It's always exciting when a new box of Stampin' Up! supplies arrives in the yellow courier van. New toys! First out of the box was the Honey Bee bundle from the new January-June Mini-catalogue. For inspiration for a first try out, I used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.
Although the honey bee stamps, in all their DistINKtive glory, are fabulous I was taken by the two floral stamps. They lend themselves beautifully to direct-to-rubber colouring and that's how I created the flower garden.
The honey bees are stamped in Early Espresso and the wings are coloured with a Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blend and a covering of clear Wink of Stella. The larger one is die cut while the smaller is stamped directly onto the panel and coloured in the same way.
The beautiful gold foiled honeycomb paper is a Sale-abration item: Golden Honey Specialty DSP. You can earn this free with any purchase of $110 or more (excluding postage). The Honey Bee Bundle ($87.25), a pack of Whisper White cardstock ($20.50) and some Dimensionals ($7.25) would earn it for you, as easy as pie!
To tie in with the Rich Razzleberry and Blackberry Bliss of the flowers, I've brayered the bottom of the DSP with Rich Razzleberry, letting it fade out as it moved up the page. I was reminded that I had a brayer and what it was for by a card done by my Colour Inkspiration teammate, Rachel Palmieri.
Update: Delighted to be a Perfect Princess at Freshly Made Sketches.
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