kristin chapman

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Fun With Owls Part 2: An Illustrated Owl

Invitations © creativebleedThe day may have ended with the owl felt toy favors but they began with this little invite to set the tone of the party. The invites were designed in Illustrator and printed out as a 5x7 photograph (jpeg). I use this method often for personal invitations/greetings because it is an easy way to get great color on a short run quickly for a good price. The owl was illustrated by hand first and then brought into illustrator. I added the lines for texture and to mimic a wood grain. I carried the lines over the photograph to blend the image with the content.

Paper Owls © creativebleedI used the illustrated owl in the invite and made color pages for the kiddos to color at the party. You can download the owl color page here.

Owl Party Banner © creativebleedUsing brown card stock and the owl from the color pages as a template I cut out owl shapes and strung them on twine for a banner. I embellished them by gluing old font catalogs, scrapbook paper and paper bags to make the owl’s feature. I used a circle punch for the eyes as well as googly eyes for the little owls...what can I say I happen to have a bag of them! k