Happy Wednesday Honey Bee friends! Spring is here, the flowers are blooming and the bees are buzzing! I hope you are seeing signs of spring where you are! My card today reflects all the bright and colorful signs of spring. I’ve used a well-loved Busy Bees stamp set and Busy Bees Honey Cuts and paired the sets with the newer Hexi Slimline Cover Plate Top and Base for my cheerful birthday card.
I wanted to work on my no-line coloring skills so I began by stamping the flowers, leaves, and bees from the Busy Bees stamp set onto 80# Neenah with some no-line coloring ink. I used a plethora of Copic markers in all the rainbow colors to color my flowers. No line coloring does take some practice. My best tips are to take your time! Don’t do this if you don’t have a good bit of time for your coloring. Another tip is to use a fine point black marker like a Micron 005 to add in the details on the bees. Also, take breaks!! I think the time and effort are worth it in the end and love how my flowers and bees turned out!
When I finished coloring, I die cut the images with the coordinating Honey Cuts. For the stems, I just colored a scrap piece of paper with a green Copic and then used the stem die cuts to cut them out.
Next I worked on my card base. I used a few Background Blender brushes to ink up a strip of card stock with Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks. Then I used the hill dies from the Horizon Slimline Borders Honey Cuts to die cut two hills. I layered them and adhered the two pieces together with Bee Creative glue.
I took an 8-½” x 7″ piece of 80# Neenah and scored it at 3-½” for my card base. Then I blended on some Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink with a Background Blender brush. Next I adhered the Hexi Slimline Cover Plate Top and Base pieces that I also die cut from 80# Neenah. Then I adhered the hills at the bottom of the card base.
I used two stamps from the Buzz stamp set and stamped them in black ink. I trimmed them and added some thin foam strips to the back. I arranged my bees, flowers, leaves and stems onto the card front. It took me a few minutes to decide which ones to pop up with foam squares and which to adhere with Bee Creative glue! Before I adhered the leaves, I decided I didn’t want the white edge from the die cuts, so I just fussy cut them out. Then I shaped the leaves with my fingers adding a piece of a foam square near the center and a dot of glue at the leaf bases to adhere. (Tip: I love these foam squares and will often use my non-stick scissors to cut them into smaller squares as I did here!)
I love to get a bit of sparkle and those extra little touches in when I can. I added sparkle to the bees’ wings and the flower centers with a clear glitter pen. Then I used a bright yellow Gelly Roll pen to add dots to the flower centers.
You may have heard me say this before, but I absolutely love how Honey Bee’s products are timeless and the older and newer ones work perfectly together! I really do appreciate you stopping by today! Have a wonderful remainder of your week!