Cardmaking

A Winter Card Inspired by a Picture Book

(This post is part of my Frosty Festivities Blog Event)

This Winter Wonderland card:

A Winter Card Inspired By A Picture Book at Jennifer Grace Creates

Was inspired by a picture book!

I mentioned yesterday about the books I like to re-read in the winter, but there’s also lots of picture books that I pull out each December to read to the kids at bedtime:

*The Nutcraker by David Walker * Mouse’s Christmas Wish by Judi Abbot * Cat on the Hill by Michael Foreman* One Snowy Night by M Christina Butler * The Church Mice at Christmas by Graham Oakley * One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth*

* Santa’s Ark by Cliff Wright * The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg * The Snowman by Raymond Briggs * That’s Not My Penguin by Usborne * The Best Christmas Tree by Peter Haddock Publishing * Spot’s First Christmas by Eric Hill * Winter Story by Jill Barklem *

We also have a pop-up version of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ poem, but it got broken last year, and I’ve put it somewhere ‘safe’ to be fixed, and I can’t remember where the safe place was!

My favourite of these books is the Brambly Hedge Winter Story, about mice who live in comfy homes in the trees, and dig tunnels under the snow to have a Snow Ball in an icy chamber. I remember reading it as a child and really believing in the magic of it! I love this page, where the mice-carved cavern for the Snow Ball is revealed:

So I decided to try and use inspiration from it to make a card.

I used pale colours, and attached zig-zag ribbon at the top to mimic the icicles. The strips of blue snoflake paper that are ¾” wide either side are adhered with 3D foam dots, to look like the colums in the cavern. Finally I added painted wood veneer snowflakes and clear gemstones to echo the twinkles in the picture:

Be Inspired:

Take inspiration from a book page or cover for your next handmade card

Paint some wood veneer or chipboard pieces

Add some columns of paper using 3D foam to a card or layout

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Have you ever used inspiration from a book for a papercraft project?

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29 thoughts on “A Winter Card Inspired by a Picture Book”

  1. Stunning book collection and card inspiration. Took shots of our Christmas books last year and am looking forward to them coming out of the loft in a couple of weeks – just reorganised so that there will be room in the living room.

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  2. I recognise a few favourites there! Love how the illustration inspired your gorgeous card – not sure if I’ve ever consciously done the same, but I wouldn’t be surprised if my subconscious picked up on a book page some time!I did once use a Christmas card to create the page of a minibook, which is kind of the reverse process I guess….

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  3. another brilliant piece of inspiration with so many possibilities! I still have a couple of my kids’ favourite books, although they’re 29 and 30 now (maybe one day they’ll give me some grandchildren to read them to! I recently re-read “the Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton and we used to love Mrs Pepperpot too, and the Borrowers … I feel all warm and cosy now – thanks Jennifer

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  4. What a great idea to get inspiration. I have some favourite books that I bring out at Christmas, they go back to my children’s younger days but they are timeless. I share them with my grand daughters now. Special memories.

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  5. I LOVE Nick Butterworth, his illustrations are wonderful. As a little girl I used to love Brambly Hedge and anything with mice and woodland creatures in especially if it had snow in it!

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  6. That’s a fun card – I love that idea, taking inspiration from a favourite book illustration. We have a stack of children’s Christmas books too, which I always bring out and leave by the fireplace for our smaller visitors. Some of your books above are included in our pile too.

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