Hey there everyone! I am so excited about what I am about to share with you that I am literally buzzing around! We are going to talk all about using dies to make stencils for your papercrafting. What an awesome 2-for-1!
First, let’s talk about the products I’m using today. Hero Arts released their January 2021 My Monthly Hero kit and it is a stunner! (Unfortunately, the kit is sold out) The kit includes an amazing 6×8 clear stamp set that includes a large floral image, single florals and the most adorable chubby bees. The included dies cut out the florals and bees. The die I’m most excited about and will be using in this technique is the honeycomb die. It’s perfect to make a stencil with.
Because honeycombs are repeating geometric shapes, a stencil cut with a honeycomb die can easily be moved and laid down in different places around a card panel to continue the pattern with ink blending. That’s exactly what I did to make this panel for the card. You can see this in action in my video on my YT channel.
Once the panel was created, then it was time to move on to the bees. I am very, I mean very, new to alcohol markers. I love the effects you can get with them but I am by no means good at it. Because the bees have such a small areas to color, I decided to color them with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used 3 different shades of yellow and I think they turned out so cute! I also applied a very pale blue to the wings, as well as a little Spectrum Noir shimmer pen to give the a translucent appearance. These bees definitely gave me the confidence to try coloring more.
To finish the card, I heat embossed one of the punny sentiments from the kit onto some black cardstock. I popped the sentiment, as well as the bees, up with foam and adhered them to the card.
To get some good practice, I actually made 2 cards – one with a bit of a white border and the other was a full panel. I couldn’t be more pleased with how these 2 came together. To see the card creating in action, check out the video on my YouTube channel.
Here is a list of some of the products that were used to make these cards.
- Neenah Classic Crest 80lb Paper – https://amzn.to/2NqyhLn
- Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink – https://amzn.to/3sMTLSD
- Mustard Seed Distress Ink – https://amzn.to/3c6F3jP
- Wild Honey Distress Ink – https://amzn.to/2Y3Xi14
- Taylored Expressions Blender Brushes – https://tinyurl.com/y5wmnden
Thank you for stopping by and have a great day! Enjoy!
Robin, The Delta Crafter