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It’s getting near that time of the year where my crafting goes in full blown PINK and RED mode! Yes, valentine’s day is fast approaching! I decided to make a card with one of my favourite Honey Bee Stamp greetings – the ‘You Are Loved’ stamp from the Beautiful Life set!

Before I could decide where I wanted my greeting, I chose to work on my background first, and decided to reach for the sweet floral stamps and dies from the Country Wreath set. First I die cut two rectangles of white card using a large rectangle die, and then used two poppy dies from the Country Wreath set to cut floral holes all over the card. I turned the die each time to create more variety and have a more whimsical feel to the card.

Once all the holes were cut, I reached for the other white rectangular piece of card, and used brushed to blend ink all over it. I used some basic brushes that are actually blusher brushes from the pound shop, so nothing fancy in the slightest, but they seemed to do the job! I started with a yellow dye ink at the top, and then made my way down the card into orange and pink tones. I think this gives the card a real sweet, sherbet feel – perfect for V day!

I laid the die cut panel on top of the inked panel and held them in place with some washi tape whilst I stamped the coordinating images onto the inked background, using a grey ink. I used the die cut as a guide to ensure the images fit perfectly inside each hole. Then I mounted the top layer with some foam tape to give some fun dimension.

I then added a grey scalloped frame and embossed┬áthe You Are Loved greeting onto some vellum using grey ink and clear embossing powder and when it had cooled I die cut it into a circle using a Simon Says Stamp circle die. Its hard to see, but underneath I added a white die cut heart from cardstock, just so that the message could be more easily read! To finish, a few Honey Bee Stamps diamonds – I simply can’t get enough of those cute little gems!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day! Happy Crafting!


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  1. Eileen R says:

    Love your card, very clever Lesley! I am off to the craft room to try out this technique.