Thursday, July 21, 2011

Getting creative with the Hubs

So earlier this month my Hubby tells me he'd like to get in to scrapbooking and "do what I do" ... What the February?? He wants to be "creative"?? This is awesome!!! So we checked out this months class calendar at the Paper Niche and decided on two classes we'd like to take. The first was the Stamp of the Month class featuring the Inky Antics HoneyPOP Collection taught by Jean. It was great, we had to opportunity to make two cards using the Inky Antics HoneyPOP stamps, honeycomb tissue paper pads and Copic markers. I still can't get over how interested the Hubs was about the class, and Jean is an excellent teacher very patient, especially when we were running behind and had to switch trays with our other class mates.

These were the first set of cards we made. Mine is the one on the right which was like the sample Jean had presented, the left one is Hubby's he was creative and chose a different color for the frosting. We used the Copic sketch markers to color in the cupcakes, cherries and the chickie birds. We had never used Copics before, ( I know hard to believe cause I work at the Niche) but it's true I tried to resist the temptation of adding yet another tool to the arsenal of creativity. Jean's one class has me hooked so needless to say I'll have to invest in a few. I digress...

These are the insides of our cards, mine is the one on the top, I over achieved and added a little highlight to the cherry on top. The Inky Antics rubber stamp sets have all the images you need to create these adorable cards. In the set of stamps are the patters to cut the honeycomb paper to create the center cupcake. As Jean showed us we had to make sure we line up the stamp a certain way to ensure when the cards are opened the honeycomb paper opens the right way creating the effect of a frosted cupcake with a cherry on top.

The second cards we made, which truth be told had us hooked to take the class, were these ever so cute monkey cards. Since almost everything we have for the baby is monkey themed we're always on the lookout for any and everything monkey. We made these cards the same as before using the Inky Antics HoneyPOP collection, the honeycomb paper and Copic markers. This second time around we were "pros" and delved a little deeper into what we could create with the stamps and coloring with the Copics.

So the left side is the Hubby's and the right is mine, his own was more like Jean's sample and I got a little more confident with the Copic markers. You can tell by the close up that I added some rosy cheeks and by using a darker brown added some shadows by the monkey's ears and under his chin. The inside is where we had the most fun...

The Hubs had the brilliant idea of saying "Why don't we add falling bananas since the monkey looks like he's shaking the tree"!!! I knew I married this man for a reason!!! In the stamp set were individual bananas and leaves we configured them on our acrylic block and stamped away. After all it was a Stamp of the Month class. The Hubby's is on the top by this time he already glued in his tree so it was hard to stamp around it. I of course had to over achieve again, mine has more leaves and bananas since I had not glued my tree in to place when he had his masterful idea. We colored in the leaves and the bananas with the Copic markers. Our class mates were impressed with the idea of adding the additional leaves and fruit that one even took a picture of our cards. We were very happy to have taken this class and had the chance to share it with some talented ladies. If you ever have the opportunity to take a class at the Paper Niche I hope you consider one of Jean's Stamp of the Month classes. Thanks again Jean! I'll blog about the second class the Hubby and I are taking later. Check out the this link to learn more about the Inky Antics HoneyPOP collection.

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