlebug D'Vine Swirl embossing folder.
Nestabilities Labels 2 and Large Ovals.
Martha Stewart Frond punch. The leaves were scored with a very fine embossing tool to make the veins.
EK Success Retro flower punch (smallest one). The flowers were moulded with a Leone Em Shapemate so the petals didn't lie flat.
Cuttlebug "Frills" Border embossing folder set.
All Rupert pictures scanned from my Dad's Rupert Annuals.
The verse is from The Quote Garden.
Because I've waffled on enough I haven't gone in to to great a detail as to how I made the card, but if you see something and you'd like a bit more of a description feel free to email me, I promise I won't bite :o)
Now I'm off to make a box for it, so take care & keep smiling


Wildärtan said...

Such a beautiful, beautiful card! The layout, the lyrics - all of it! I'm so glad to have you talented woman at my blog list!!!

Raisa said...

Oh I know him!! He's adorable as Your card! I don't know if I remember him from books or is it possible that he was in TV when we were kids, but yes I do remember him and his friends, I think we called him Roope.
And You made such a wonderfull card with him, you're dad must be very happy when he receives this. It's one in a million


Raisa said...

Thank You again Ann! No, I haven't done any watercolouring or painting. This much colouring has demanded a lot of practise and lot of spoiled pictures, so maybe some day I feel ready and strong enough to try ;)
In our calender we have names for every day, so allmost all people have a name day to celebrate, some celebrate it like birthday, but most of people barely remember when they have their nameday ( as me) Anyway, when ever I notice from my calender that someone I know has a nameday, I will send her/him a card to congratulate.
Todau we have Urho celebrating his nameday, unfortunately I don't know anybody by that name.