Double take

City Crafter Challenge Blog have come up with a great idea for this week’s challenge. You have to create  two projects using the same stamped image. A perfect excuse for me to be able to use one of my new stamps from Chocolate Baroque and yes, it has bees on it J



For the first card I created a background using distress inks. I built up layers of Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey (of course!) and a smidge of Ruty Hinge. Once all the ink was applied a gave it a spritz of water, I love the mottled effect this technique produces. I used Vintage Photo to stamp the honeycomb pattern and then stamped the main image using Black Archival ink. The colour of the sunflower was deepened by applying a little Mustard Seed and Scattered Straw with a waterbrush.


I stamped additional bees and decoupaged these on top of the originals.


I used black card in between the layers. I was going to add black ribbon but although it looked quite dramatic, it  looked a bit funereal so I used the spotted ribbon instead which I think looks a bit more jolly. Two black buttons and a little bee charm were the finishing touches.


I wanted to make the second card as different as possible, but I’m not sure it ended up that way! I did play about with sepia tones, black and white and also a Wedgwood effect but in the end settled for something more summery.


I painted the main image with Dylusions inks and a water brush and then layered it up on green and yellow designer paper. I’ve used jute ribbon with a piece of green and white ribbon across the centre. I used some leaf trim in the corner and finished it off with an ivory button and an extra little bee.



Love this stamp and can’t wait to use the others.  Hope you have a lovely weekend and bee  (!) sure to buzz back soon 🙂


Double take — 11 Comments

  1. Two fabulous cards, can’t decide which is my favourite, they are both great. I love the honeycomb effect and the clean lines of the second.

    Dionne xx

  2. You keep showing us how talented you are, everything you make gets better and better. Your bee cards are so darned cute, I have to keep looking at them. Love the bees so much.
    I decided I like bees so much I printed out a few of Graphic Fairy’s bees, skeps, hives, whatever for our living room.. I was lucky to get a decent size sea grass skep from Hobby Lobby (a very popular craft store in the states) at half price. Looks really cute with a couple delicate garlands wrapped around it (which I got at Michaels for 1/2 off). Michaels is another popular craft store. Keep up the great work, I also enjoy everything you do. Happy Weekend

    • Thanks Diane. I didn’t confess to how many times I mucked it up, but I’m in love with the colour combination!

  3. Both are great and beautiful cards Lisette! I love the honeycomb, what do you use to create it? Also love the way you did the 3D bees, and that bee charm is cute! Thank you for joining us at CCCB again this week, love to see what you come up with every time. Hugs and happy weekend, Wendy

  4. Wow! I just knew you would come up with something fabulous! Not sure where everyone has gone this week … but I’m so glad that you played along at CCCB and showed us your talent once more … Many thanks!

    • Thank you Ros. Maybe two takes longer? As you know, I struggle to limit myself to one entry so this was perfect. Great idea for a challenge 🙂

  5. Oooo, I do love both cards! The honeycombs appeal to me on the first card, but I like the bright feeling of spring on the second one.

    Thanks so much for playing with us at City Crafter!

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