If I’d known how I was going to create this I would have moved it higher up the batting order so there were fewer bees! These fabulous ghost bees were a freebie from McMahon Five Designs and created to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. I didn’t get them in time to do anything useful with them but fully intend to create some projects and raise some money this forthcoming October. There are lots of fabulous digi-stamps on the website, including lots of Breast Cancer awareness designs, but unfortunately these bees seem to be absent from the collections.
I resized and arranged the bees randomly before printing out two sets. I coloured the background lightly with distress inks and went over the antennae with a fine black marker. I added extra colour to the edge of the card and then stamped on the spider and webs. I cut out all eleven bees from the second set and used small, thin foam pads to stick them over the original images.
Recipe – Distress inks – Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Mistletoe stamp (by Lavinia), white gel pen, Heart stamp (Stampotique), red card, bee stamp, black fine-tip pen.
Card coloured with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey using an Inkduster. Mistletoe stamped using Mowed Lawn and berries coloured with white gel pen. Stamped hearts paper pieced with red card. Faux stitching and mwah! added with black marker.
Originally I was going to make these bees ballerinas and give them all tutus but it didn’t really work! Instead I thought I would have them dancing in a circle and was very tempted to put some handbags in the middle. However, I decided these bees would be more likely to be dancing around some flowers.
To get the bees in a circle I cut a circle of card and then stamped the bees round the edge. I will be honest and tell you that it took four attempts before they were correctly spaced, but this was probably less attempts than I imagined! I dusted on some more Picked Raspberry, using an Inkduster and then coloured the bees’ bodies with yellow Promarker. The flowers were stamped on to Japanese rice paper, coloured with Promarkers and dotted with white pen. I crunched them up slightly before gluing to the centre. I added white highlights to the stamped branches.
Recipe – Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean distress inks, silver ink, white embossing powder, white gel pen
I coloured the card with the distress inks using an Inkduster. The bees were stamped in silver and then heat embossed using white embossing powder. I doodles some extra snowflakes and the border with a white gel pen.
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.
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Happy New Year to you all. I hope you had fun seeing in 2014. Have you made any resolutions? I have, rather rashly, made several and if I say them out loud here maybe I will keep them, or at least of some them! As usual I am pledging to lose weight – I usually find I am most successful with this just before Christmas and then of course pile on the pounds over the holiday period. However, at least last year I didn’t put on weight which, these days, I consider a major achievement. I am also planning on increasing my level of fitness but absolutely not in the gym! The major, major resolution is to not buy any new crafting stash, except for essentials. Now I am practically hyper-ventilating at the mere thought of this. You’ll notice that I haven’t defined “essentials,” so watch this space!
I hope you are enjoying my 12 Bees of Christmas and thank you to those of you who have left a comment, I really do appreciate each and every one. I thought I’d pop back and share a New Year card with you:
This uses paper and an image from The Gecko Galz and I’ve layered them up with coordinating cardstock in two shades of blue together with some contrasting cardstock in red.
I’ve added a little gold glitter to the 1 on the vintage image.
I’ve used some mini pom-pom trims across the bottom.
A big double bow, from white seam binding, with a tiny button in the centre finishes it off.
I hope you have a very enjoyable day today and I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2014. And out of interest – is seam binding an “essential” do you think?!
Recipe – Paper by Blonde Moments, lights stamp by Dylusions, bee stamp by Chocolate Baroque, glitter card, glitter glue. I stamped the bees on to the background and then again on to white paper and coloured them in with Promarkers before cutting out and gluing over the original. Lastly, I added their party hats.