March 14, 2015


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This large bee has always been a challenge to work with so I seldom use it. But, on this tag, I've finally produced a result I'm satisfied with.

I stamped and embossed the images on watercolor paper then covered them with masking fluid.

Using a variety of Distress Stains, I tinted the background and spritzed on some watered-down white acrylic paint.

Then I removed the mask and applied watercolor paints over the images.

I did some additional stamping at the base using Archival Ink and made a stab at lettering with fine-tip pens and paint. I felt it needed the heart to help with balance and keep it from looking so serious.

I'm linking to the Monday blog challenge at SSS where this week's theme is the letter B. There's no way I would have missed this one! ☺

On a side note, the geek in me wants to wish everyone a very special Happy Pi Day (a-pi-dae, my blog post title, get it?). This year's celebration is extra special due to the date representing the first five digits of Pi (π), 3-14-15, a confluence that won't happen again for a hundred years. To celebrate I'll be eating pie.

Apidae is the scientific naming classification for many types of bees.

Stamp credit: Violets Floral Fantasy by Stampworkz


  1. This is absolutely exquisite ~ such a wonderful piece of artwork! Thank you so much for sharing your project and for joining us over on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! :)

  2. Hi Beulah, gorgeous tag. That is a magnificent bee, love it.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

  3. That is a gorgeous bee. You did a beautiful job of creating this. The additions of the violets was a wonderful idea. They're stunning.

    Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    Did you eat pie yesterday? :) It was quite a celebrated event here. My husband is quite the nerd. And I love him for that, so yes, we had pi.

  4. I don`t like to work with big images, too, but you did awesome the colour combo!
    Hope the pie was good :)