Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Papercrafts are a hoot!

So for the recent Pet Swap, my partner requested something papercrafted as the part of the package that was going to her.  I freaked out a bit because I don't do that much papercrafting, and then began to peruse my wist and hers for inspiration.  Low and behold (as usually happens), I was struck, and combined an applique she had on her wist and a papercraft to come up with this little owl.

He was made by using a craft knife to cut away at the pattern (I enlarged and printed off the one on her wist) and then cutting strips of paper to go behind the cut-outs.  I think he turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.  :)

The multicolor paper is from a magazine.  I tried for natural colors, but I know there's no owl on earth with bluish green wings and stomach.  Ssshhh, let me live in my little world, will you? ;)

My partner says she likes him too, which is a relief.  I'd be sad if the little guy wasn't used in his new home.  I'm considering making one of him for myself, too, but it took a couple hours and I likely won't put that much effort into something just for me.  (And why is that?)

My other foray into papercrafts was for the Secret Santa Swap this past Christmas.  My partner said she loved the Island of Misfit Toys, and so I came up with this chunky house (a certain size paper with 3-D effects on it.)

I tried for the same cheesy claymation feel for the "mountains" in the background and made the ground a bit "snowy" with some silver ink from an ink pad.

Then there's the ragdoll (her head is a wooden button and her hair is embroidery floss), the pink elephant (whose trunk was 3-D), and the Charlie in the Box (whose head is again a wooden button and whose hat has real fur on it, and little beads for the bells around his neck).  They're the three most memorable toys, in my opinion, and they were fun to make.

The back was much the same - most mountains with a little sign about misfit toys. (Sorry the mountains are hard to see.)

I've not done much else with papercrafts.  It's not that I don't want to, but my visions rarely turn out well in reality. ;)

I'd like to get more into ATCs, but I don't think I have quite the creativity for that.