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Hello Honey Bee friends! Today I’m sharing this sweet card I made that features the beautiful Bees & Bonnets stamp set, Honey Cuts, and coordinating stencils! Can you find all of the bees? I love how some of the bees’ bums are sticking out of the flowers!

First I used a large blending brush to ink up a panel of 80# Neenah with Prize Ribbon Distress Oxide ink. Then I put it into the Spring Medley 3D embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine. While it wasn’t bad, there was some cracking of the cardstock allowing the white to show through. No worries though! I just went over it again with more Prize Ribbon!

Next I stamped all of the images in the Bees & Bonnets stamp set with Intense black ink. After I knew the ink was totally dry, I used the coordinating Bees & Bonnets stencils to color all of the flowers and insects with various inks from my stash. Then I cut them all out with the coordinating Honey Cuts.

While I absolutely love the blue embossed background layer and also the flowers, as I was arranging them, I just was never satisfied with the look. Sometimes when I’m stuck I just take a break and do something else–go outside for a walk, pull a few weeds, or anything away from my craft desk. It’s amazing what a break and a fresh eye will do. I realized that with the dark blue background, the white edges around the die cut pieces was making it all look way too busy for my eye! So I found a coordinating Copic marker, B26, and colored around all of the edges. Much better!!!

I adhered the flowers with some glue and a few with foam dots. I stamped the sentiment from the Bees & Bonnets stamp set with black ink and cut it out with the coordinating die. I added foam tape to the back for a bit more dimension on the card.

What do you think? Do you like the white edges of the die cuts colored in? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. As always, you are so appreciated for stopping by the blog today! Have a fabulous and crafty day!

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2 responses to “You Are The Sunbeam”

  1. Danita C. says:

    You know, Carol, I’m trying to envision all the stamps being outlined in white and I can see it making the card front too busy. I love your solution, and that you were so easily able to save the card! It’s beautiful, by the way! I do the same as you ~ I walk away from a card that has me stumped, do something else for a while, and come back with fresh eyes. It usually does the trick. Anyway, I really like how it all came together, and I love the little bee butts too haha!

  2. Helen Negron says:

    Trabajos bien bonitos

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