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Bee Strong Everyday

I finally got my hands on this funny little Caffeinated Bee from Rabbit Hole Designs. Oh, how I relate to that look on his face sometimes! I used the bee to make a scene card for Simon Says’ Monday challenge. And also I haven’t made a lot of them, I wanted to get better at it. Practice, practice, practice.

I stamped and masked him out, (on Neenah solar white), to ink-blend the sky behind him. When I made the mask I didn’t worry too much about cutting out the tiny arms or antenna, knowing I would re-stamp him in my stamping platform after all the inking and coloring was done.

So I kept the sky pretty simple with just two shades of blue and a blender brush and made sure to keep the horizon a lighter shade. I used a scene builder stamp set from MFT for the hill and flowers. Then I pulled out my alcohol markers and chose a few shades of green for the grass, again not being worried about detail but keeping the grass at the top of the hill a lighter shade. Then I colored in my bee. I got a kick out of trying to give him morning stubble and when I was done I set him aside.

I used a die from Pretty Pink Posh’s Stacked Edges 2 for the honeycomb design, on some yellow cardstock and got out some oxide inks to “distress” the strips, giving them more depth and interest than just plain yellow paper. After I had those strips of paper colored to my liking I glued them down to some fairly thin (80 lb.) paper and used a deckle edge rectangle die to cut it out. I also had a little fun with using a die set from Spellbinders called Cup and Beans instead of another rectangle or circle die for a window to the bee scene.

I used a cotton swab to swipe and dab some Versamark in strategic places in order to heat emboss some glittery gold powder and when that top honeycomb panel was done I used two layers of foam tape to prop it up over the bottom scene panel. I used Simon Says’ Be Sentiments stamp set (which I love!), for the sentiment, inked them up and adhered them down to the panel with a little more foam tape. Then I called it a day.

.I hope that this inspires you to make something new. Thanks for stopping by!


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