Friday, 6 May 2016

Let it shine ........

Hello there again .......

I'm back with another challenge for you (told you it was a busy week!) .... this time it's the Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge, where the theme for May is ......

Like all HLS challenges, we're sponsored by the Happy Little Stampers store, and the winner of the challenge will receive a fabulous HLS stamp set.

There's a few ways to add shine to your projects ....... use mirri card, glitter, glossy accents or a glaze. Emboss with metallic powders, use metallic paints or add foil.
I've used Gilding Flakes to give the shine on my project .......

A few weeks ago I ran a small workshop, where we played around with embossing folders, using them to print/stamp with.  It's such a fun technique with different results every time.

You simply rub your coloured ink onto your embossing folder, spritz with water, place your white card in the middle, close the folder and press ..... and voila!  a great background to work with.

I used the fabulous honeycomb folder from SU which unfortunately has appeared on the latest Retirement List ..... shame!  Inked it with Wild Honey Distress giving me the perfect background for those busy little bees

The shine part comes from the IndigoBlu Gilding Flakes in the Chariot of Fire option ...... I love the rich gold colour.
I simply die cut the word from white card, covered it with Flitter Glu and then dipped it into the flakes. I made sure the word was completely covered, then rubbed away the excess using a soft sponge.
I layered the gilded word onto one cut in black to give it some depth, and then attached it to a strip of black card before adding it to the front of my card.

I then stamped the bees onto the honeycomb, stamped them again onto white card and coloured them before fussy cutting them out and layering them onto the card ..... Bee Happy .... get it!!!?

There's a little bit more of the design on the inside ....

with the words from the HLS Bold Birthday Sentiments

Now it's your turn.  Pop over to the HLS Blog for more inspiration from the Design Team along with our lovely Guest Designer this month .......  KalySto.  You must check out her inspiration piece ... it's amazing!
Happy Stamping!

OK .... that's me done for today.  I've got an early start tomorrow and a shopping list to write ...... not that I'll be sticking to it!!

Thanks for popping by again .....
Not only have I got the craft show to look forward tomorrow but, on Sunday I'm doing a workshop with the lovely Maria Simms .... more crafty fun!

Cheerio until next time .....



  1. OOO, oooo. So happy! I love this Linda. Is the folder still available? And what about that bee!? I love it. What is the brand? Gorgeous, fun, happy card. LOVE.

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Melissa. The embossing folder is currently on the Stampin Up! Retirement list, you could try ordering it, there may be some left. The little bee is from Lavinia Stamps. Hope this helps xx

  2. LOVE the embossing folder stamping technique. Perfect honeycomb background for your sweet bees. Love the shine from the gilding flakes. Great design Linda! xx

  3. I just love that embossing folder Linda! What a great technique too, your card is stunning. I am definitely going to try this one out. Hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend. Hugs, Anne xx

  4. What a wonderful technique Linda and I love your sweet bee theme. Great design! Have fun at the craft show.
    Carol x

  5. An absolutely fabulous card! Love the background you created with the embossing folder.

  6. Inside and out this is a shiny and gorgeous inspiration card, Linda! And thank you for the reminder that I have yet to try inking and spritzing an e/f!! Hugs, Darnell


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