Tuesday 11 November 2014

Bumblebee for Country View Crafts

I wanted to create something for the other half of my blog title as I had made my butterfly box for the first sample in this month’s challenge at CVC. Have you had a chance to join in yet? Don’t forget there’s a great voucher to be won from Country View Crafts shop
I started with Tim’s monoprint technique using the honeycomb stencil and mustard seed, spiced marmalade and black soot distress paints. and created the hexagonal patterned background. There was alot of paint left on my mat so I spritzed a tag with water and I wiped the paint up on it and got a completely different effect to make a tag another day.
Dry the paint and then blend scattered straw, dried marmalade, tea dye and pumice stone Dis over. Distress and edge the tag with walnut stain, add some light texture stamping and some remnant rubs and/or label letters to create text.
The bee was created using Tim’s layered bee die. I started with foil tape over card and die-cut and embossed the bee and then I had great fun. First of all I used rusting powder to create a dark and textured base and I added some alcohol inks in the gaps and blended over treasure gold.
I then began to layer distress paints, sanding in places to knock back the colours. I was beginning to see a bee emerge but knew it needed something else.
So I sanded back the wings more to try and get them to look shiny as if they were translucent and also sanded the body and took the black soot and mustard seed distress paint dabbers and rubbed them over to get more bee like colours. Now I was happier with it, in fact those wings look as though they have got pollen all over them.
I gathered together other bits I wanted to use, altering the charm and word band with paints and coffee archival ink.
And put it all together.
Don’t you just love how the bee really looks to be resting, but wings at the ready to take off.
Thanks to Trace for the theme this month, I love playing with bees and butterflies images and thanks to you too for staying with me at the moment.


hugs Brenda xxx


sally said...

That's a beautiful bee Brenda - I love to see them in my heather bushes in the warm weather, though I have to keep an eye on the dog when he decides to check them out, it's brought a memory back on a "dreich" day!


Sophie said...

Mein Gott, Brenda...
was für ein Tag...
die Biene sieht so lebensecht aus, das ich es kaum glauben kann.
Wie hast du das bloss gezaubert?!
Ein Traum von einem Tag.

Herzlichst Sophie xx

debby4000 said...

Gosh you tag is amazing, especially love the bee.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda, just love these insects, beeeeeautiful!
Angela x

hazel said...

A fabulous tag Brenda, I just love that bumble bee.
xxx Hazel.

massofhair said...

Beautiful Tag, the layered dies from TH are amazing and look very life like indeed:-) xxx

Gram's Treasures said...

Fantastic looking bee, Brenda! Of course, we won't be seeing them anymore this year.
Joyce xx

Juliz Design Post said...

Wow Brenda, your bee is fantastic. Very life like.
Julie x

Deborah said...

Love that inky honeycomb base. Love the finished tag even more, especially now the weather's turned cold and the bees have gone.

Deborah said...

Love that inky honeycomb base. Love the finished tag even more, especially now the weather's turned cold and the bees have gone.

Deborah said...

Love that inky honeycomb base. Love the finished tag even more, especially now the weather's turned cold and the bees have gone.

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda,
The Tag is amazing with that very life-like Bee.
The process for obtaining your palette is always great to read, and I have to agree the Black soot on his/her body was the perfect final addition.

Meggymay said...

A fantastic tag, love how you made the bee look as if it had come to life.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous bee tag, just gorgeous!

Terry said...

Stunning tag, Brenda! That bumble bee is incredible! Hugs!

Sylvie Collet said...

Gorgeous tag Brenda! I love your bee!!!!

1CardCreator said...

This is gorgeous! Love the bee! ~Diane

Unknown said...

beautiful work you have done it is wonderful

Karin said...

wow this is stunning!
Groetjes Karin

Juls said...

Love it :-) xx

Marjie Kemper said...

A super tag! Love how you did the honeycomb.