Hi guys, this is Nicky back with you today and I’ve got a fun card using the Bee Happy stamp set.  This card also borrows the word ‘Smile’ from the newer Photo Stack die set!

Let’s begin!  First off I grabbed an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth cardstock and I ink blended it with Distress Oxide in Dried Marigold and then I came in with Distress Ink in Wild Honey (seemed appropriate) and darkened around the edges, thus creating a lovely rich colour around the edges but a brighter focal point in the centre.  I use Bristol Smooth for ink blending since the ink goes on like butter – trust me when I say it is foolproof!  Once dry, I prepped the surface of the panel with my Embossing Buddy.  I then stamped the hexagon images with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  Again, I paid attention to the focal point and kept it less cluttered.  I die cut this panel to give it the stitched edge look using a die from my personal stash!  This panel was then applied to the 110lb white cardstock base.

Using more Bristol Smooth cardstock I stamped my cute bee images using Ranger Archival Ink in Potting Soil which is a lovely dark brown that I prefer over black these days.  The bees were watercolour painted using the following – Tombow ABT’s in 991 and 451 and Kuretake Zigs in Dark Gray 095 and Light Pink 026.  Various points were highlighted with a white gel pen and they were then die cut and applied to the scene popped up on dimensional foam tape.

Next step was to die cut the ‘Smile’ word 4 times from 110lb white cardstock and glue them together and then glue it to the card panel.  I also stamped the smaller sentiment to a strip of white cardstock and backed that with foam tape and attached it.

Now for the finishing touches.  I have an obscene amount of embellishments to choose from (don’t judge me!) but I chose these wooden hexagon embellishments for obvious reasons and then for a tiny hint of sparkle I used some tiny flat iridescent sequins which aren’t too obvious but give a lovely twinkle when the card is handled.   I also stamped the ‘buzzy trails’!

I appreciate you coming by to read the blog today, see you next time!

Nicky x