Saturday, 14 May 2016

Hexagon Hive

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I decided to use the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die again before it retires on 31st May 2016.

Although I haven't used this die very much, I've always been pleased with the results.

I decided to use the large flower from the You've Got This stamp set for my image and for my colours I chose Tip Top Taupe and Pool Party.

I started my card with a base of Tip Top Taupe Card Stock, then a layer of Whisper White.

The size of the die is slightly too small for the standard UK A6 card size.

To work out the sizes I needed for my layers, I die cut the Hexagon Hive first.

Then I added a quarter of an inch on the height and the width to get the measurements for the Whisper White layer and then I calculated my card base size.

I didn't want a plain white background showing through the hexagon "windows" so I chose a design from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.

I cut it a tad shorter and narrower than the die cut and adhered the two together using Tombow.

Using our Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped the flower onto a piece of Whisper White.

My preferred method of colouring is to use our Blender Pens with our inks. 

The first colour was Pool Party for the actual flower head. I squeezed the (closed!) ink pad in the centre to get some ink onto the lid.

I have to admit that my method of painting is "quick and dirty"!

To get a look of shading, I paint just inside the black line of each section leaving the centre unpainted.

When I've finished, I go back and very quickly paint over all the white areas but making sure I go over the areas I've already painted as well - this makes those parts darker. 

I painted the centre stamens in Daffodil Delight and the stem and leaves in Pear Pizzazz.

After I had fussy cut the flower, I painted it using the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. 

The sentiment is from the Wetlands Stamp Set - one of my favourites, so pleased it's staying!

Using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White and punched it out using the retiring Large Oval Punch.

I adhered the flower and the sentiment to the card front using Dimensionals.

did a bunny ears bow using some retired Coastal Cabanna Ribbon and adhered it to the flower stem using a Glue Dot.

I hope you have a great relaxing weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. hello Jan, love your card. it is so pretty. i also like coloring with ink and i use a water brush. i think it is a softer look for flowers don't you. cheers.

    1. Yes, I definitely agree with you, Pearl. Personally, I just can't get the hang of the Aqua Pens! I find using Marker Pens "neat" far to heavy. I've used the Blender Pens technique in today's video. ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.