Honey Bees are Golden
The Golden Honey Bee Specialty Designer Series Paper is golden goodness! (Plus, you can get it FREE with any $50 order. More about that later!) I couldn't resist making these elegant cards drenched in gold. Make sure to read all the way through to the end for a bonus 4th card.
I stamped the curved greeting from the Honey Bee stamp set on Whisper White with the same Memento ink pad. To cut it out, I used two different circles from the Layering Circles dies. Then, I trimmed the sides to the right length. I cut the hive from gold cardstock with the Detailed Bee dies as well. I layered everything and added some black grosgrain ribbon from my stash. The card front is adhered to a Basic Black card base.
After I cut the hive from gold cardstock, I embossed it with the Corrugated 3D embossing folder. I love this look! It really gives the hive dimension. The "thanks" is cut using the Well Written dies. Everything is layered on a Basic Black card base with a black strip and a black bee cut with the Detailed Bee dies.
One of the best things about the Golden Honey Bee Specialty DSP is that you can get it FREE during Sale-A-Bration. If you order the Honey Bee Bundle (the stamp set and dies) plus a package of gold foil sheets and a combo pack of Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends, you can choose the Golden Honey Bee DSP as your FREE Sale-A-Bration item!
I just can't get enough of the Golden Honey Bee Specialty DSP. It is just so elegant and striking. It makes me want to gobble it up, just like honey!
Black, White, and Red Poppies
It's hard to resist the classic color scheme of red, white, and black - with just a hint of bright green thrown in. The colors really pop! So, when I opened my package of Golden Honey Bee Specialty Designer Series Paper (which you can get FREE during Sale-A-Bration), I knew I had to use the black and white patterned papers with the Painted Poppies stamp set. All of these cards use Whisper White, Basic Black, Poppy Parade, and Granny Apple Green.
The piece of Basic Black cardstock was then layered on Whisper White cardstock before being added to the card front. I added three Basic Rhinestones to the side to give it a little extra bling. Finally, I attached the card front to a Poppy Parade card base.
The front is Whisper White cardstock layered on Basic Black. I added a strip of black and white striped paper, also layered on black, to the front before layering on the circle, the poppy, and the greeting. I finished by attaching the card front to a Whisper White card base.
All this black, white, red, and green is so fresh and bright it makes me think of summer, despite the piles of snow outside my door!
I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to patterned paper. It's so pretty that I want it all! Patterned paper also makes it easy to create cards quickly.
The next set of cards feature patterned paper from three different sets of DSP. On some of the cards, I even mixed paper from different sets.
The ribbon on the front is the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon from the January-June Mini Catalog. However, I wanted Petal Pink ribbon. Luckily, the Stampin' Blends color this ribbon beautifully. I held it to the brush tip of the dark Petal Pink Stampin' Blend and pulled the ribbon across the marker. In just a few moments it was dry and ready to tie around my card front. I then attached the whole thing to a Purple Posy card base.
I stamped a greeting from the Friend Like You stamp set in Melon Mambo ink on a circle of Whisper White cardstock cut with the Layering Circles dies. I added this to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I attached the card front to a Melon Mambo card base.
I absolutely love using patterned papers and letting it shine as the star of the show on my cards. I hope that I've inspired you to pull out some of your own patterned paper and use it!
Watercoloring on Colored Cardstock
Last week, I talked about making cards from my scrap bin. These card fronts were languishing in my bin waiting to be turned into cards. I had tried this technique a while back and for some reason I never finished off the cards.
I'm in love with these dinosaurs! They are so much fun and the sentiments that go with them really take the cake. While these stamps are great for little kids, big kids will love them too! I think this is my go-to stamp set for sending cards to college kids.
The Dino Days stamp set is Roarsome!