Creative Kiddie Crafts – Superhero Costume

My nephew is about to turn two, and he has one of the biggest imaginations I’ve ever seen in a kid his age.  Last year, his obsession was with monsters/Monsters Inc.  This year, he is all about the superheros.  Spider Man and Batman are his favourites, but he kept telling my sister that he needed an “ornange” (aka orange) shirt so that he could be “Super Matthew” – and a birthday idea was born!

supermatthewlogo

I started by designing a “Super Matthew” logo in Adobe Illustrator. The colours were more just a guideline of what it “could” look like.

I ended up going shopping for fabric after creating the logo, and I found some cool orange and mint-green/turquoise based prints that I loved so much! I also dug deep into my mom’s old fabric stash and found some vintage options that were super cool. The vision was definitely coming together in my head.

Now, keep in mind, I don’t really fancy myself a sewer, so this was a bit of a challenge for me.

supermatthewmask I decided to start with what I thought would be the easiest part of the costume – the mask.

I picked out my orange and mint green felt, some matching embroidery floss and ribbon and went to town on making a reversible mask.

I based my work on this tutorial over at slowmama.com that I came across on Pinterest. I didn’t follow it exactly, but I *really* loved the tip about using packing tape to affix the mask to the felt when cutting the pattern – that worked so much better for me than pins!

 

supermatthew_mThe next step was to begin turning the logo I made in Illustrator into a textile version with fabric. This was a bit more challenging than I anticipated, because in graphic design, there are all kinds of tools to help you make straight, precise lines. With fabric, not so much.

I created two versions of the “M” – one for a cape, and one for a t-shirt. They definitely had a bit of a “handmade charm,” but they were pretty good, I thought!  I used fabric glue, rather than sewing the pieces together.
supermatthew_giftI created the cape using this tutorial from The Southern Institute.  It was pretty easy to follow – all I did was buy a large men’s t-shirt, cut off the arms and front, add a velcro closure to the neck, and glue on my logo.  Voila – instant cape!

For the wrist cuffs, I just free-handed them using felt, and stitched on a little M.

And for the t-shirt, I found a shirt that was one size too big for my nephew (so he could wear it for a while) and glued the logo on.  I folded them all up, wrapped them in some blue tissue paper and set them into a reusable box.

supermatthew_card Finally, I created a card using various matching papers and washi tape, carrying through the “Super Matthew” theme.

I also included a Spiderman board book, and an Incredibles book – both of which he was more interested in when he opened up his present!  Oops.  I think my family was more excited about the present than my nephew was… UNTIL my niece decided to put his cape on herself, and he realized exactly what it was that was in his present.  Then, he immediately wanted to put the cape (and the shirt) on, and he ran around the house yelling “FLY!!!” … it was just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

 

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Petting Zoo Party

Petting Zoo Party by Superflash Creative

Back in September, Jennie emailed me and asked if I would work on a party theme for her little guy, Caleb.  Caleb was going to have a farm-themed party, complete with a petting zoo in his own backyard!  I was super stoked to design the invitations, bunting, tented cards and more.  I thought about what best conveyed a “farm” / “animal”/ “country / “petting zoo” theme, as well as something suitable for a little boy.  I came up with red, navy blue and beige as the main colours.  I started by hand-drawing and scanning all the animals.  I drew a cow, sheep, chick, chicken, pig, and rabbit, and after I scanned them in, I coloured them digitally.

Petting Zoo Theme Invitation by Superflash Creative Jennie wanted to incorporate Caleb’s picture into the invitation, so I had her send me a photo, and then I drew some overalls and a hat.  I put them into photoshop and combined them all, and the result was a truly customized invitation that she wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else!  It’s little touches like this that really set invitations apart when your guests receive them in the mail!

There was a lot of information to deliver on a single flat card invitation, so with the top half of the card, I played with the colours and fonts to really convey what the party was all about.  Below the dots, I included all the information that Jennie needed her guests to know, including address, time, food and clothing options.

The “Yay or Neigh” text was Jennie’s idea, and I thought it was such an adorable touch!

A few of the farm animals were placed along the bottom of the invitation.  Between the animals and the bandana graphics on the invitation, party-goers would recognize a lot of the elements from the invitation carried throughout the party with various party printables.

Petting Zoo Theme Tented Cards by Superflash CreativeI created a set of tented cards to be placed on the food table.  The middle was left blank so that Jennie could write in the food options once they were decided.  She chose adorable names like “haystacks” for Rice Krispie Squares and “Chicken Feed” for Chex Mix.  It was super cute!

I actually created 5 pages of Bunting for Jennie – below is just an example of how it turned out.  I did one sheet of the plain bandana print in the 3 colours, a few pages with each animal taking centre stage, and I also spelled out “C-A-L-E-B” using the same font as his name in the invitation.  And of course, the Farmer Caleb picture made an appearance in the bunting too!

Some other elements that aren’t pictured here are a large “3” and “Happy Birthday” with the bandana print that Jennie used as decor and for the centrepieces.  I also included black and white versions of all the animals so that the kids could colour them.  Oh, and of course, there’s a thank you card… but you can’t see that until all of Caleb’s thank you’s get mailed out!

Petting Zoo Theme Bunting by Superflash Creative

I really wish I had been able to attend Caleb’s party. I was told it was a blast for both the kids and adults alike.  And naturally, Caleb thought it was the best party ever!

Photos at this party were taken by local photographer, Rachel Price – hopefully she will have some on her blog soon to share with you all.

Are you interested in hosting a farm party of your own?  Or would you like me to design custom printables for your party?  Float over to my connect page to get in touch with me!

(Linky Party links are also found on the connect page – check that out to see where I’ve partied this week!)