Project: Beeyoutiful Birthday

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What a fun set of stamps and co-ordinating dies. Of course you don’t have to use them together and I’m sure I will use the flowers on other projects, but this time instead of sourcing multiple items from every drawer and box in the craft room I’d limit myself to these sets. Ideal for creating a stepper card,
I used:

  • Honeybee Haven Stamps
  • Beehive Buddies die set
  • Floral Oasis embossing folder
  • Spellbinders Labels 36
  • Ink: Memento, Summer Sky, Olive Grove, Cantaloupe, Rich Cocoa, Tuxedo Black
  • Card stock: White, scrap of gold
  • Coloursoft Pencils: Ochre, Brown, terracotta, brown Earth, Black
  • Gold, Silver and Black sparkle gel pens
  • Foam Pads
  • Big Shot Die cutting and embossing machine

Create the stepper card base: 11 cm wide and score at 11cm, 22 cm from one end. Turn the card and score 3.75 cm and 7.5 cm from the other end.

Stamp the beehive onto a piece of white card.
Colour in with the Derwent Coloursoft pencils. These pencils layer really well.
Fussy cut the beehive

Die cut the flowers x4 of each size. Save the petals and flower centres to reassemble

Colour the stems in Olive grove and the centres in Cantaloupe.

To help reassemble the flowers, I used a punch to cut a shape from a white adhesive label and put it behind the flower. This made slotting the petals and flower centre in place a lot easier. Don’t worry if they are not an exact match.

Die cut the Bumble Bee – save the wing shapes. Use the gel pens to colour the bee. Stick a scrap of gold card behind the body. Use silver pen for the wings.

Cut a white 10 cm2 panel and create the background using Summer Sky and Olive Grove Memento ink. The swipe, spritz and drag method creates a great ‘landscape’ effect.

Stamp the floral border in Olive Grove at the bottom of the panel.

Stick the Beehive into place and using Tuxedo Black stamp the mini bee around the hive. Leave room when stamping to put in a few dotty trails.

Add some gold gel pen to the mini bees so you don’t see the blue sky through them!

Arrange two large and two smaller flowers on the background and stick in place.

Emboss two mats in white card. One 11 cm2 and one 11 cm x 3.75 cm.

Mount the beehive panel onto the larger embossed mat – I know it covers up most of the embossing but enough is showing to give an effect.

Stamp the greeting onto white card using Rich Cocoa and die cut with the appropriate size die from the labels 36 set.

Assemble the front panel using the Bumble bee, remaining flowers and pop the greeting on foam pads.

Finally Stick the panels to the stepper card… The card should fit into an 12 cm2 envelope.