'What you do speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you say.'
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, 18 May 2020

It's Monday, so that means...
and today, the challenge is
We're All A-Buzz
For my third week in the Designer Spotlight, this is what I made.
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This is another card that was loads of fun to make, although it seems a long time since I made it because it was back in March 😊

I began by cutting two squares of white card, 5.5", and die cutting the honeycomb in the corners of one of them, using Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlits

Random 'bee' and 'buzz' dictionary definitions were cut out and stuck in place before using a credit card to randomly add Gesso over it.
Sponged and smooshed Distress Inks - Dried Marigold and Wild Honey - added the colour and the Gesso adds the variation in shade. (I used Distress Inks rather than Oxides because I wanted deeper shades of the colours I was using, especially the Rusty Hinge ink.) An Aall and Create background, stamped in Rusty Hinge, adds a bit more interest.

I sponged Wild Honey in the corners of the card I didn't die cut, flicking some water on it for some colour variation. 
Lightly dragging Rusty Hinge Distress Ink over the die cut corners, then spritzing with water, gave them a little more definition. I then spattered some Rusty Hinge ink all over the card. 
Applying PVA - for a firm hold - onto the Wild Honey corners with my fingers, I attached the top piece of card. I was pleasantly surprised that the glue gave it a nice varnished look, deepening the colour and making it look a little bit more realistic. (Note to self: Must remember this for future use - as if I will 😉)
I stamped the bees (Pink Ink; Bee-utiful). onto scraps of card, stamping the larger one twice, then coloured with pencils and fussy cut. Stamping the larger one directly onto the card and embossing with clear EP gave me all those lovely swirls and the antennae. Cutting out the wings separately, I layered them, popping them up on foam squares, so that they looked a little more realistic. Nuvo Crystal drops (applied with fingerD) over the wings makes them look as if they're reflecting the light.

The 'Bee' word is from the Pink Ink stamp set and 'Just Beecause' is from a Honey Bee set - 'Hi Honey'. There are some great bee words on it. Both are stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and clear embossed.
Finally, I mounted it all onto a rich shade of brown Bazzill card.
I really love the way this turned out.

Supplies from Simon Says Stamp

Linking to
Get Creative Challenges, Make it Sparkly
Allsorts, Anything Goes
Friendship Challenge, Anything that can fly
Simon Says Stamp Wednesdays, Animal(?!) Fun

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20 very kind comments from lovely people:

theras kartenblog said...

The card is wonderful. I like the colours and the design.
Thanks for sharing your card with us at Friendship Challenge.
Happy crafting!
Ilse (thera)

brenda said...

This is so very pretty Cath and love the depth of colour and textures, so pleased you shared with us and joined in at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Maura said...

Fabulous card, Cath! I so love the iridescent wings of your beautiful bee!! Wonderful! hugs, Maura

Lorraine A said...

Oh Cath, this is absolutely gorgeous!! The bees are beautiful, I love how you coloured the wings especially, so pretty, and the background is fabulous! Love this!!! 🧡

Hope you have a great week!
Lols x x x

Caty said...

Woww this is a Gorgeous card Cath !! I loove this amazing background, it´s espectacular. I loove the bees, especialy the big one, the colours of its wings are wonderful.
I wish you a very happy new week, stay safe and
Big hugs, Caty

DVArtist said...

Cath this is just fabulous. I love this bee piece.

Kathleen said...

Stunning background and some lovely images, great colourful wings. Thank you for joining our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Allsorts.

Kath x

Linda Kunsman said...

gorgeous Cath!! I love all the layers and depth along with the details on the bees!

My name is Erika. said...

I just love this card Cath. Nice honeycomb texture and very cute saying. This is adorable and I'm glad you got around to share it. Happy new week. Hugs-Erika

nwilliams6 said...

Very cool background on the card and the bee is fabulous. I especially love how your colored up the wings. Great design and texture!!!

María said...

Wow it's wonderful I love the layers and textures you've made, and those bees are beautiful with those colourful wings. María, xx.

Linby said...

This is so beautiful and you have incorporated so much detail and texture too.
Thanks for joining us at Allsorts challenge.
Lynn x

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous Bee card and background love all the Bees and love how you coloured the 3-D wings absolutely Beeutiful
Carol x

Gio said...

Thi is gorgeous! Such a yummy texture and lovely colours :-)

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous card Cath, the background does look like honey. Love the effect you achieved on the bees wings.
Avril xx

Dreja said...

Eine fabelhafte Karte.
Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei der Friendship Challenge.
LG Dreja

Sue said...

This is fabulous Cath, I always love anything with bees so this is perfect for me. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

Neet said...

I didn't know you had this stamp - I have just bought it and stamped you some images - guess I will use them myself now (tee hee). I love the way you have used it and the smaller bees too - what a gorgeous rich honey background you have created for it.
You know me and my bees, well this is lovely, in fact beautiful, but I still like the one you did for me.
Hugs, Neet xx
ps this must be a big card as this bee is huge

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a beeauty! Love that honey background! Hugs, Chrisx

Let's Art Journal said...

Such a gorgeous card! I love the huge bee and the honeycomb background, your created so much beautiful detail 😀. Thanks for the inspiration and I hope you've had a lovely week! Take care! Hugs, Jo x