Saturday, February 09, 2013

Stamping can BEE so Much FUN!!

It's finally the weekend!!!! Welcome to Viva Las Vegastamps!!! Susan here today bringing you some inky inspiration ... straight from the beehive.


With my last order from VLVS!, I completed my collection of bee stamps so I am ready to play. You might notice that my paper is stamped with the "Six Hexagon Background #19076" and also looks embossed. Well, it is. I made my own embossing template using the stamp. If you attend my weekly demos at the Saturday Crafts Fair on Linqto, I recently shared how I make custom embossing template for my stamps {CLICK HERE to view demo}.

I started by using several Ranger Distress Inks to add color to my Kromecote cardstock base with the faux airbrush technique. After heat setting ink, I ran the paper and handmade embossing template through my Cuttlebug. I rubbed some more ink over the high points gently to accentuate the embossing, then stamped the "Six Hexagon Background #19076" randomly in places. Now my honeycomb background is complete.

I stamped the bees into the background using Jet Black Staz-On Ink and also stamped each bee onto clear acetate. I also stamped each bee's wings onto a Miracle Sheet. What is a MIRACLE SHEET??? It's a full 8 1/2" x 11" page of MIRACLE TAPE - perfect for making all sorts of projects, die cut shapes and making DIY Washi Tape, too. On the backside of the acetate, I colored the body and head of each bee using a Sharpie Gold Paint Pen. I trimmed out the wings out of Miracle Sheet, then gently peeled off backing and applied to backside of acetate to corresponding stamped wing sections.

After burnishing down my miracle tape wings, I remove backing and dust adhesive with Perfect Pearls in pearl to give wings a glittery iridescence. I fussy cut each bee out of the acetate and slightly bent each wing. I adhered each bee to the background using Diamond Glaze - only putting adhesive behind the bodies and legs. I left the wings free to have depth and dimension.

To finish this off I'm placing this in a black wood frame from the Dollar Tree. It's a bit rough and rustic looking and will be the perfect home for my "Hive of Bees".

Supplies used: STAMPS - Six Hexagon Background #19076Bee Facing Left #1708Bee Facing Right #1820, and Bee Wings Open #1926; Also used Kromecote cardstock; Miracle Sheet; Jet Black Staz-On Ink; Clear Acetate; Sharpie Gold Paint Pen; Sakura Gelli Stardust Pen; Diamond Glaze; Ranger Distress Markers, Several colors of Ranger Distress Inks {Old Paper, Antique Linen & Frayed Burlap}; Ranger Embossing Ink, and Ranger Perfect Pearls {Pearl}.

Thanks so much for dropping by. If you have a little time... check out what the rest of the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team has created. There's a few more days left of the SUPERBOWL SALE at the Viva Las Vegastamps! store - CLICK HERE for the details.

If you would like to see more of my creations please visit my blog, sbartist : painting in the dark HERE. I'll be back with another stamping adventure real soon! Hope you have an inky day! Sb


Anonymous said...

This looks great, I really love that background.

Sandra Strait said...

Oh so totally awesome!

Barbara Rankin said...

Your bee card really is BEE-utiful. I love how you dusted their little wings with Perfect Pearls. Really makes them pop. I also learned a lot from your Saturday Crafts Fair showing us how to make those embossing templates. You are so clever.

TheEllenBee said...

This would look oh so faulous in my Beehive. I am green or rather yellow with envy. Beeuteefull!!!