Finally! I finally got to play a little bit with some of my goodies from my latest Honey Bee Stamps haul.
Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks have been a little stressful and I feel like I’m finally getting out a temporary funk! I didn’t make this card for anyone specific, but it did act as a bit of a reminder and encouragement to myself to keep up a positive attitude, despite some bumpy and undesirable experiences that have cropped up.
What I did first was stamp several images in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on my card front from the Stick With Me stamp set. I used the Hexagon stencil (not sure this is on sale, but I think I received this as a promotional item during the last big sale) and strategically laid it over the images so that the hexagon framed a majority of the image. I used sponge daubers to messily sponge on ink with Simon Says Stamp Lemon Zest, Hollyhock, Jellybean and Willow. The green and yellow inks were layered for the greenery *(leaves and cacti) and then HollyHock for the stand-alone flowers. I used a couple lightTonic Studios Nuvo alcohol markers to color the leaves (or are they flowers?) above the cacti.
I thought about leaving the card alone but I really wanted to use my FAVORITE sentiment from the Prickly Sentiments stamp set : “Bloom where you are planted”. I love that sentiment so much so, I recently purchased a Mantra Band with the same saying as a daily reminder for myself. A lot has changed and happened since we’ve moved to Texas and despite some surprises and disappointments (I’m the queen of expectations!), I must remind myself to make the best of any situation.
The sentiment surprised me a bit by being a bit longer than I expected, so I had to let it overhang on the card front (which I typically don’t do). I stamped the sentiment in the HollyHock ink on some beautiful Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes paper. I cut a couple more banners in different paper colors from this paper pad and attempted to layer them for added interest.
Real talk, I wasn’t a big fan of cacti and succulents a year ago. Since it’s been so trendy and I’ve seen some awesome projects, this trend has definitely grown on me!
Honey Bee Stamps Prickly Sentiments Stamp Set
Honey Bee Stamps Stick With Me Stamp Set
Honey Bee Stamps Hexagon Stencil
Simon Says Stamp inks in: Lemon Zest, HollyHock, Jellybean, and Willow
Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad
Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banners die cuts
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Tonic Studios Nuvo Alcohol-based markers in #449 and $453