Monday, March 31, 2008

Mark of the Clones

I have a whole series of interesting paper crafts lined up for you, and thought I would start with a basic one that is easy to do, but looks great.

This would be ideal for younger children to make - it will help build confidence and get them interested in further paper crafts.

Bookmarks are a staple of simple classroom activities, and yet can be personalised enough to be great gifts, and quite frankly, who wouldn't want their books protected by the Grand Army of the Republic?

Firstly, I began by drawing the head and upper torso of a clone trooper. You'll notice that when I inked him in I changed some of the ratios, and only finished one side.


I could then scan this initial drawing and clean it up.


I then cloned (appropriately enough) the one half of the trooper, flipped him over and attached him together, filling in any missing bits.
(All done in Photoshop)


I then erased the features from the front, and drew the back of his head, plus the back plate. This ensured that the outline would be identical.


Next up, I attached the clones to standard bookmark templates, making them 7 inches tall and 2 inches wide.


I then used Photoshop to color in their helmets (although you could color them by hand if you wish).


I printed the bookmarks on thin, 65lb card stock and cut them out carefully. You'll notice I cut them out differently. I used small scissors and a steady hand to carefully cut out the red clone, but smaller children might want to use a simpler cutout shape, as with the blue clone.


Once the two halves were glued together, they looked really good and felt quite sturdy - good for a clone trooper.

And here they are being put to good use.


You might want to further protect your bookmarks with laminating film, and you could also add a personal message or a name to them - the galaxy's the limit!

Have fun!

** Feel free to contact me if you would like a PDF of the clone trooper bookmark templates**

44 comments:

José Fiúza said...

Hi.

Nicely done clones. One of our club members even wrote about this work of yours on our SWCP club's blog.

Take care!

daytrancer said...

Can I please have the file so I can print out those bookmarks? They look great....Thank you in advance....

Christopher said...

Hello there!

Well done!
I would like to receive the PDF files so I can print it...

Thank you in advance!

Honeymoon said...

These are fantastic. Just planning my son's Star Wars birthday party and would love the PDF of the bookmarks.

Unknown_classmates said...

Hi. Great work.
I would like to recieve a PDf file of these, amazing, clone bookmarks.
Thanks.

Unknown_classmates said...

By thw way could you send it to this mail: batgustavo@gmail.com
That would be glad! :)

Graybacca said...

Great job!!! i love there look Could you please send the PDF file so i may print them. to here CaptainTal@mailinator.com

Davina said...

I am a mom trying to plan a cool party for my 7 year old. I would love to use these bookmarks as favors. could you send me the pdf? Thanks

theConundrumm said...

aye... awesome job... pdf me please oneiroz@dodo.com.au

Faye said...

Hi! These look AWESOME!! Could you please send me the .pdf file? I am planning my son's 7th birthday and I am sure that my husband would love one too! Thank you,

Faye
fdagley@hargray.com

firefly said...

These are great! My 5 year old son loves Star Wars/Clone Wars and this would be perfect for his Valentine's Cards. Could you please email the pdf

Thanks! Lynda

lynda@afireflystudio.com

Lou said...

Hi there, very clever! My 5 year old has just started reading longer books and I think these would inspire him to read more! Could you pls email pdf to louisertownsend@yahoo.com.au? Many thanks!

jamie said...

Hi - My 6 year old is devastated b/c we mistakenly returned his Star Wars bookmark to the library inside a book. Getting a copy of your pdf file would make his day!! Can you email it to jamieclark18@hotmail.com? Thanks so much!

Faye said...

I never got a response or had the .pdf file emailed. I did copy the photo from the web site and saved it as a jpeg image. Then I played around with the size and printed them out. My son helped cut them out and we pasted them together. They turned out pretty good. Thank you for such an awesome job!

katek said...

these bookmarks are awesome! may i have the pdf file for my son? thanks in advance.

Gina said...

Great job. May I please have a copy of the pdf file so I can make for my son's 6th birthday?

lizzie said...

I would love to have a pdf of your bookmarks. I work in a high school library and I think the boys (and some girls)would love these.

The moster said...

can i have the pdf sent 2 mackenzie43040@hotmail.com please so i can print them. thanks in advance!!!

Kathy said...

I'm planning my soon-to-be 7 year old son's Star Wars birthday party and would love to get the pdf of the bookmarks. My email is vahoward@verizon.net. Thanks....Kathy

Elisa said...

Hi there! This is so cool! Could I get a copy of the bookmark PDF? My 6 y.o. son needs to bring into school 100 of something he is passionate about. And there is nothing he loves more than books and Star Wars... so your bookmark would be perfect! eninosears@gmail.com

Noreen said...

Hello. :) That's very awesome. If you don't mind, can I have a pdf file copy? It'll be very great. :D Thank you so much! :)

daffmac said...

I would love the PDF for the bookmark. I am hoping that my star wars loving son will want to read more with this as a book mark.

Jolene said...

I would love to have the PDF file! My son loves these! Thanks so much!

Ginger said...

These are so great!!! My son's 6 birthday is coming up and he would love these, can I get the pdf please? THANKS SO MUCH!!!!
ginger@mickwhelan.com

michelle said...

Hi, Is it too late to ask for the pdf file? I would love to make these for my sons! Thanks
email.michelle@yahoo.com

dann said...

Oh please, i would also like the pdf file!! They look so great!
dannzing@gmail.com

mom22tikes said...

These Are awesome! Planning to use them for my son's birthday party. Would you please email the PDF file to tesiak@msn.com ? Thanks in advance.

MKalashnikov1947 said...

Hi, these are amazing. Can I get a copy of the pdf to dahal.martyn@gmail.com please?

kathleen said...

These are sooo awesome! Can you send the pdf template to info@artsandlearning.com

TIA

Matheus Lopez said...

It looks so great!! I would like a pdf template too. Could you email it to matheus_edge@hotmail.com, please? Thanks in advance!!

Famille Valiquette said...

Please, can you send me the pdf to print and make the bookmarks? I,M an 11 years old SW fan and these bookmarks are awesome! Than you in advance,

Levis Cote
email: valeriepaquette@me.com

Famille Valiquette said...

Please, can you send us the PDF file for the SW bookmarks? My 11 years old son is a Sw fan and wants to make these awesome bookmarks. Thank you in advance and keep the good work!

famille.valiquette@gmail.com

Famille Valiquette said...

Please, can you send me the pdf to print and make the bookmarks? I,M an 11 years old SW fan and these bookmarks are awesome! Than you in advance,

Levis Cote
email: valeriepaquette@me.com

Alex said...

They are awesome!! Can I please have the PDF, please!!
alex_llvc@hotmail.com

Hart Nen said...

HI OBB,

Could you please send me a PDF of the book marks? My star wars crazy niece is getting married and i want to have the kids at the wedding color them in. please send to Hartnen@yahoo.com. thanks!

Gamer3186 said...

Love your work! Could you please send the PDF file to m_rassia@hotmail.com ? Thanks!

Christina Dugan said...

these are great! I'd love to get the pdf, too! thebookymom@gmail.com

CJM said...

My oldest son would love to have these as bookmarks can you send the PDF

CJM said...

My oldest son would love to have these as bookmarks can you send the PDF

Liza Springgate said...

My son's 5th birthday is coming up and he loves clone troopers. Can I please have the PDF?

Liza Springgate said...

My son's birthday is coming up and he loves clones. Can yo please send me the PDF for this great project?
Thanks!

Joshua Hayward said...

i want that, go to:
http://youtu.be/uFgrXQO_02k
and email the link and send it to me!

Joshua Hayward said...

i want that, go to:
http://youtu.be/uFgrXQO_02k
and email the link and send it to me!

Kris Baker said...

Can I have a pdf of your bookmark? My elementary students will love it.
Thanks

kris.baker@fieldlocalschools.org