Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Bee Hive

Hello, Crafters.

If you haven't checked it out already, have a look at the  Clearance Rack - it was updated this morning!

I started my card with a base of Delightful Dijon Cardstock (CS), then a layer of Basic Black CS and a top layer of Urban Underground Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I didn't have any idea what direction my card was going to take, except I wanted to make some bees with Vellum wings!

I stamped two bees using Archival Basic Black Ink, and coloured the bodies using a Delightful Dijon Marker Pen and a Smokey Slate Marker Pen for the wings. 

Then I painted all over the bees with my Wink of Stella Clear Gltter Pen and then fussy cut them.

I wiped a piece of Vellum CS with my Embossing Buddy, stamped two bees in Versamark, and then covered with Black Embossing Powder. 

After I'd heat set them both, I die cut them with the bee die from the Detailed Dragonflies Framelits Dies. 

I adhered one fussy cut and one die cut bee together using Tombow just on the body, head and antennae.

I found three "bee" sentiments to use: 
HAPPY BEE-DAY was from the Hostess Pun Intended Stamp Set;
YOU'RE SO SWEET was from the Bear Hugs Stamp Set; 

YOU'RE MY SWEET HONEYBEE was from the Shooting Star Stamp Set. 

Unfortunately, all three stamp sets are being retired at the end of May!

Using Archival Basic Black Ink, I stamped the three sentiments onto small strips of Very Vanilla CS and layered them onto Delightful Dijon CS. 

To create the beehive, I die cut a large oval using the Layering Oval Dies.

Then I put the cardstock oval back in the Big Shot with the oval die sitting in place so it cut the bottom edge with a slight curve.

I lightly sprayed both sides of the beehive with water, and then embossed it using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder. 
For the door, I used the thicker end of the safety pin die that's in the Baby's First Framelits! 

I adhered everything together using Tombow, except the beehive and the bee in the top left hand corner. I used Dimensionals for both of these.

Finally, I adhered a layer of Basic Black CS and a layer of Shimmery White CS inside the card. 

I decorated it with two bees I'd stamped in Basic Black Archival Ink, and had coloured the body and wings using the Delightful Dijon Marker Pen. 

The final touch was painting both bees with my Clear Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen. this was a fun card to make! Until tomorrow, happy crafting.



  1. This is just adorable! What a CUTE card idea! Thanks Jan!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. It reminds me of a Christmas card I made a couple of years ago when I used the Brick Wall Embossing Folder to make an igloo! Don't you just love how versatile our products are! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  2. Your bees look real........so cute. Love it!

    1. Hi, Art Granny. The detail quality of Stampin' Up! stamps never fails to amaze me. The hair on the bee's body makes it look so tactile! I'm glad you like it, too! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  3. Thank you for notifying us about the updated Clearance Rack. I really wish I could buy from you, but I'm in the States. Your cards always inspire me, and I'm grateful that you share tutorials and photos.

    1. Hi, Jodie. It was such a mad scramble yesterday morning to get my global email out ASAP! We didn't know this was going to happen! I hope you were able to pick up some bargains! I'm so pleased you enjoy my cards, tutorials and photographs - I really appreciate your support! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.

  4. You're right! I remember that card too! I even did some after you showed us how! Lol ... I had to smile at Jodie's comment ... your cards not only inspire, they cost us money! Lol But it's money so well spent. I succumbed to the set with the balloons yesterday as I once again admired your beautiful card of the Dazzling Diamonds hot air balloon. I know you've had lots of fun with this set and made some marvellous cards too!! Thanks again Jan for being our inspiration day after day!

    1. Hi, Geraldine. I really surprised myself wth the balloons because it wasn't love at first sight but I have loved it! ☺ Happy crafting. JanB.