About a week ago I was privileged to hold a workshop for a young man who is his family's resident stamper. In honor of the occasion, we made a little notebook and a boy's birthday card. I thought that I would share those tonight to prove that it really can be simple and that I really don't have to sponge brown ink on everything--just half of the things!
This is a fairly quick card using Power Up and the Builder Bits wheel, the HB from the birthday greetings set, and Happy Everything on the inside. It is Ballet Blue and Real Red--clean primary colors. I used the ticket corner punch to make a place for my brads (which are supposed to resemble nails to a self-respecting boy). The HB is lifted slightly on a dimensional. On the inside we stamped happy in Real Red and birthday in Ballet Blue. I am happy to say that my six-year-old son made one of these successfully! He even punched his own holes for his mini brads and eyed it perfectly. . . Wow!
Our second project was a Give Thanks notebook. (My host preferred a generic fall theme to Christmas.) We used the Give Thanks set to stamp a cover for mini composition books and colored these with watercolor pencils and blender pens. The background is Cheesecloth--the most foolproof background in the book, in my opinion. I wasn't totally happy with the ribbon bisecting the design almost in the middle rather than 2/3 of the way down; but had I placed it under the sentiment, it would have been too low and might not have stayed attached as well. So the rule of thirds flew out the window on this one. Benjamin was also able to do a great job on one of these; I stamped and colored one while he watched, then he did exactly as I told him to on shading. I was amazed that a little guy whose handwriting is admittedly challenged could shade so carefully. I'm pretty sure that stamping nicely mattered to him more than his handwriting does. . . Must be genetic! After he finished and basked in the compliments from parents and grandparents alike, he asked, "Mom, can I stamp with you every time you stamp?" Hmmmm. . .