This is the first Lemur Card Critter I made:
But then Jennie sent me this adorable chap:
As you can see, not only is he double-sided, but every ring on his tail is hinged to move AND look at how she has cut out all those bits of spiky fur individually.
Suddenly my efforts started to seem a little pitiful. It was back to the drawing board.
So how does one go about making a Card Critter? This is what I learned from Els's tutorial:
Firstly, draw out the critter you want to make.
Then I traced out each piece (ie: forearm, lower arm, hand, etc) onto a piece of acid free photocopy paper. Outlined them in sharpie and cut them out, before glueing them onto card. Then I cut that out. To do the back side, I glued pieces of paper onto the rear of the card, before cutting it out, so as to get the size exactly right. I lined up the parts, colouring them at this stage. To do the body, I used two different pieces of card, sandwiching the tail and head between them. As with the paper, I trimmed the second using the first as a guide. Where possible, I used the same brad for as many bits as I could. This means that I didn't end up wasting brads, and also the critter did not look too cluttered.
Here's the completed lemur:
As you can see, he can manage a fair number of poses!
He uses 11 brads and has 14 moving parts.
Next up was a raven. Now I'm onto my third and starting to feel a bit more confident, so I decide to do something really clever. I want to make his wing open. Easier said than done? Definitely!
Firstly, here is the raven's sketchwork:
Here he is in all his glory:
He has 15 moving parts, using 10 brads (one of which holds the wing in place and does not allow movement).
Next I shall be making an owl.