I just can’t help it. Puns, they are an addiction. I didn’t even set out to make a punny card; I just set out to make a card for the TGIF Challenge this week. Honest.
The challenge this week is to be inspired by Jeanna Bohanon — no problem! Everything she makes is fantastic and inspiring — seriously. I’m totally not kissing up or anything. I’ve followed Jeanna since her years on the Artisan Design Team and love to see her creations.
So I scrolled down her blog and found this gem:
Gorgeous. I decided to use her technique of clear embossing on black cardstock and her layout.
I had an idea that I might want to emboss these bees, but I checked through all my stamp sets first. This card almost ended up with fox heads instead.
I chose So Saffron for my card base — you cold totally take it in another direction, though. Emerald Envy or Bermuda Bay or Mint Macaron would be fun, too. Or use a red or pink and add the sentiment “Bee My Valentine” with the Labeler Alphabet. The card base is 4.25″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5.5″.
The Basic Black cardstock panel is 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. I started by rubbing the panel all over with the Embossing Buddy. This keeps the embossing powder from sticking in random spots on the cardstock. Then I stamped bees all over the panel with Versamark ink. I had an idea where I wanted my stitched oval to go, so I chose the position for the bee that’s embossed directly under the negative die cut first. I stamped it first, then filled in the bees all over the panel. I sprinkled on, then shook off, Clear Stampin’ Emboss powder. Melted the embossing powder until it got all shiny. What a WOW factor! I think I’ll do this a lot more often.
I cut out the oval using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Then I laid the bee thinlit on top of the bee that I’d stamped first, the one right under the oval. I laid the oval on top of the die, straightened it to the position I wanted, then mashed down on the oval and pressed all around the bee thinlit until I had a very light impression of the die on my oval. Then I took it to the Big Shot and positioned the thinlit on top of the oval, right over the impression I’d made, and cut out the bee. I was surprised that the negative lined up so well with the embossed bee! I mean, in theory it should work, but I wasn’t sure it actually would.
I stamped the sentiment before adding Dimensionals to the back of the oval.
The twine is Whisper White Solid Baker’s Twine. I painted on some So Saffron ink with my Aqua Painter. This time I put a few drops of ink from the reinker on a Clear Block and picked up the color from there. I glue-dotted the twine to the black panel under where the oval would be, wrapped it around behind the panel, and glue-dotted it down under the other side of the oval. I added the oval to the card with Dimensionals.
Next I glued down the black panel to the card base, then added the rhinestones. I’m still amazed by how much adding a few inexpensive rhinestones steps up a card.
Finally, I stamped a fuzzy bee on the inside of the card.
I hope you like my card. Jump over to the challenge and see all the great cards the design team put together!
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