Monday, July 20, 2015

Bee and Flower

I think I may have come across the Fab Friday challenge as I was making my rounds through my favorite blogs.  I immediately knew that I would play along.  This was one of those cards that you formulate in your head for a while.  Here is the sketch:


I decided that I wanted to score the lines around the main image rather than create a layer, pierce or draw the lines.  As I contemplated the main image I wanted to use, I worried over the what to use for the embellishment in the upper left.  I knew I didn't want a bow, button or flower.  Maybe some kind of punched shape with a sentiment?  Finally it hit me!  I would use a large flower image as the main image and a bee as the embellishment.

When I sat down to make the card I mulled over the best way to create the deeply scored square around the main image.  I usually use the scoring blade on my paper cutter but it doesn't always give a deep impression.  I thought watercolor paper might be a good choice as the paper fiber is a little more flexible and might score better plus I like the texture of the paper.  I glanced at my Thinlits dies and had an eureka moment.  I have a great little set of square nesting dies with rounded corners - perfect!  I ran the die through my big shot with the cutting blade away from the paper with an impression pad.  I got the wonderfully deep scored impression I was looking for with the added bonus that my flower image could be cut with the next smaller die.  I added a sentiment from a new Paper Smooches set and a little Wink of Stella on the bee's wings.  Done!


Here is a close up of the bee.  I hope you can see the shimmer.  Ahh Wink of Stella, where have you been all of my life?  I just picked this up a few days ago and I think I have used it 3-4 times already.  Shimmer with no mess - LOVE it!

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Thanks for Stopping by!

Happy Stamping,
Dana


10 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous! Clean & Simple ALWAYS makes my heart flutter and believe me, it fluttered big time when I saw this card! Adding the sentiment in the bottom corner with the same color of ink creates lovely diagonal movement across the card!

    The watercolor paper is divine and your embossing idea is brilliant! Thanks for sharing this great (and resourceful) idea!

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    1. Thank you SO much Geri! I am so glad you like the card and I appreciate your encouragement.

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  2. Your *eureka* moment paid off immeasurably, Dana, as your card is absolutely breath-taken-away stunning! Your flower and bee combination is brilliant - and lovely - especially with the Wink of Stella sparkle! In awe...complete awe!
    ~c

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    1. I really appreciate your comment C! It is amazing to receive such nice praise.

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  3. This is definitely a winner in my book, Dana! Brilliant use of the die to emboss around that gorgeous flower and the bee is a glittery delight! You know me, too, I've written to WOS to ask if they can sell that schtuff to me in gallon-size refills!! Hugs, Darnell

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    1. Thanks Darnell, you are always so great at raising one's spirits! Sign me up for the gallon refills! :)

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  4. Wow, perfect embossing idea - and I LOVE that bee - so snazzy! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

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    1. Thanks Heather! The bee does make me smile. Great sketch from Fab Friday!

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  5. I just decided to lok back through your blog and this card blew me away Dana! It's just perfection!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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    1. Aww thanks Di, you just made my day!

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