Good morning! It’s time for a new Lawn Fawnatics challenge and, based on last year’s, it is sure to be a super creative and popular one!!
I decided to put my spin on one of my very favorite childhood books: The Trumpet of the Swan, written by E.B. White! E.B. White is probably more famous for Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little (and I enjoyed them, too) but The Trumpet of the Swan was always my favorite! If you’ve never read it, it’s a story about a trumpeter swan who is born without the ability to speak. So he learns to read and write to communicate with humans and later learns to play the trumpet in order to communicate with other swans! It’s a charming and sweet story and I highly recommend it if you’ve never read it! 😉
Anyway, back to the card…here’s the original cover of the book (or at least the cover I remember):
And here’s my card!
The cover of the book actually shows the swan, Louis, as a cygnet when he meets Sam, his human friend. I decided to portray Louis when he’s an adult with his prized trumpet instead. To start I masked off an A2 panel of white cardstock and blended tumbled glass, stormy sky, and chipped sapphire distress oxide ink onto the bottom to create my pond. Then I used the new (and awesome) cloud stencil to create clouds with a blending brush and tumbled glass distress oxide ink! I stamped a sentiment from Beam Me Up onto white cardstock and trimmed it down to a thin label before adhering it to the panel.
Next I stamped images from Swan Soiree, the trumpet from Critter Concert, and the little boy from Mermaid For You and colored them with copic markers before die-cutting them with the coordinating dies. I also die-cut the new Cattail Border twice and colored it with copics. I used the following copic markers:
- Swan: W00, W1, W3, W6, W8
- Lily Pads: G20, G21, G24, G28, RV00, V12, V15, V17
- Grasses and Cattail Greenery: G20, G21, G24, G28
- Catkin: E70, E71, E74
- Boy: E11, E33, E51, B41, B45, B95, N6, N8, 100, N1, N3, N5
Once everything was colored I adhered the cattails to the panel and trimmed off the excess. Then I stamped a few music notes from Critter Concert onto the cloud background. I tucked in the boy and added the lily pads and cattails to the scene. Then I used a craft knife to carefully cut a slit under the swan’s wing and tucked in his trumpet before adhering him to the panel with foam mounting tape. To finish the card I added a little spectrum noir clear sparkle and crystal glaze to the lilies and trumpet!
And now it’s your turn! I can’t wait to see what you create!! You can link up your entries on the Lawn Fawnatics blog! Thanks so much for visiting and have an amazing day!
Tara Prince says
Very sweet card!
Denise Bryant says
Pretty coloring and details! Love the scene you created!
It was great to see how true to the book your card was, I loved all of the little details!
So cute!!!!! Love it! I love how the scene is tied to the book. One a scale of 1-10 you get an 11!