PPA 98 Hops for Father's Day

Happy Father's day to my wonderful husband Chris.  He is the very best father that I know and we all love him bunches!  Chris is a big Craft Beer fan.  His hobby is brewing beer and has gone so far as to plant his own Hop plants, which he uses in his beer.  When I was thinking about what type of card to make him, I immediately thought about incorporating his hobby into the card.  Here is what I came up with:

I attempted to make paper hops, and boy was it difficult!  I ended up using the Build a Blossom punch with the smallest two punches in old olive, then crumpled, separated, and sponged them with garden green.  I just layered them on top of each other for that comb look.  I am not thrilled with how they turned out, but I think they look enough like a real hop to get the idea.

I used two great tools for today's card, the PPA 98 sketch and my color coach.  Both items helped me along great.  The sketch was perfect, and the colors Garden Green, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, and Old Olive are just right for a masculine card.

Here is a picture of a real hop plant and it's leaves.  It is actually a vine and are very pretty and delicate.  Nature is the prettiest, and is hard to duplicate.

This is a 5x5 card, I crimped my garden green DSP from the Patterns DSP stack and layered it on a piece of garden green CS.  The more mustard square is embossed with the big shot and square lattice EF.  The hops and leaves are made with the build a blossom punch, and the sentiment is the retired Something to Celebrate stamp set, stamped in very vanilla craft ink and punched out with a large oval punch.  A very CAS card that showcases the hops.  So what do you think?  I love to read your comments, so please leave them!  Enjoy.


Kelly Wentling said…

This is awesome, so original, so clever!! I love your card and actually thought I was looking at real hops until I read further down. I think this is great and especially for your hubby. So cool!
Linda Fisher said…
Very creative Sandie. I know your husband was very proud. You did an outstanding job!!!
Margaret Moody said…
Wow! What a great job, Sandie! You hops plant looks wonderful! Love the colors and the mix of texture and pattern on the card too! Super job! Thanks for sharing!
Great hops card! So creative!!! Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.
Anonymous said…
Nice card it looks real, I have a hops vine planted:)
Dr Sonia S V said…
such a lovely and personal card.
Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
Mary Fish said…
Really creative card!

Hugs, M
Jodi said…
Very creative idea. My husband is an avid beer brewer also & we also have hop vines growing. I'm sure your husband loved the card!
Patti Willey said…
Great job trying to duplicate his hobby into yours! I know my husband is proud of everything I make, and supports my hobby. This is a way for you to give back to him!

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