Thursday, April 8, 2010

March Illustrator Blog Hop and Challenge

This month for our Gina K Illustrator Hop, Gina challenged us to use the new sets to create a card inspired by a favorite children's book. Well there are LOADS of wonderful tales to choose from, the hardest thing was just narrowing it down to one, the illustrations in my books growing up were my biggest inspiration to draw, plus a whole childhood of stories, oh my!

I could never name just one favorite, but my children loved the bright hand cut illustrations of Eric Carle and one of his books with a beautiful message is "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and it was very appropriate for my set this month, and I thought of a fun spin on some of the book's design elements to try, thank you Theresa for reminding me of this classic! ;) (that link has a very nice video of Eric Carle talking about the book and how it came together)

I did a plain white base with a side fold , just like the design of the board book we have. I kept the front simple and added the caterpillar from "A Year of Leaves" and punched holes along the bottom, like the chewed holes in the book as the caterpillar gets bigger, and bigger. The "A Beautiful Life" sentiment prompts you to open the card to finish reading...
and reveal this intricate looking pop up, very reminiscent of the book's final page, with the glorious pop out butterfly the caterpillar became! (Have you all read this book?) Although it is a very literal interpretation of the book, I think the design works very well as just a stand alone card!

To begin I folded a piece of card stock in half then trimmed out a large and small wing, one side of the butterfly, to make it symmetrical when opened. If you are interested I can add a template on my blog for this!

Next I stamped the " A Beautiful Life" butterfly all over it to create this pattern. At first I planned to do some masking , but then decided to just have them overlap, I like the look (and it was easier) it also gave some pretty overlapping opportunities to change the colors like holding different panes of colored glass up the light, see below.

Here it is colored with Copics. I did very little blending, just a rainbow of colors with a light and dark shade of each hue. I aslo added traced the veins in the wings with glitter pens, wish you could see how they sparkle in real life!

Then I scored the butterfly in the center and then in the middle on each remaining half, fold the body toward you (mountain fold) and then press the center of the wings back with the wing tips coming toward you (valley fold). Add adhesive just outside each of these two outside scores, line up the score in the middle of the butterfly with the score in the middle of your card, and press the butterfly down flat so the wings will attach. The wing tips will be free also. This fun design allows the butterfly to flap as you open and shut the card.

Here you can see it again, I added some little adhesive crystals for antennae into the card's middle.


I also made some little earrings and charm bracelet to go with! You can find these little crystal bracelets at Hobby Lobby for just a few dollars, already made, charm ready! Stamp the butterfly several times in Black Stazon onto Polyshrink, color the BACK side with Copics (so as not to smear the ink) cut them out, and punch a hole to add the jump ring.
After adding the jump ring, hold the ring with a stylus tip or tweezers and heat to shrink. I love the size this particular image shrinks down to, so sweet, not too small not too big, just right for little charms and the little delicate details still show up so nicely.

If you haven't already, stop
by GinaK's Blog for more information on tonight's Challenge Hop
Upload your creation to STV using any of the the following stamp sets with the keyword APRILBOOK.

To keep the inspiration going, check out these GinaK Designer's joining in on the hop tonight:

31 comments:

catdidit said...

Oh wow Mel! LOVE that pop out butterfly! And that bracelet and earrings...omg, love them too!

Tina Gilliland said...

OMGosh.. LOVE it!! Great take on the book!!

Lagene said...

Fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial for the pop out butterfly!

Cammy said...

OH WOW! This is just gorgeous! Love the book and what a fantastic idea with the butterfly! I'll have to give that a try and the matching necklace & earrings are gorgeous!

Jennie said...

Wowzers Mel! Love the inspiration book and your take on it is so MELANIE!!! Very creative and love the jewelry. Great job. Also, just got my CardMaker issue and you are ALL over it, congrats!!! Just love seeing so many amazing projects of yours in there. :o)

Theresa Momber said...

WOW! This is a knock your socks off project, Mel! Amazing!

MaxineD said...

This is just beautiful - thanks for the instructions re the butterfly.
My family loved this book too, and I loved reading it to them - repeatedly!!

Betty Neville said...

Wow Melanie! I love this! Your butterfly is totally gorgeous and the matching bracelet and earrings are beautiful!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh cauuuteness to the MAX!!!!!!!! OMGosh that butterfly is amazing!!!!! And I sooo remember reading Eric Carle books to my kiddos when they were little!!!

NinaB said...

Melanie, these are amazing. I love the jewelry, esp. Brilliant ideas!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Fabulous creations, Melanie! I love the sparkly pop-up butterfly card and the jewelry is beautiful and so creative!

Linda said...

WOWZERS! That's some card. SUPER!!

Donna said...

What a great card, Melanie! I love it! Have a wonderful weekend!

Maria Levine said...

Wow that is fabulous! LOVE the pop up butterfly and that jewerly set rocks!

Tami Mayberry said...

very cool!!

Ree Donnelly said...

Melanie, I am crazy for this card!! LOVE it!

Ree Donnelly said...

PS: Yes, I would love to see a template! Thank you so much!

Janice M said...

Wow!! What a cute bracelet and earring set!! Love how the butterfly pops out of your card too!

Katherine said...

Amazing! I love your butterfly card.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

TALK ABOUT AMAZING! WOWWOWOWOWOWOW! This card ROCKS:) Love how creative you are! TFS:)

Juli Smith, SU! Demo said...

Awesome Melanie!

Lori said...

Jaw on the floor, fabulous!!!! Your card is absolutely a perfect interpretation of the book, I love it. What a cute idea to make the bracelet and earrings to go w/ it.

Sandra said...

beautiful!
Sandra

JKB said...

What a beautiful idea. I vote for a template of the butterfly! Thanks for sharing your ideas.

Sue W said...

Amazing card! Beautiful project thanks!!!

joy said...

Love the bright vibrant colors of your happy feeling card!

Joan said...

Gorgeous card - love all of those butterflies!!!

Anita said...

Wow! This is amazing! A perfect card to show this book.

stephanie said...

Wow, amazing.

Deebi27 said...

This is so wild that I checked the blog out tonight. I'm a Pre-K teacher. We were given the board book of The Very Hungry Caterpillar from TMMI (Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana)president and his wife last week. I was given the charge of recreating my 6 favorite pages of the story as part of a thank you gift to the Mr and Mrs Oi. My class is making tissue sun (with ribbon rays), fruits, other goodies, fat caterpillar, cocoon and of course a butterfly. I can't wait to see the finish projects tomorrow. I love your idea of the butterfly and the book is a staple in my childrens book collection. Eric Carle is a absolute classic in early literacy for children.

Trena in Naperville said...

How adorable Melanie!! You have such great ideas and tips!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!