Hi! My name is Carly Tee Minner and I’m super excited to be here today! I love the sweet girls at Honey Bee so much and I’m so thrilled that they invited me to share with you today! In honor of my first post here at the Honey Bee blog, I thought we should focus on something honey-ish so let’s talk about hexagons!
Hexagons are a very versatile shape. They are charming & old fashioned like a quilt your grandmother made, while also graphic & modern like art in your sister’s city apartment. Here are 5 of my favorite ways to use hexagons in my card making…
#1. WITH A SENTIMENT
Shapes are an easy way to “ground” a large die cut sentiment or give weight to a small stamped sentiment. On this card, I did a bit of both. Over a Distress Oxide background, I adhered 3 hexagons together & inked the edges to create a dimensional embellishment. Then I adhered 3 “Thank” die cut words together and gave it a generous coat of Nuvo Drops in Glossy Black before mounting it over a stamped “You”.
TIP: My favorite way to use die cut words is layered and glossed! Because my craft desk is messy and things that need to dry are in constant peril, I loop a piece of low-tack tape onto a large acrylic block, place my layered die cut on top (usually 3 or 4 die cuts adhered together), and then apply the Nuvo Drops or Glossy Accents. I can set the whole acrylic block far from my mess to dry. And any drips of Nuvo Drops fall onto the tape and not onto my project. Win-win!
#2. AS A WINDOW
A hexagon shaped window on a card front is fun and a little unexpected, especially with a bright color peeking out. For this card, I used 3 different sizes of hexagons to create windows and then inside I added a panel painted with Distress Oxide inks and stamped with a sentiment.
#3. AS A MASK
I’m a huge fan of masks and stencils in my cardmaking and Honey Bee has some adorable honeycomb/hexagon stencils but let’s say you don’t have those cool stencils in your collection yet (or you can’t find them on your messy desk…or is that just me?)…well with some masks, or negative masks like I used on this card, you can create some fun patterns. With a small hexagon die, I created a negative mask with masking paper.
#4. AS A SHAKER
Shaker cards are just cool and I think they are extra cool when the shaker opening is a fun shape. ‘Nuf said right?! I used the Hexagon Stitched Stack first on white cardstock (I left the dies together to make it easy to create the big pattern) before cutting a small-ish hexagon from the middle. Another Distress Oxide background under my shaker, Bokeh Lights Confetti sequins and layered & glossed word completed my card.
#5. AS A SHAPED CARD
Like shaker cards, I think shaped cards are just fun. To create I scored and folded an A2 card. Then I positioned the card with the folded edge just before the cutting edge of my hexagon die, like so, in the photo below and TA-DA!
I completed the card by placing another hexagon on top to hide the fold, then a slightly smaller hexagon with a generous amount of Distress Oxides. As you can see from these cards, I’m pretty smitten with the Oxides but I know I’m not alone. Right? Raise those hands people, it’s ok to be crushing on crafty supplies. LOL!
TIP: I have a hard time keeping track of the little die cut pieces, especially the dots for my i’s so I’ve started dotting with Nuvo Drops.
Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me share with you! Hope you are excited to add some happy little hexagons to your next card.
VersaFine Onyx Black
Solar White Cardstock
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock