Sunday, 17 May 2009

Buzzing Around

Here's another piece of artwork made for a Persnickety group art mingle with a bee theme.

I love this Close to My Heart bee stamp, so I was glad to have an excuse to use it! The card also has a circle stamp from Stampin' Up!, which I punched with my Creative Memories circle punch. You can tell that I am an equal opportunity spender! LOL!

I did two different backgrounds for this card -- one is simply stamped with the bee and black dye ink; the other uses the stamp and adds doodles. Sometimes, you need to take a photo of your artwork to really see which one works better. I think the doodle helps to add visual interest to the card, whereas the bee without doodle might be too plain. What does your eye tell you?

The monotone background was perfect for allowing my featured bee to pop off the page. First of all, I shaded the bee with Copic markers. Then I used a very old technique of embossing over the image with thick clear UTEE embossing powder. I actually do this alot because I love the way the VersaMark embossing ink and the UTEE powder actually change the color, tone, depth and texture of the stamped image. Hint: Cut out the bee AFTER you have heat set and embossed it.

Velvet ribbon in yellow and black gives a feel of the bees fuzzy body.