Hello crafty friends!! Brenda, here with you today for my very first post on the Honey Bee Blog!! I am so excited!! I will be spending a few Thursdays each month with you here!! I hope to provide some fresh inspiration for ways to use your Honey Bee goodies!!
Love is in the air with Valentine’s Day being Wednesday!! Do you have special plans with your “sweetie”? Honey Bee products go together with Valentine’s Day like, well…bees & honey!! The bee theme is perfect for “Bee Mine” Valentines!!
I had the idea to place the bees in a heart shape, so I stamped the larger bees (and a heart) from the Busy Bees set with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored them with Copic markers. Often times, I will come up with a card layout or idea while I am coloring the images. I stamped and colored several sheets of these, then cut them with the Busy Bees Coordinating Honey Cut Dies…I like to have lots of these colored, cut and ready to go. They add the perfect finishing touch to many of my projects. I set those aside to work on my background. I decided to use the Hive Stencil and Masks behind the bees. Wild Honey, Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide Inks were blended through the stencil with a mini ink blending tool; then it was splattered with water and blotted, for interest. I hand cut the hive and also cut a piece of vellum in the same shape to layer over it. I wanted my bees to be the focal point and didn’t want the background to detract from that. Next, I ran the heart stencil from Fall Showers Stencil Set, along with some black cardstock, through my die-cut machine with an embossing pad to create an embossed design for my background panel. I trimmed the panel slightly, then adhered it to a piece of red cardstock. I played around with placement of the bees and once I was satisfied, used the Press N Seal method to pick them up all at once. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the bees to each other, adding foam adhesive to the backs. The heart shape was popped onto the vellum hive, giving me a place to hide the adhesive behind the vellum, before attaching it to the ink-blended hive. The hive was then attached to the black, embossed panel with dimensional adhesive. For the sentiment, the “Bee” was cut from yellow and black cardstock with the Bee-You-Tiful Honey Cut Die. The “mine”, from Bee-You-Tiful Sentiments was stamped with Versamark onto a strip of black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. The die-cut sentiment, heart and banner strip were popped up with foam adhesive in the center of the heart. Clear Wink of Stella Shimmer Pen was added to the heart and die-cut sentiment. I also added some Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the heart for some shine. Lastly, a few gold sequins from the Fall Equinox Mix finished off the design.
That’s it for me today!! I look forward to spending more time with you here in the future!!!