12 bees of Christmas – Day 7

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Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me…




… seven bees a-swimming

Six bees a-partying,

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Recipe – Dylusions sprays, spiral mask, sea bubbles stamp by Ryn, white ink pad, bee stamp (Stampotique), Black Memento ink.

I sprayed the card with blue, green and turquoise Dylusions sprays, blotted with kitchen roll and then, whilst still damp, overlaid the stencil, spritzed with water and then blotted. This technique is called “ghosting” and removes some of the ink. I cleaned the stencil and then used it again, this time spraying inks through the stencil. This builds up a layered look. I dried it with a heat gun before stamping the white sea bubbles. The bees were stamped over the top but it actually looks like I did it the other way around. I decided to leave it like this, rather than cut out extra bees and stick them over the top, as it looked like the bees could be under the water.

Thanks for buzzing by.



12 bees of Christmas – Day 7 — 6 Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this very interesting background technique with us; the bees really do appear to be under the surface! I’m thinking about using crows for next year. I also love tigers and bison, but I’m not sure how well these 2 faves would work out.
    Happy, Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • Ooh – all those sound interesting. Crows would be brilliant for Halloween too! Hope 2014 has got off to a good start.

    • I’ve noticed wasps and spiders seem to be able to survive water pretty well (they seem to survive almost everything!) but I don’t know about bees!!!

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