Monthly Archives: July 2015

Tri-Fold Shutter Card

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I made this tri-fold shutter card by following the video tutorial of TheMadStamper on Youtube.

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This is what the card looks like from the top.  It’s all about folding. There’s not much gluing in the card itself (except to apply the decorative paper), so I really like that.

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When you decorate the card, make sure to leave some empty rectangles to write greetings. Plan carefully: some greetings will show when you close the card (see next photo).

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This is what the card looks like when it’s closed. The central card (pale grey) could hold a main greeting.

I thought this card could be used to make an interesting zine. Maybe I can even put some of my comics on the panels.

 

Pom-Pom Pet Dog

During my visit to Victoria, B.C., I purchased a pom-pom pet kit at Munro’s Books. Since I started to crochet last year, I thought it would be fun to learn how to make a decorative pom-pom while making some cute creatures.

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Making a pom-pom is actually pretty easy. The kit comes with two donut-shape pieces of cardboard. Wrap the yarn around the cardboard donuts. Cut with scissors around the circle. Tie up. Cut out excess yarn to make a round shape. Your pom-pom is done.

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To make a dog, you’ll need one pom-pom for the head. One pom-pom for the body.

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Glue the nose and the eyes. Cut out two ears and a tail. Tie up a ribbon.

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Your pom-pom dog is ready!

I had to admit I had a lot of fun doing this craft project.  Pom-Pom Pals is suitable for ages 7 and up.  Created by Laura Clempson. Produced by Silver Dolphin Books18.95$US, 24.95$ CDN

All love letters are ridiculous

Today’s assignment from DS106 is “What the font: take typographical elements (perhaps even the words of a story) and bring them to life.”

After reading a participant’s blog that she used imagechef for this assignment, I decided to give it a try. There were different shapes to chose from (butterfly, sun, raindrop…) When I saw the shape of an envelop, I immediately typed in the text box “All love letters are ridiculous”, which comes from a poem by Fernando Pessoa.

This is the result:

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Using imagechef.com was pretty easy. If you are not satisfy with the way letters are arranged, you can hit the Rearrange button to try again. Lucky for me, I liked the first version.

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What would frighten me at night outside my window

As part of the DS106 online course on digital storytelling, I tackled my first visual assignment which was to “visualize what would be your greatest fear outside your window at night.”

For me, it’s not zombies or Vampires, but the awful sight of a neon sign flashing outside my window that would horrify me and keep me awake all night. And, on top of that, if the sign said “SALE” (since I’m so “anti-consummerism”) that would probably drive me insane.

I’ll always remember the scene in the movie Big where Tom Hanks enters an awfully small hotel room in a bad neighborhood of NY city. It’s tiny, dirty, there are gunshots outside and people screaming. I’m not sure if there was a neon sign or not, but I remember thinking the only thing that would make this room worst would be a neon sign outside the window.

So here’s my worst fear outside my window at night:

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The photo is from the web (labelled for reuse with modification) and since I recently did some animated gif for Old Pond Comics, it wasn’t too hard to remember how to do it in Photoshop. Here’s a screenshot of the creation process:

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I love animated gifs and hope to do more.

Odds and ends (ink drawing)

I recently came back from the Digital Summer Institute (DHSI 2015) – where I took 2 courses in electronic literature – all pumped up and ready to dive into digital storytelling.

I decided to register to the online course DS106 and soon proceeded to do the first daily task for July 5 which was an ink drawing of “odds and ends” around your house.

Tasks are not supposed to take more than 15-20 minutes, so I quickly drew the birds that sit on my television.  As I drew the bird cage (created by my father and decorated by my mother), and the two birds – a cardinal and the loon (both birds sing if you press their belly and were purchased on camping trips), I realized I often looked at these birds, when I’m sitting at a nearby computer, or when I’m a writing, or thinking. The TV is shut off most of the time so these birds are where I rest my gaze during the day.

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