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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Faux Airbrush Technique is "BEE"utiful for the Craft Stamper Take It, Make it Challenge #1

Happy Tuesday! I am sharing a project that I'm submitting to the Craft Stamper Magazine's first Take It, Make It Blog Challenge

I used the Faux Airbrushing Technique to create a warm, honey background to compliment my stamped and DIY embossed honeycomb. It might be a little difficult to see, but you might notice that my paper is stamped AND also looks embossed. Well, it is. I made my own embossing template using the stamp. If you attend my weekly demos at the Saturday Crafts Fair on Linqto, I previously shared how I make custom embossing template for my stamps {CLICK HERE to view demo}.

I started by using several Ranger Distress Inks to add color to my Kromecote cardstock base with the faux airbrush technique. After heat setting ink, I ran the paper and handmade embossing template through my Cuttlebug. I rubbed some more ink over the high points gently to accentuate the embossing, then stamped the "Six Hexagon Background #19076" randomly in places. Now my beautifully golden honeycomb background is complete.

I stamped the bees into the background using Jet Black Staz-On Ink and also stamped each bee onto clear acetate. I also stamped each bee's wings onto a Miracle Sheet. What is a MIRACLE SHEET??? It's a full 8 1/2" x 11" page of MIRACLE TAPE - a super strong double-sided adhesive perfect for making all sorts of projects, die-cut shapes and making DIY Washi Tape, too. On the backside of the acetate, I colored the body and head of each bee using a Sharpie Gold Paint Pen. I trimmed out the wings out of Miracle Sheet, then gently peeled off backing and applied to backside of acetate to corresponding stamped wing sections.

After burnishing down my miracle tape wings, I remove backing and dusted the sticky back adhesive with Ranger Perfect Pearls in pearl to give wings a glittery iridescence. I fussy cut each bee out of the acetate and slightly bent each wing. I adhered each bee to the background using Diamond Glaze - only putting adhesive behind the bodies and legs. I left the wings free to have depth and dimension.

To finish this off I'm placed this in a black wood frame from the Dollar Tree. It's a bit rough and rustic looking and will be the perfect home for my "Hive of Bees".

Supplies used: STAMPS - Six Hexagon Background #19076Bee Facing Left #1708Bee Facing Right #1820, and Bee Wings Open #1926; Also used Kromecote cardstock; Miracle Sheet; Jet Black Staz-On Ink; Clear Acetate; Sharpie Gold Paint Pen; Sakura Gelli Stardust Pen; Diamond Glaze; Ranger Distress Markers, Several colors of Ranger Distress Inks {Old Paper, Antique Linen, and Frayed Burlap}; Ranger Embossing Ink, and Ranger Perfect Pearls {Pearl}.

Thanks for dropping by - BTW there's still time for you to enter this challenge. The deadline is April 5th. CLICK HERE for the DETAILS.

Spring is right around the corner...right? Hope the rest of your day is sunny and warm! Sb :)


  1. Fab entry for the Craft Stamper Challenge - thanks for taking the time to enter.

  2. Your background has so much depth and those bees! All of your extra effort worked wonderfully! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  3. love the theme for this, very striking!! Thank you for playing along with the Craft Stamper Challenge!


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