Saturday, October 17, 2009

"Swine Flu"--paper (and kleenex) pieceing--à la Mo

Only Mo (of Digital Pencil fame) could make the "Swine Flu" cute!

Swine flu (Mo's Digital Pencil) melstampz

This was a surprise for my poor sweetie who has that big bad piggy bug.

Inside the card says:
"Hope you're squealing much better soon!"
Hopefully, laughter is the best medicine?

My poor fella, he keeps mumbling in a mad fever: "I'm not a piggy!"
This morning he woke me, standing there, asking me:
"What are those dolphins saying?" (whuh!?!) Can you say "FEVER"?
[Answer: They're sayin' "So long and thanks for all the fish!"]

Swine flu (mo's digital pencil) close melstampz

The piggy's housecoat... paper pieced by printing on BasicGrey paper (the digital image is embossed by smooshing on Matte Medium with my hand, printing, & applying embossing powder & heat-gunning. Then colouring with green Copic marker.)

Monsieur 'Grippe Porcine' was printed 4 times:
(For the last two printings (to paper piece things), I just used Photoshop
to erase away some of the image to save paper & ink.)

1st-- to make the main image or base (to glue pieces onto)
2nd-- to make the head, hands, and 'pork shoulder' (badoompaaaah) & cut the tissue box & tissue on the left
3rd-- to paper piece the house coat sleeves & belt
4th-- to make 3D sleeves: the sleeves were printed on more patterned paper, cut, & glued on two layers of patterned paper scraps (and the edges were copic coloured to hide the white)

The piggy's PJs...
...are made with a stripey paper free-hand cut into little wee "cuff" pieces and pierced with a needle to detail the cuffs.

Swine flu (Mo's Digital Pencil) garbage pail detail melstampz

The garbage pail was made by:
1-Cutting some Metal Mesh (from the dollar store) & curving it to make a rounded basket
2-Gluing strips of paper (each strip on the front has a matching one on the back for hold)
3-Colouring paper strips with a silver sharpie marker & filling the basket with tissue balls

Here are the little crumpled up tissues:
Swine flu (Mo's Digital Pencil) Kleenex box detail melstampz

If you don't want to mess with layers or sticky bits of kleenex, no problem
Mo's gorgeous image has all the nifty elements in one lovely layer:

  • Swine Flu image from Mo's Digital Pencil
  • Printed on Neenah white c.s.--coloured with Prismacolour pencils
  • BasicGrey Blitzen paper-Velvet Stocking (Pig's housecoat & card mat)
  • Pin striped light blue paper (Pig's PJs & card mats)
  • Kleenex (tissues) & Tombow Monomulti
  • Paper piercer, white thread & a needle
  • scissors & double-sided tape
  • Metal mesh, paper strips, & Tombow (to make garbage pail)
Clickable pics:

Plus, I've been remiss: I haven't properly announced my lucking out &
getting to be on Mo's Dream Team! (I'm happy as a pig in mud!)

There's so much talent here, it'll put a spring in your step &
a happy lil' curl in your tail!:

Mo's DT

Suzanne (team leader)

Mo's Challenge Blog DT
Peggy (team leader)
Elaine Leinhart (no personal blog)

Hope you are as healthy & happy as can be!

P.s. Great minds 'oink alike? ;o) After I started rollin' tissues, I saw my fellow DT member Michelle's gorgeous take on this Flu-y Piggy. Gotta love how she used ribbon for his housecoat tie-Brilliant!

P.P.s. random, but i thought this was giggle-y: MEH-Swine flu


Chelsea said...

cute cute card .... love all of the details!

Cynde said...

This card is too Stinkin Cute! Love all the details. I love pigs, have collected the cute little critters for years, so I am especially smitten with your lovely work on this one Mel....Thanks for the inspiration!!

Annie said...

Just fabulous - love that image.

Ann xxx

Shell said...

Lol were getting blogs mixed up, this is my blog, hugs I like your card better!

Gabriele said...

what a great card!
And you are right, laughter is the best medicine...
This pig is soooo cool!

Wishing both of you all the best

Elaine said...

This is fantastic, Mel!

Hope your husband is feeling better soon!

It's great to see you back with a creation.

Linda said...

Hi Mel, firstly congrats on the DT position and secondly WOW fabbo have rocked that stamp....that card would cheer up anyone down with the dreaded lurgy. Hope your DH is feeling better soon!

Gwen said...

Oh gosh mel! this is just darling!!!! only you could make the flu funky & fun!!!:)

Dawn said...

too stinkin CUTE!! love the robe!! lol...hope your lil piggy does squeal better soon!

Tieva-Design said...

hahaha, I love it....


CreativeMish said...

This is the cutest thing I've seen.. I love Mo's images. I better go look at her new stuff..

Anonymous said...

The dimension on your card is INCREDIBLE!


Anonymous said...

Again... this is brilliant! I am so glad you are felling better. I really missed your e-mails but hope you are taking good care.

SueB said...

Mel, this card is SO STINKIN' CUTE - TFS! ... and thanx for the gins ...
- another Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fan

SueB said...

omigosh, and congrats on the DT post!

Vina said...

Stunning card Mel! Such creativity with the textured robe and realistic trash can! I love it!
Glad to hear that you're feeling better & I hope your DH shakes the bad flu soon!
take care,

Priscilla said...

Adorable Mel, I just had to go right to the site and get this digital stamp. (hoping I won't have the need to use it though!)
Your work is incredible. Thanks for the inspiration. Hope your hubby is feeling better soon and take care of yourself.

Jennifer Scull said...

you did such a marvy job with this cutie! love the different elements you added!!!
congrats on being a member of Mo's team! she is blessed indeed to have you!!! :)

Anonymous said...

you're so right this piggy is cute....nice work and i hope u r feeling better , love lady

Anonymous said...

Mel, I love your style and the fun you share! Congrats on making the DT too! Excited to see more!

Kim Etherington said...

This is awesome. Love all the details.. kleenex, garbage can, housecoat.. cute cute!

Unknown said...

A stunner as per usual! Love all that texture!

Juls said...

this is brilliant! Love the image and how you have done all the tissues! great card, love it!

Elena said...

So happy to see that you are back to crafting, Mel!
What an adorable scene you created! Love all your detailed work to this card!

dshk said...

Just fabulous! love all of the details.

Lauretta See said...

I bought this image just beacause of the way you presented him... with the scraps of tissus .. so cute :))) your card is one of a kind. thanks for sharing,

hugs, xx

hippe said...

Great! The pig is soo nice, i love it. the details are very interesting and beautiful!

greetings from germany

die hippe

Whimsical Wendy said...

Glad you're feeling better - I'm currently suffering with the piggy flu, so your blog has really cheered me up!

Cheers Mel xx

ps congrats on the DT position ;0)

Melanie said...

haha sorry to ehar about about your flu, no fun! my littlest boy and biggest boy(DH) both just got over it

leslie said...

OMG, I MUST HAVE THIS IMAGE! It may be my first digital !!