Ooh it’s nippy out! After the snowstorm a couple of days ago it’s pretty, but cold. Winter has hardly begun but I’m already counting down the days until spring. I’m looking forward to warmer weather and the return of colour and critters to our yard. For now though I’ll have to content myself by creating spring-like projects in my craft studio. For today’s simple Sunday project I was drawn to the Honeybee Home Stamp Set. Designing this card was really easy with the coordinating Heart & Home Designer Series Paper (DSP) to help me.
HEART & HOME
I began with the Heart & Home 12″ x 12″ DSP as my inspiration. I chose two different patterns from the pack and from there selected my colour scheme. I wanted a paler card base so went with Petal Pink. Then for the darker mats I chose Cinnamon Cider, with Basic White as my neutral.
Using my Paper Trimmer I cut and scored some Petal Pink Card. Then I folded it along the scored line, sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder and set it aside.
Next from the floral paper I cut a 2-7/8″ x 4-5/8″ piece. Then from the bumblebee pattern I cut a piece 2-1/4″ x 2-1/4″.
With that done I needed to cut the mat layers from Cinnamon Cider Card, each one 1/8″ larger than the layer it was for. So I cut two pieces; one 3″ x 4-3/4″ and the other 2-3/8″ x 2-3/8″. Then using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I mounted the DSP onto their respective mats.
I just needed a few more card pieces before I was ready to move on… So from Basic White Card I cut one piece 1-5/8″ x 2″ that I’d need for my sentiment. Then I cut a 1-3/4″ x 2-1/8″ piece of Cinnamon Cider as a mat for the sentiment layer. Finally I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card that I’d use to line the card base.
Now I needed to do a little stamping using the Honeybee Home Stamp Set.
First I chose the “Miss you” sentiment and stamped it onto my small Basic White piece using Cinnamon Cider ink. With that done I glued the sentiment onto the Cinnamon Cider mat. Then, after adding a few Champagne Rhinestone Basic Jewels, I put it with my collection of prepared pieces.
By this point I’d decided to use a honeybee image from the stamp set as my coordinating feature for the project. There’s three different bee images in the set but I chose the one that matched the image on the smaller of the two pieces of DSP.
So first, using Cinnamon Cider I stamped the bee in the centre at the top of the Basic White layer. Then I stamped him in the middle of the flap on a Basic White Medium Envelope. At last I was ready to put everything together.
I began by using liquid glue to fix the large basic white piece inside the card base. Then on the front of the card base I glued the larger of the two layered DSP pieces.
Over the top of the first DSP layer I added the smaller one, this time using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then I added the sentiment over the top of this layer, stacking the Stampin’ Dimensionals where the piece extended past the edges of the layer below.
In next to no time my simple card was complete.
I’m really pleased with how this card turned out. It’s really pretty but so easy to put together and the layout would work with lots of other patterned papers too.
If you missed my first honeybee project you’ll find it in my blog post Honeybee Home easel calendar for 2022.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Honeybee Home Stamp Set in a bundle with the coordinating Honeybee Booms Dies (not used today). Using the single ‘bundle’ item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle below in case you want to explore that option for yourself.
HEADS UP – Cinnamon Cider is one of the 2020-2022 In Colors that will be retiring at the end of April. If you haven’t yet got them or want to stock up, now’s the time to do it. Especially since you may earn free Sale-A-Bration products too.
Pam Thompson says
I love this card, Tracy. It is simple but elegant.
I always seems to have a problem with glueing paper to card – it tends to buckle and go a bit wavy – technical terms 😅
Tracy Elsom says
Thank you Pam. OK let’s talk glue and paper. #1 The patterned paper I use is Stampin’ Up!’s Designer Series Paper. This is much heavier than regular paper, or other scrapbook papers you might buy elsewhere. For this reason it isn’t as prone to buckling and warping (I use that term too) in the way other papers are. #2 Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) is my glue of choice because it allows me to slide the pieces into where I really want them to be, as opposed to where I initially put them. However it’s REALLY strong so after 30 seconds it’s not going anywhere and my card won’t fall apart (which is a real danger with cheaper adhesives). #3 The sliding action helps distribute the glue a bit, reducing any ridges that might be tempted to form. #4 If you’re using Multipurpose Liquid Glue like me, don’t be tempted to use too much. I’ve seen some cardmakers put it around the edge and then great squiggles of it over the centre. I rarely if ever do that, just a thin bead of glue about 1/4″ in around the edge of the piece is all I use. This 1/4″ allows for the ‘slide’ without it seeping out. Try this… get two pieces of scrap card and put a thin bead of glue around the edge of one then stick them together with a little slide action. Leave them for a minute and then try to prise them apart. You’ll find that they’re stuck fast. It’s a test I give all my customers who are tempted to use too much Tombow glue. Of course it does mean they use less and buy less which doesn’t help my sales figures, but hopefully it means they’ll spend their crafting budget on other things that actually show on their projects.
Pam Thompson says
Thanks for the reply, Tracy. I mostly use SU paper & Tombow too, but I now realise I have been using too much glue. As you have said many people use it all around the edge and in the middle and that’s what I have been doing too. Not any more though! Thank you 😊
Tracy Elsom says
You’re quite welcome Pam