Ready to play 🙂
Well, I have survived my first real hurricane (Irma), and I am ready to get back to life as normal… which means CARDS CARDS CARDS! And this one was so much fun that I just have to share it. But first, I have to tell you how it all came about.
Now, I know I shouldn’t be using the Owl Builder Punch because it was recently retired, but so many people have this one already that I thought I could be forgiven. You could always make a similar design with the Fox Builder Punch, or whatever critter dies you’ve got. Being relatively new to Stampin’ Up!, this is the first time I really got to play with the owls. And that’s what I was going for – a playful, teenage owl goofing off as his parents look on from a branch above. But the skateboard idea wasn’t mine. Here’s how the first version looked:
I thought Junior was pretty cute just hangin’ around, upside-down. You know, just acting goofy, kind of like Stitch over there on the left. But then I made a huge error in judgement: I asked my husband what he thought. I know, I’m an idiot. Even worse, I listened to him! LOL. He said “I don’t get it? Why is this one upside-down?” I tried to explain, but he insisted that he needed to be “cool”, not goofy. “Put him on a skateboard.” And so, I started over.
Mom & Pop Owl were pretty much okay “as is”, but Junior wasn’t cool enough. So I started with some sunglasses (easy-peasy), and got rid of the silly grin. I tried to give him a black leather jacket (pleather, of course), but it was a complete fail. I couldn’t figure out how to get the collar right. He sort of ended up looking like a priest. (NOT the look I was going for, LOL.) So, I left his outfit alone, and just concentrated on the skateboard. It ended up being very easy. While I used another retired item (Basket Builder Thinlits) to create it, you could very easily come up with something else. It’s basically just a slightly rounded strip, with two circles for wheels. What I want to show is that when you fish around, and use what you’ve got, you find that so many shapes can be used for so many different objects.
This really turned into a very “paper dolls” kind of exercise. (I think I just dated myself.) I just tried to figure out what different shapes would make up each element. The baseball cap is just two circles: the top is a half-circle, and the bill is just a sliver sliced off of a slightly larger circle. I grabbed the branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits set. The various owl outfits (vests?) were just punched from various scraps. (I used an old patterned paper scrap for Mrs. Owl – this is a perfect opportunity to use up a bit of old scraps!) Her bow, and the Mr.’s bow-tie were cut from an old die set I have, but any type of bow or decoration would work here. The glasses – regular for the Mr., and sunglasses for Junior – were super easy. I just punched all the different sizes of circles that are part of the owl punch, in black & white & red. Then I just layered them as needed, gluing them to a thin slice of matching cardstock, and trimmed the edges when it was done.
While I haven’t actually seen any skateboarding owl cards before, I suspect that mine isn’t the first. So much “punch art” on the Net! When in doubt, Google. 🙂 Since this isn’t really a copy, and I must have looked at HUNDREDS of owls before I made this, I will just have to send out a general THANK YOU to all the insanely talented people out there that have shared their ideas, and given me inspiration. Before I wrap this up, here’s one last close-up:
Don’t be afraid to play. The best way to get better at card-making is to just let go of your concern about the final product. If it doesn’t work, oh well – it’s only paper. Believe me – what you see on my blog is rarely my first attempt.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful, playful day!
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