Dads and Grads – Oh My!

Hello, my Stampin' Friends!

Gosh, it's been a busy time around here; what about at your home?

You may know already, but my eldest son just graduated from high school, so we've had a lot of things going on for that, and of course Father's Day was just last weekend, so  we had a dual purpose celebration at our house!  It's always wonderful to get together with family and friends, especially to celebrate the good things in life ๐Ÿ™‚

So, I thought I'd share with you the cards I gave to the guys in my life – my husband, Dad and brother, and of course the graduation card I made for our son.

First off, let's see the Father's Day cards; this one is a punch art card I made for my husband – don't get the wrong idea, he's not a big drinker (hardly at all, in fact), but it's really difficult to come up with ideas, sometimes – especially since I had made so many other cards, for sale, that he had already seen!

Isn't it cute?!  I used the sentiment from the 'Happy Hour' stamp set, which worked perfectly!

The background is retired 'woodgrain' designer series paper; the 'mug' is a piece of Whisper White card stock, and I cut 3 strips of So Saffron card stock, and rounded the corners to make it look like there was beer in the mug!  The handle is part of an Oval punched from Whisper White, and the bubbles are different sized Whisper White punched circles, sponged around the edges with So Saffron ink.  They're all adhered with a combination of glue dots, glue stick and dimensionals, to give it a real '3D' look.

This next card is one I made for my Brother; it uses  a retired stamp called 'King of the Grill' – I just had to use it, because my brother really IS 'King of the Grill'!  Seriously – dinner at his house usually means he is bar-b-queing, and we all love it ๐Ÿ™‚

He doesn't get quite as carried away as the fellow in the stamp, but he does enjoy his BBQ!!

This is quite a detailed line stamp, so I stamped it in StazOn Black onto water colour paper, and used my ink pads and Aqua Painters to colour it all in.  Both sentiment stamps are from the same King of the Grill set.

I wanted something special for my Dad's card; he enjoys a good funny card as much as anyone else, but he also appreciates some sentiment on ocassion ๐Ÿ™‚  So for him, I used my new acquired brayer skills, and the 'Lovely as a Tree' stamp set to create his card.

What do you think?  If you haven't tried using a brayer yet – you must try it, now!!  Seriously – I'm in love with the technique (though I'm still learning), and the effects that you can create.  If you want to learn from the best –  no, I don't mean me! – please check out Michelle Zindorff, who I think is just the Queen of brayer skills – in fact, I bought her 2 Beginning Brayer video tutorials from her HERE.  Even if you don't purchase her tutorials (though I don't know why you wouldn't!), check out her work – it's phenomenal!

For my son's graduation card, I wanted to make something that would remind him of his commencement ceremony – you know, when they grads all get their diploma, and any awards they may have earned.  We are super proud of what he has accomplished in his high school years, and the wonderful young man he has become.  We were even thrilled to find out that he has so far earned 2 scholarship bursaries for his post secondary studies!

His school colours are black, burgundy and gold – I decided to stick with the black & burgundy for his card.  And he did get to keep his cap, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope you had a good weekend, too, and any celebrations were a lot of fun!  This coming weekend is another special event; my step-mom's 80th Birthday! So I have to get to work on her card, now!  I'll share it with you when I'm done – I'm pretty sure she doesn't follow my blog, so it won't be a spoiler!

Until next time – happy stamping!

 

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