Bee Yourself

Hello my fellow creators. Well, it is official…we are now empty nesters. I finally have an extra room that I can dedicate to my crafts. I have been working in a shared space, but should have my new space set up by summer. I just have to wait for IKEA to get a few items back in stock. This week a made a card using a honeycomb stencil from my stash. I ink blended over the stencil using Distress Oxide inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Fossilized Amber and Mustard Seed). After I finished ink blending, I used the “Bee Yourself” stamp set by Simon Says Stamp to stamp an image and sentiment on the ink blended panel using my Mini Misti. I then stamped a few of the bee images and colored them using my Copic markers (Y17, Y15, Y13, T9, T7, T3, RV06, RV04 & B000) I am not the best at Copic coloring, but I have fun and, for me, that is the point of coloring. After I finished coloring the images, I cut them out using my Brother Scan ‘N Cut. This machine has saved me from having to fussy cut when I don’t have the matching dies for a given stamp set. This truly was a terrific investment. I cut the panel using the large rectangle die from the Master Layouts 1 set by Gina K Designs and layered in on some black card stock. I then popped up one of the bee images using some foam tape from my stash. At this point I though the sentiment needed to stand out more, so I colored in the “BEE” part of the sentiment using my Memento Dual Marker. Of course, I felt like the card could use some sparkle so I added some Spectrum Noir Black Sparkle pen to the sentiment and some Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen to the hearts. I then added the panel to a card base. The final step was to finish the inside of the card. I stamped a sentiment from the stamp set (actually three) and added a bee image to the inside of the card. And now the card is done. I know exactly who I will be sending this card to!

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