Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.

As many of you will know, I love creating gift tags, lots of gift tags! Recently I have been making a lot of tags with watercolour elements. I know that a lot of people are wary of water-colouring but if you start simple you can create stunning projects and, the more you practice, the better you will get. With that in mind I wanted to explain how I created this gorgeous Honey Bee gift tag with a watercolour background.

Let’s make it…

I start by cutting out my basic tag shape. For this I trim a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper to 2″ x 4″ and use either the Scalloped Tag Topper or Delightful Tag Topper punch for the top, and the Detailed Trio Punch for the bottom corners.

Next I stamped the bee image and the sentiment in Stazon Jet Black ink. It is important to use the correct type of ink at this stage because anything water-based will smudge when you apply the water.

The first step in creating the watercolour wash is to apply the water to the paper. I like to use quite a thick brush at this stage but you can experiment to see what you find easiest. You need to apply a reasonable amount of water but don’t completely flood the paper. Again experiment until you achieve the desired result.

I then press my smallest Clear Block (A) into the required ink pad so that it becomes a mini pallet. In this case I used Pineapple Punch. Pick the ink up off the block using an Aqua Painter and touch it onto the wet watercolour paper. The ink will quickly transfer and start to spread. Keep applying the ink until you achieve the required shade. I then leave it to dry naturally but you can use a heat gun if you’re in a rush (be careful though as it may move the water and ink around).

Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

As I finishing touch, I have used a length of Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon.

As with most things in crafting, the key here is not to be afraid to experiment. Try different brushes, different amounts of water and different amounts of ink until you are happy with the results. The great thing about tags is that they are a small, less intimidating canvas and if it doesn’t work you have only used a small amount of paper. You’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think and then you can move on to bigger projects or colouring images rather than just creating a background wash.

Next time…

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

If you would like to purchase any of the items featured in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

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Honey Bee Card

Hello, and welcome to the first instalment of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. This is a brand new stamp set, featured in the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue (see page 30). It is available as a bundle so you can save 10% if you purchase the stamp set and coordinating dies together. And it gets even better because if you spend £45 during the Sale-A-Bration promotion (3rd Jan – 31st Mar 2020) you’ll be eligible to receive the coordinating Golden Honey Speciality Designer Series Paper (DSP) for FREE!

The Honey Bee stamp set features two bee images, two flowers, a bee hive and 5 sentiments. The coordinating Detailed Bee dies cut out all of the main images as well as a honeycomb, hearts and an extra detailed bee. They might even cut out images from the DSP (wink, wink).

The first project I’d like to share with you is a quick and simple card.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Daffodil Delight cardstock and I have stamped the smaller bee image directly onto the card base in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I have stamped the image multiple times and at various different angles to create a background. The 2.25″ circle punch is used to cut out a circle from Basic Black cardstock and this is adhered to the card front. Next I have cut out the honeycomb from Gold Foil Sheets and adhered this to the Basic Black circle. I found it easiest to use a small strip of Tear & Tape to secure the honeycomb where it would be hidden by the sentiment piece.

The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then trimmed to size. This has been adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I have stamped the larger bee image onto Daffodil Delight cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is adhered to the sentiment piece again using dimensionals.

The sentiment is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then trimmed to size. This has been adhered using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Finally, I have stamped the larger bee image onto Daffodil Delight cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This is adhered to the sentiment piece again using dimensionals.

I hope you agree that despite being quick and simple, this card is really effective. The sentiment is beautiful and would brighten anyone’s day and the gold foil adds that little bit of shine.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. Please join me again next week for more inspiration. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at: helen@papercraftlife.com

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in today’s project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

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Painted Poppies Card

Hello, and welcome to the fifth, and final, instalment of my Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies Stamp Set Showcase. If you have missed parts 1 to 4 you can find them here… part 1, 2, 3 and 4. Next week I’ll start a brand new Showcase using the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set.

Having shown you a gift bag and fancy envelope on the latest showcase blogs, I wanted to go back to a handmade card this week. I wanted to incorporate some of the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! Peaceful Poppies DSP but by using subtle elements of it rather than using it as the whole card front. The colour scheme I have chosen come from the DSP and is Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive.

Let’s make it…

The card base is created from Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I have then cut a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White cardstock. Onto this a have stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink using the two texture stamps included in the set. I love texture stamps because they can be used to fill as much, or as little, white space as you desire! I have cut a couple of strips of DSP and adhered these to the card front. The poppy outlines have been stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then they have been in-filled in Blackberry Bliss ink. These have been cut out using the coordinating Stampin’ Up! Painted Labels dies.

The card base is created from Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I have then cut a slightly smaller layer of Whisper White cardstock. Onto this a have stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink using the two texture stamps included in the set. I love texture stamps because they can be used to fill as much, or as little, white space as you desire! I have cut a couple of strips of DSP and adhered these to the card front. The poppy outlines have been stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then they have been in-filled in Blackberry Bliss ink. These have been cut out using the coordinating Stampin’ Up! Painted Labels dies.

Similarly, the leaf outlines were first stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, in-filled in Old Olive ink and cut out using the coordinating dies. One of the poppies is adhered directly to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the other is raised up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Similarly, the leaf outlines were first stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, in-filled in Old Olive ink and cut out using the coordinating dies. One of the poppies is adhered directly to the card front using Multipurpose Liquid Glue and the other is raised up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

For the sentiment piece, I have stamped onto Whisper White cardstock using Blackberry Bliss ink. The sentiment comes from the Stampin’ Up! Timeless Tulips stamp set. This is cut out using one of the Painted Labels dies and adhered using dimensionals.

I think this card looks clean and simple without looking stark. The strips of DSP help to highlight the colours used for the poppies and the leaves and tie the whole thing together.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post and the rest of my Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies Showcase. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at: helen@papercraftlife.com

Next time I will be featuring the brand new Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set and, let’s face it, who doesn’t love bees?!

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in today’s project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click here or on the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

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Painted Poppies Gift Bag

Hello, and welcome to the 4th instalment of my Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies Stamp Set Showcase. If you have missed parts 1-3 you can find them here (part 1, part 2, part 3).

This week I’d like to show you a project using the Stampin’ Up! Copper Dotted Treat Bags. These bags are really cute on their own but you can really step them up with a little embellishment.

Let’s make it…

In this case, I have cut 5 leaves and the swirly label out of Copper Foil Sheets using the Painted Labels dies which are part of the Painted Poppies bundle. I have also cut the largest label out of Whisper White cardstock.

To create the two poppies, I first stamped the ‘in-fill’ stamp onto Whisper White cardstock in ‘second generation’ Soft Suede ink. This simply means that once I had inked up the stamp, I stamped onto my grid paper and then onto the Whisper White (without reinking the stamp). I really want to do another version of this project using Rococo Rose as the ‘in-fill’ because it seems to coordinate so well with metallics. I then heat embossed the poppy images in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. These were cut out using the coordinating dies.

To create the two poppies, I first stamped the ‘in-fill’ stamp onto Whisper White cardstock in ‘second generation’ Soft Suede ink. This simply means that once I had inked up the stamp, I stamped onto my grid paper and then onto the Whisper White (without reinking the stamp). I really want to do another version of this project using Rococo Rose as the ‘in-fill’ because it seems to coordinate so well with metallics. I then heat embossed the poppy images in Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder. These were cut out using the coordinating dies.

I layered and adhered all of my die cuts and attached to the gift bag using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch is provided by one of the Mini Library Clips which keeps the bag closed.

I layered and adhered all of my die cuts and attached to the gift bag using Stampin’ Dimensionals. The final touch is provided by one of the Mini Library Clips which keeps the bag closed.

I think these Treat Bags are fabulous for small gifts, table favours or even gift cards. The use of metallics creates a really luxurious look which I’m sure your recipient will adore!

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this blog post. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below or email me at: helen@papercraftlife.com

I hope you can join me again next week for more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies stamp set.

If you would like to purchase any of the items used in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Product list…

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