Hello hello! Grace here.
I hope this finds you relaxing on this fresh Sunday! We’ve got another special treat. The brilliant Jane Telford is back in our virtual bubble, to share a GORGEOUS step-by-step project with us.
I personally have an affinity for bees! Perhaps because of my love of Beyoncé since childhood and bees are her signature ‘thing’. Her fan club is even called the ‘Beyhive’ and I’ve been a proud member since single digits. Or perhaps because bees do so much for our world and we need to save them at all costs!
Either way, this girl LOVES BEES!!!!! Even my bedding has bees on it! And Jane has been kind enough to gift us this tutorial of exactly that. Very happy over here 😀
I’ll hand you over to the pro!
Hi there! For this blog project, I wanted to use some of my favourite things and combine them into a Groovi project for you to have a go at.
As many of you know I love getting inky and particularly like using the Distress Oxide inks. What a revelation to find out that they work so well on parchment too. They make a fantastic colourful background on plain parchment. I have used my 3 favourite colours on this project.
Another favourite thing is using stencils, and again these work equally well on card and on parchment. Clarity makes some fabulous stencils so it’s always worth a look.
Another favourite thing of mine is nature and I am fascinated with bees (just like Gracie!). Having lived and worked in Manchester for a number of years, it seemed apt that as the bee is a recognised symbol on Manchester’s Coat of Arms that I should use a bee in my project today! (wahey, I went to University in Manchester. Another reason to love bees! – Grace)
Let’s get started!
Linda’s 123-D bumble bee, clover & coneflower A4sq plate (GRO-FL-40989-15)
Nested Squares extension & alphabet frame A4sq plate (GRO-WO-40538-15)
Framework squares A4sq plate (GRO-PA-40721-15)
Framework circles A4sq plate (GRO-PA-40722-15)
Celtic alphabet, A4 sq plate mate & sticker tabs plate set (GRO-WO-40906-XX)
Clarity Stencil Brushes (ACC-BR-30006-XX)
Framework circles stencil 7″ x 7″ (STE-PA-00423-77)
Framework squares stencil 7″ X 7″ (STE-PA-00424-77)
Leafy swirl & dotty wave 4 x 4-inch petite stencil set (STE-PA-00376-44)
Feather & script 4 x 4-inch petite stencil set (STE-WO-00420-44)
Distress Oxide Ink – Mustard Seed (INK-DO-50418-XX)
Distress Oxide Ink – Picked Raspberry (INK-DO-50422-XX)
Distress Oxide Ink – Salty Ocean (INK-DO-50424-XX)
Perga liners (PER-CO-70063-XX)
Plain A4 Parchment (GRO-AC-40024-XX)
8×8 card blank (ACC-CA-30620-88)
8 Silver brads (PER-AC-70275-XX)
Pergamano excellent – embossing mat (PER-AC-70075-XX)
Shader embossing tool (PER-TO-70003-XX)
2 needle Bold perforating tool (PER-TO-70279-XX)
Piece of pale blue parchment (GRO-AC-41404-A4)
Low tack tape (ACC-AD-30109-XX)
Step 1. Using plain A4 parchment and the nested square extension plate emboss the 3rd and 4th lines to create a frame.
Step 2. Place the parchment face down on your craft mat and line up the circle Framework stencil within the frame and attach it to the parchment with low tack tape.
Brush yellow oxide ink in diagonal stripes over the stencil and parchment.
Repeat with the blue and the pink overlapping the colours but keeping the stripes going in the same direction.
Carefully remove the tape and stencil.
Step 3. Replace the circles with the squares stencil and repeat the inking but with the stripes going in the opposite direction.
Step 4. Put the circle stencil back over the squares and using the dotty stencil and script stencil add dots and script using pink and blue inks brushed through. Remove all stencils and let the ink dry for about 10 mins.
Step 5. Using the framework square Groovi plate line up with the inky squares one at a time and emboss the square that touches the lines and one out from the inky square to frame it. Repeat on all 4 corners and centre squares.
Step 6. Using the framework circles add circles around the ones you missed out from the squares.
Step 7. Using the bumblebees from the plate add the middle-sized bee to the corner squares facing in different directions. Then add the small bee and flowers to the circles and the words in the centre square.
Step 8. Emboss white work in the wings of the bees using the pink mat and the shader tool. It doesn’t need to be bright white.
Step 9. Use Perga liners B pencils to add colour on the FRONT of the parchment to the bees add flowers.
Step 10. Perforate around the square frame using a 2 needle Bold tool Cut away the waste.
Step 11. Cut a piece of pale blue parchment to 19½cm x 19½cm. Mount the parchment on it using brads to attach it.
Step 12. Mount onto a 8 x 8 card blank.
Voila!! WOW. Grace here! I cannot get over how beautiful and special this card is. Might be one of my all-time favourites. *gasp*
Thank you Jane for sharing your tips and tricks with us!
As usual, all of the ingredients are available HERE
I hope to see many of you recreate this fabulous project! If you do, please feel free to email it to me! I would love to see them… and have my inbox chocker block full of bees! Grace@claritystamp.com
For now though, enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Travel gently…
Don’t forget to tune in to HOCHANDA.com today:
Mum is on from 2pm-4pm with some amazing stamps – perfect for the boys and men in your life. Then Paul is launching a brand new Groovi One Day Special at 6pm & 8pm designed by the lovely Linda Williams.
Lotsa love, Grace & Jane xo
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