Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Springtime Piggies Birthday: The Pig Graphic

Over the next week or so, I’d love to share with you some of the crafty elements of my girls’ 4th birthday. The theme was: Springtime Piggies!

I’d always wanted a piggy party for them, but somehow never got around to it. Their 1st birthday was twin cherries, and then we never had a party after that (took that long to recover, I guess!). So I thought I should grab the chance to do my piggy party now, because surely in the years to come it will be Dora, Disney Princess, Tinkerbell, etc.

So I came up with a pig graphic using Picnik to use on their invitations and throughout their birthday decor.

And if you’re wondering about the significance of the pig for me, please read my about page!

Picnik collagepiggy

The muse for these pigs was my girls’ favorite stuffed pigs, aka “The Brown Piggies” (they also have The Pink Piggies, and The Big Pink Piggies, and The Fuzzy Piggies…all given in pairs from family members).

This was Sarah with The Brown Piggies, age 2.5 months. I wondered why Sophie wasn’t in the picture too…


…that’s because at the moment, she was helping Dada wash bottles and pump parts. Ah those were the days.


I used Picnik pretty much in the same way as when I made my Valentine’s Day Lollipop Covers. Those were rectangular but I wanted my pig to be on a square white background so choose the 4 squares and then pick white (which is FFFFF) and click Done which will take you to the next screen. Click the screenshot to enlarge.


Then at the next screen, click the Create tab, and then click on Stickers. Everything you need is in the Geometric stickers (big circle on the left). The face, eyes, snout and nostrils are simply ovals, the back of the ears are squares in the same color as the face, and the front of the ears are two triangles that I flipped over (lower right corner). You just drag to position and enlarge/make smaller with your mouse. You may need to bring things to the front or back by right-clicking. Again, click on the image to enlarge and for more details.


If you’d like to recreate the same piggy, here are the colors that I used for each part, that you would enter where it says Sticker Color (upper right corner). There will already be a code there for black, and you just replace it with the following:

  • Pig face and back of ears: ffd5b6 (peach)
  • Pig snout and front of ears: ff8f22 (brown)
  • Nostrils: 623700 (dark grey)
  • Eyes: 000000 (black)

Then you just click the Save and Share tab, save the file as a .jpg or .png, and you’re done.



Birthday wreath:




And an applique:


I was really surprised how pig-like it turned out. I think the most challenging part to come up with was the ears but the solution ended up being super simple. No, I have not tried to make any other animals! But let me know if you give it a try!

More piggy birthday fun to come. Oink Oink!

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  1. All of the piggie birthday stuff you've made is sooo cute! I love it!

    That first picture is adorable, so small between the two fuzzy piggies!

  2. Aren't you clever! Those are sweet, I bet they were greeted with loads of cheers :D

  3. Oh how gorgeous! The little piggy outfits are adorable - and that birthday wreath is fantastic!!
    Great piggie work!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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