Monday, July 16, 2018

The Queen Bee

Hi Everyone,
Jess here today with a bee-utiful tag to share.

 I am in love with the new Alphabet Stencils that will be coming to the store! They look like old fashioned stencils, but don't come with the huge price tag.
Start by embossing your chosen letter using the new 3d embossing folders from Sizzix.  To get the impression really crisp it is recommended to spritz your substrate(in this case chipboard) with water.  Once it's run through you can heat dry it or let it air dry.  Press in a book to get it flat it it curls.
Cover the stencil with Black Soot Distress Oxide ink using a blending tool.  Using your finger add Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Grab your Distress Crayon in Tarnished Brass to highlight the high points of the embossed areas.  Vintage paper grounds the stencil and makes it pop.
Make your background paper using Mixed Media Heavystock. Cover the entire sheet with various shades of Yellow Distress Ink.  Add Distress Oxides in Fossilized Amber and Antique Linen. Stamp the Glorious Bouquet Stamp using Archival Ink in Coffee.  Stamp wildflowers and honeycomb from the Mixed Media Set Using Oxides.  While the ink is still wet use a clean blending foam and smudge the image.   Use the paper to cover one of the giant Tag Super X.  This tag was was bit larger than I wanted for this project, so I cut a couple inches off the bottom.
Emboss your Bee with Oil Rubbed Bronze Embossing Powder from Emerald Creek.  Rub the bee in Distress Oxide Ink in Black Soot and spritz with water.  Set aside to dry.  
Adhere your stencil and add alpha dice.  
Play with the placement of the Honeycomb.  Once you are happy emboss the honeycomb using Charred Gold Embossing powder from Emerald Creek.  Add the alphabet dice just below the stencil.  

Cut out a circle to use as your reinforcer. Emboss metal tape using a 3d embossing folder and color the tape using alcohol inks.  Emboss the tape using Frosted Crystal Antiquities powder. 
Add a crown to your paper doll and color her necklace using a gel pen. 
Your tag is complete!

Happy Crafting,


  1. Jess, this is fabulous! I love how you have embossed the stencil and the layers look so beautiful! Such an awesome project! Thanks for sharing

  2. So clever, so fun, and so beautiful! LOVE the vintage feel too!

  3. Oh my goodness! Where do I start! That inky background is so delicious that it made my fingertips itch! LOL I adore bees, and you have created such a lovely tribute to them here. The embossed/die cut "B" stencil is stunning. The honeycomb layer is just awesome and then all those pretty little bees buzzing about make my heart happy. I love every gorgeous detail! Thanks so much for joining the "B" Happy Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.

  4. This is so cool Jess! I love everything about it!! Thanks for joining us for the "B" Happy challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie.

  5. Jess,
    this is gorgeous!! Beautiful work,my friend!
    Jackie xx

  6. Love everything about this especially that big beautiful bee! Thank you so much for playing along with us in the Add A Little Sparkle Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog this week :)

  7. Holy cow, Jess! This is gorgeous! Love those rich colors and how you've inked your 3D textured piece. Alphabet Stencils???? Oh, my! I've missed a lot while on vacation! Who makes these? Thank you so much for your inspiration! Hugs!

    1. They are from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts. They are awesome.

  8. Yippee! I'm so excited to see your creative tag took Top Three at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs!

  9. Thank you for the info! I am also here to say congrats on being one of the Designer picks at SSS!


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I've received products/compensation as part of the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Design teams. My projects, however, are 100% my own.