How cute are these bees from the new July Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp?! I have been enjoying exploring gouache, but for today, my traditional watercolours called my name to get lovely texture in the honeycomb. I’ve linked all supplies at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used where possible at no cost to you.
I started by stamping the honeycomb images from the Bee Yourself set in clear embossing ink on Arches Hot Pressed watercolour card and white heat embossing. I find the smooth texture of the hot pressed card is the best when trying to get a good impression required for heat embossing. I then watercoloured the panel with Daniel Smith paints with Quinacridone Gold being a key player and splattered with leftover paint, iridescent gold paint and white gouache.
I stamped three of the bee images in Versfine Onyx Black ink (an excellent waterproof ink) and again watercoloured. I added in a few deeper shadows with Faber Castell pencils and dotted a few highlights with a white gel pen. I added Star Dust Stickles to the wings for a bit of sparkle. I foam mounted the bees to the watercoloured panel and added a double layer of foam under the wings, so they tipped up for extra dimension. I also added a little Crystal Glaze to some of the honeycomb hexagons for that luxurious dripping honey look.
For the sentiment, I stamped one of the Bee Yourself greetings in clear embossing ink on Black card from the kit and white heat embossed before trimming to a banner and adding to the panel with foam adhesive.
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Summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D