Saturday, 4 February 2023

Wild and Free Bee Tag

Hi There! Thought I would show you how I made this mdf tag for Bee Monarchy day. 
I began by painting the MDF tag using acrylic paints. Some of these were shimmer/metallic and some were not. I painted them onto the tag blending the edges.  

Next I used black gesso through the full honeycomb inkable and added a little more around the edges.
Once this was dry I added some stamping using the crowns and honeycomb stamps from the bee Monarchy set using a brown versafine Clair ink.
on a scrap piece of card I stamped the bee 3 times with versafine clair black ink. I coloured them with ecoline pens and cut them out using the die set
I stamped a sentiment from the small words set and added that and the bees to the tag using ultra thick gel medium. 
Here is the finished tag with a little yellow ribbon though. 
I used:
Dylusions paint in lemon Zest and Tangerine dream
Dylusions shimmer paint in Pure sunshine
Versafine Clair in black and brown

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, 28 January 2023

Bee Monarchy Samples

 

Hi There! Did you manage to join us for the Bee Monarchy relaunch on Tuesday? These are some of the samples I made. The first pair of cards I made during my live. 
This one used the scripted bee stamp in the background and the stitched borders.
I painted the MDF using dylusions paints and added black gesso through the Honeycomb full inkable
This older sample was stamped and stitched, and the background was sprayed through the Honeycomb multi inkable.
This was another older sample using honeycomb multi, Scripted Bee and the 4" hexagon easy frame.
I created backgrounds for these pages using a piece of catalyst paper and scribble sticks on the left and dylusions sprays painted on, on the right. Both of the bees on these journal pages were stamped on Bee Crafty stamping tissue.
Texture discs and catalyst papers made the background on this sample.

This was my blog post last week, so there is a step by step for it. 

For my live on Wednesday I had a play with Alcohol inks. I used a technique I learned from Kate Crane in my Grafix mixed media journal.
The background on this card also used the same alcohol ink technique on Dura-lar matte.

You can find the Bee Monarchy stamps here

The Scripted Bee stamp is here

Stitch borders are here

6x6 inkables are here

Easy Frame inkables are here

Texture discs are here

Bee Crafty papers and stickers are here

Journals are here

All Bees were coloured with Ecoline brush Pens 

The videos of the lives can all be found on the Bee Crafty Facebook page

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, 21 January 2023

Layers of ink Bee Card

Hi there! I have been busy making samples for the relaunch of Bee Crafty's Bee Monarchy stamp set on Tuesday. I thought I would whet your appetite with a sneaky peek step by step. 
 

I began by putting masking tape around a 5x5" square ivory card. As you can see I overlapped the edge by about 3mm to give a slightly narrower border.
I blended distress ink in Wild Honey and Tea Dye over the centre, making it a shade darker at the edge
Next I used the Honeycombe full inkable to add a little stencilling top left and bottom right.
I inked up the crackle background stamp with vintage photo distress ink and stamped it lightly over the card
Using Versafine Clair black ink I stamped the largest bee in the middle of the card.
I used Ecolines to colour it in.
I stamped a few of the honeycomb stamps from the Bee monarchy set in wild honey ink before removing the tape and stamping the sentiment from the small words set. I also added a tiny bit of white pen to the eyes and tail of the bee. 
Here is the finished card again. 
I used:
5x5" ivory card blank
Masking tape or Stamp and Stencil tape
Distress inks in Wild Honey, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo
Bee Monarchy stamp set (it will be there on Tuesday!)

The re-launch of this fantastic set of stamps will be over on the Bee Crafty Facebook page from 10am on Tuesday. There will be lives and lots more! See you there!

Saturday, 14 January 2023

Seeing Stars!

 

Hi There! I thought I had better follow my own advice and use one of my 3 unused journals! I did my first double page in my Dina Wakely white 6x6" journal. I was also itching to have a go at a freehand inky background like Bev had demonstrated in her Freehand Friday video last week. 
I began by painting circles in dylusions ink onto the double page
Once this was dry I used the dotty border stamp to add detail on the two outer edges
Next I stamped and embossed three of the largest stars and stamped several smaller stars in black ink on Bee Crafty stamping tissue, again inspired by Bev's Try it out Tuesday this week.

I cut them out and used matte medium to add them to the page. 
Finally I chose a sentiment and added that  on stamping tissue in the same way, finishing off with a few splatters of white gloss spray. 
I used:
Dylusions sprays in Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine, Cherry Pie, Bubblegum Pink, Periwinkle Blue and Polished Jade
Star textures stamp set
Versamark ink
Dina Wakely gloss spray - White 

I really enjoyed working in this journal and I didn't even get any fingerprints on the cover (which was why I had put off using it, lol! Do check out the Bee Crafty You Tube channel for the videos I mentioned at the beginning.
The challenge over in the Bee Crafty Stamps group is to use some of your as yet unused stash on a tag. I do hope you can join us  - you can enter 3 times and are in with the chance to win a £20 stamp voucher! 
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 7 January 2023

Build a bridge journal pages

 

Hi there! I am bringing in the new year with some fresh colours in my journal. Here's what I did to create this journal spread.

I had a page where I had mopped up some inkables that had been used for green inks. I used twisted citron and salvaged patina distress spray to fill in the gaps
once this was dry I used the Bakewell big one inkable and peacock feathers distress oxide to add a little more colour to the page. 
I used the 4inch square easy frame as a template to draw around with a distress crayon.  
after removing the easy frame I painted between the lines using turquoise paint. Once dry I blended the crayon with my finger.
Next I took a piece of Bee Crafty stamping tissue and lay it on top of the smaller face inked stamp. then I flipped it over and inked the stamp again, carefully positioning it to form the other half of the face.
I trimmed the image then stuck it inside the frame using matte medium
using the worker stamps from the same stamp set I added to the background using black versafine clair.
Next I cut a strip of circles from the transparency and coloured the centres using a silver sharpie, turning it over to show all the black on the transparency.
I added a little more stamping using the journal art elements 3 and attached the strip of transparency using double sided tape under the silver pen. I finished it off  using a couple of wordy stickers. 

Here is the finished page once more. 
I used:
Turquoise paint

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, 24 December 2022

Very Vintage!

 

Hi there! I am here with a vintage journal page step by step for you today.

I began by arranging some torn scraps of book page, music and patterned paper on a journal page and stuck it down with matte medium. 
next I stencilled some walnut stain distress ink around the edges where the papers hadn't quite met.
I found a torn piece of corrugated kraft card and sponged walnut stain ink around that too


I added some stamping using the doodle art mandala stamps again in walnut stain. 
next I attached the panel to the background, adding some braid too, with gel medium. 
with the tag inkables I added a bit of texture paste...
then used distress crayons in hickory smoke and salty ocean to add a few lines around the page. I also added a little gilding wax on the corrugated card and the texture paste, 
finishing off with a splatter of white gloss spray (not a spray - just unscrew the top, hold the pipe over the project and tap).
I stamped the three butterflies in versafine clair ink and coloured with ecolines before die cutting.
Finally I used gel medium to add these to the corrugated panel. 
Here is the finished page, although I might add some words to it...

I used:
A selection of papers to collage

Thank you so much for looking! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!