Hello Honey Bee Friends, and happy 6th birthday to Honey Bee! I have a special, just-right-for-the-occasion, birthday card to share with you today! I’m wondering if you recognize which die set I’m using for my card? Do you? Well, let me tell you I had so much fun transforming the Lovely Layers: Easter Lily Honey Cuts into Tiger Lilies! I have some Tiger Lilies in my backyard and used them as my inspiration for this birthday card.
But FIRST! I hope you’ve heard by now that Honey Bee is having a VERY special sale to celebrate their birthday. Today through April 16, you get 20% off of all Honey Bee branded products!!! Woohoo! That’s a great sale! Click the image to go straight to the Honey Bee shop and check off that wish list!
Now, back to my card! For the card base I die cut 80# Neenah with the Hexagon Cover Plate: Stipple Layer, then I ran it through my machine again with the tan embossing mat and embossing plate. This adds so much dimension to this awesome die! (Side note: these were the very first cover plate dies that I had ever purchased! Still love them just as much as when they were new!) I used Bee Creative Glue to adhere it to a yellow mat layer and then to the card base.
Next I die cut the Lovely Layers: Easter Lily pieces. I die cut the flower parts twice, and the bud parts once. I die cut several of the leaves and palm fronds to have extra in case I needed them. Then I colored all of the die cut pieces with my Copic markers. For the flowers I used YR07, YR04, YR02, Y15, Y13, and E18. I used G07, YG09, and YG05 for the greenery.
Just so you can see what the flower looks like before assembly, here is a photo for you. It’s amazing how these pieces are transformed to a beautiful flower after I shaped and assembled it!
I used my flower shaping tools from the Flower Shaping Kit to shape all of the petals and leaves. This Flower Shaping Set is a very good one to begin with. If you’ve never done this and want to learn, just do a search in YouTube for “paper flower shaping” and you’ll find lots of videos showing this technique. (A tip I learned many years ago, is to give the back of the pieces a VERY light mist of water before shaping. I helps to form them, and I think the flowers hold their shape better after they are dry.) I used Bee Creative glue to assemble the flowers. Then I added drops of Glossy Accents to the stamen tips and set them aside to dry.
I just had to add these sweet little bees from the Busy Bees stamp set! After I colored them, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then I adhered the flowers and leaves to the card with Bee Creative glue. I did add foam squares to the center flower to pop it up a bit.
I totally love all of the dimension on this card! If you wonder how I would mail this, I just find a small cardboard box and mail it that way. Of course, hand delivering is so fun–I love seeing people’s faces when they open a card I make!
I sure hope I’ve given you some inspiration to try your dies in unexpected ways! Be sure to shop Honey Bee’s sale today through April 16! Thank you so much for stopping by!