Did you know that some of the images – flowers and bees – in the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) can be die-cut using dies from the Detailed Bees Dies? Yesterday I spent some time going through the DSP to identify which images this applies to! I didn’t finish checking all the sheets of DSP because I had a great idea for creating today’s card. I think this would make a great masculine card – what do you think?
My first die-cuts were some gold and white large and medium-sized bees. The next die I found that cut out an image was the branch with leaves that tilted to the left. Once I found an image that was easy to die-cut, I cut several of them. I will keep them in a small Ziploc bag together with the DSP. This is what I did with the Butterfly DSP that was on offer during last year’s Sale-a-bration!
Back then I found it so helpful to have a supply of butterflies die-cut and ready to go! It will be a lot easier this year with the bees because they are either black and white or gold and white. I remember with the butterflies, I often went to the bag for butterflies of a certain colour and found every colour but the colour I needed for the project I was working on!
Back to today’s card! Once I had die-cut several branches, I found a Whisper White CS die-cut circle which measures about 2.75 inches. I wanted to use as a guide to making a wreath! As I was arranging the branches around the circles, I thought how nice the branches would look adhered to the circle with a lovely sentiment inside.
I chose the WISHING YOU A LOVELY DAY sentiment from the Forever Lovely Stamp Set. It fitted inside the circle perfectly. Before I went too far, I decided to put my card together so I could make sure the circle with the branches would fit onto the top layer comfortable. I chose the honeycomb black and gold DSP, which I adhered to a layer of Gold Foil, which I then layered onto a Basic Black CS card base.
I tried the circle on the card portrait style and then landscape and decided that the latter looked best. By now I was thinking this would be a great masculine card so I wasn’t planning to add any ribbons or any jewels! I noticed a strip of gold foil sitting on my desk from when I was cutting my layers to size and decided to add it onto the top layer from side to side and going under the circle.
When I was laying the branches on the circles to see if they fitted, I found five worked perfectly but it was a different story when I started to do it for real! LOL! I’m not sure how that happened but it was quite easy to sort it out by cutting one branch a bit shorter than the others. I was really pleased with how this card turned out! To complete the card it needed to have something added other than gems, ribbons and bows.
The obvious answer was to use three of the gold bees I’d already die cut. I adhered one to the circle and two on the top layer of DSP using Dimensionals on all of them. Inside the card, I added a layer of Gold Foil and a top layer of Whisper White CS. To decorate the top layer I adhered two more of the medium-sized gold bees in the bottom right-hand. I also fussy cut a small gold beehive and adhered that behind the bees!
That’s about it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow, and in the meantime, happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8” First layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½” Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
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