/* */ Beulah Bee: 2022

May 15, 2022

All You're Wishing For

Greeting Card

Still playing with my new stamp (Hero Arts Succulent Bouquet), this time on book paper filled in using another new toy--a white Kuretake ZIG Cartoonist Brush Pen.

The pen's water-based pigment ink is quick drying and water resistant and it was easy to apply color on top using pen ink and colored pencil.

I really like this pen but it's pricey, $7.50 on Amazon, refill cartridges are $5.


I fussy-cut the stamped image leaving a strip of the book paper to anchor it on a background of Memoranda paper stash scraps and the text is a ChitChat sticker.

As a side-note, it must be the effect of today's upcoming lunar eclipse, but I just had a major light-bulb moment regarding photographing my cards. I was really struggling with focus and it turns out, after reading the camera manual (duh), I was shooting too close to the object. Hopefully, you'll start to see a difference moving forward.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

May 13, 2022

Hero Arts Succulent Bouquet

 

I purchased a new stamp set and used it on hot-press watercolor paper. Ever experimenting, I used an olive green shade of Nuvo Crystal Drops to fill some of the leaf areas then couldn't help but throw down some dots around the flower edges.

I created a border with a fine-line marker and green gold Nuvo Glitter Drops. It was mounted on plaid printed paper with a black card stock foundation.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

May 10, 2022

Daylight Dreams

Greeting Card

Sharing a greeting card today that was an experiment using a white Uniball Signo gel pen (first time using one). After stamping (Simon's Sunshine Flowers) with gray archival ink on a scrap of Tim Holtz Paper Stash (Memoranda), I filled-in the image with the pen then applied tinting over the top.

The gel pen ink isn't waterproof so I had to isolate the layer with an aerosol acrylic medium. Tinting became more challenging now that the paper lost it's absorbancy but at least the white ink didn't run.

I glazed over the image with some original, liquid Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles (unfortunately, no longer available) and it provided a nice sheen with subtle glittering (very vintage) and also darkened the colors. The text is a Clippings Sticker.

Would I use this technique again? Yes, it's much easier to use a pen over a paint brush to fill-in detailed stamps like this one. I did use a permanent fixative for the isolation coat because I didn't have the "workable" kind so next time I'll try the later to see if there's a difference when it comes to applying color over the top.

I could just use markers, colored pencils, etc., but what I'm seeking is a nice white background when stamping on pre-printed paper so that the colors will pop.

A side note on Clear Rock Candy: I recently bought the dry form that comes in a jar that is sprinkled over any wet medium. I plan to do some experimenting but I'll be hard pressed to replicate the very liquid, easy-to-spread medium that you just squeezed out of the applicator bottle it originally came in.

Ranger doesn't make any of the liquid Distress Stickles any more but, believe it or not, I still have usable bottles that haven't dried out over the years like the non-Distress Stickles do. They came in squeeze bottles with a larger opening on the applicator tip and since I kept some of these empty bottles, well, stay tuned....

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

April 27, 2022

In the Moment

I've embraced my wilder side today by creating an experimental tag after one of those "wonder what it would look like if..." moments. Here are the details of my technique.

I began with scrapbook paper for the background that's black with printed glittered bees evenly distributed throughout the page.

Then I heat embossed it with the stamped image (Simon's Floral Garden) and painted the inside of the flowers and leaves white. It was easy to scrape paint off the embossing if I went outside the lines by gently using my X-Acto knife.

I tinted the flowers and darkened some of the wings with Pitt Artist Brush Pens.

The text is a Tim Holtz Chipboard Quote peeled away from the chip board so it would lay flat against the tag and embellished with a line of gold Stickles.

 I'm linking up with Simon's Wild and Wonderful challenge.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

April 23, 2022

John 16:33

Sharing a tag made for the Whatever the Weather challenge at Simon that features the Sideshow stamp by Tim Holtz along with a vintage map stamp by Inkadinkado.

I created a stamp resist with clear embossing powder over an already collaged and tinted background. Then I painted over the entire tag with black paint that was wiped off the embossing when it was almost dry.

Because the original surface was sealed with acrylic, I was able to scrap off the embossing then add color to areas like the map and rain drops with permanent ink.

I did a bit of sanding and scraped in the text which references this quote from the bible:

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

April 17, 2022

Sweet Pea

Greeting Card

I traced an image of a Sweet Pea then used watercolor for tint, created a background mask from scrapbook paper and used a fine line marker to create the frame borders.

To create the mask, I used deli paper to trace an outline of the oval and flower parts then inserted the tracing on top of the scrap paper for cutting.

For better emphasis, I later outlined the watercolor drawing. Maybe I am so used to stamped images that the no-line effect just didn't seem right to me.

I used dimensional dots for accent (Scribbles) and I left off any text so that I can customize the card when I'm ready to gift it.

I'm linking up to the Sweet Treat challenge at Simon.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

April 09, 2022

Easter Greetings

Greeting Card

Welcome to a longer post today to explain my inspiration for this greeting card and to share some family memorabilia.

It was made with an old pillow case scrap and I traced a design that was machine- and hand-stitched, tinted with watercolors and framed on texture-embossed mulberry paper.


I took my inspiration from a collection of vintage embroidered postcards sent to my great Aunt Esther by her brother (my grandfather) from France in 1918 when he was a soldier during World War I.


The cards were made with machines that imitated hand embroidery and were provided with patriotic, romantic or religious messages. They were sent home by the officers and soldiers that lived and fought in the trenches of northern France. You can learn more about them here.




These were mailed in an envelope to protect them, were lovingly stored for more than 100 years and are in excellent condition. One has an inscription on the back which reads, "Dear Esther, the money enclosed is worth 17-1/2 cents American money. That's what these postcards cost a piece."

It's worth noting that my aunt was an avid postcard collector so I expect she was overjoyed to receive them. Though her greatest joy, I'm sure, was when the war ended and he returned home. My grandfather was very young when he served and the experience had a detrimental affect on his mental health.


My hope for Easter this year is to see an end to the war in Ukraine and I will pray for it.

I'm linking to Simon this week for their Easter/Spring challenge and my card will be mailed to my good friend, Thelma, who introduced me to card making many years ago.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

H A P P Y   E A S T E R !

April 03, 2022

No. 42


Recycle was the challenge over at Simon so I used the inside of a vintage portrait folder for a support, a layer of peeled cardboard, distress-stained parchment paper, a scrap of printed tissue paper, an altered metallic paper frame and one big, beautiful luna moth (Argema mittrei).


The moth image really inspired me (wouldn't it make a great stamp?) and it was printed, cut-out then mounted on a thick piece of cardboard and the edges were painted black.

I used a scrap of vintage lace and, while I can't explain it, I am always compelled to add dimensional dots which you'll see along one of the paper borders (Nuvo vintage drops). The text is a Clipping Sticker.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.


March 24, 2022

Sunny Bee

Greeting Card

Prompted by Simon's Monday challenge to make something "Bright and Cheerful," I chose to use their Sunflower Garden stamp set and a mix of watercolors.

My somewhat less conventional mounting was done by cutting the watercolor 1/4" from the outside edge leaving two pieces, trimming the inside piece again to create a gap and then reassembling on black cardstock.

The text was die cut in multiples and stacked for dimension. The bee was cut from a pattern and lined with tissue paper to provide body color and luminescent wings.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

March 06, 2022

The Spring of Youth

Greeting Card

I made this card by stenciling with paste over a book page then tinting it with inks. The butterflies were cut from scrap book paper. I stitched it to a card and used dimensional dots and glitter for accents.



I'm linking up to Simon for the weekly challenge, "Use At Least One Stencil."

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

February 23, 2022

Archibald

Greeting Card

I came across an image in a woman's magazine that inspired this greeting card. I used a technique where you make a grid over the original with a smaller scale version on the support you plan to transfer to and took these photos to illustrate.

Here's a link to a video tutorial if you like to know more about this technique.

I used a fine quill pen nib and black india ink to go over my pencil drawing. Then it was simply a matter of tinting it with watercolors.

I finished it off by stamping a patterned border and a greeting. I made a typewritten "portrait" label and machine-stitched it to a piece of mulberry card stock.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

February 17, 2022

State of Emergency

Journal Page
A journal page made with a tree stencil, stamped birds and an image transfer. A true example of working with a "I wonder what this would look like" attitude, it makes for good learning and mad scientist kind of fun. I highly recommend it.

Journal Page
As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.


January 26, 2022

Sweetest Thing

I've used a 20-year old stamp (Stampin' Up) on a scrap from a Somerset Magazine along with a Remnant Rub and 3D pearl drops along the border.

I wanted a background that would emulate the landscape but it was dark and I knew the stamp impression might get lost in it so, after stamping, I filled in it.

First with a layer of watered-down white paint and a tiny brush. Then I went back over the white paint with various Pitt Brush Pens to give it color.

I re-darkened the black stamp lines with an ultra-fine marker, as needed.


As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

January 22, 2022

No. 92

Greeting Card

Mom turns 92 in about a week and this is the card I made for her. I used a stencil and white paint over a piece of scrapbook paper then tinted it slightly with colored pencils and inks.

I glued a scrap of white mulberry paper on the back of a die-cut butterfly then embellished it with glossy accents. The label was hand-made then stamped. The corner bits are just paper hole punches.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.

January 15, 2022

Fashion Backward

Let us resolve, in this new year, to push back against the fashionable narrative. Reality is messy, and it always exceeds our grasp. That is not a counsel of despair; on the contrary. It is rather a call to guerrilla warfare against endlessly repeated banalities and untruths. - John Wilson

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To make this tag, I applied a reproduction of a vintage luggage tag (Cavallini & Co.) on a tag cut from a recycled box and used various inks to distress it. The ladies were cut from an image found on the net and they're standing on a strip of Design Tape (Holtz) and a scrap of sewing pattern tissue. The text was typed in Photoshop, reverse printed and applied using my image transfer technique.

As always, I hope this post finds you well and happy and I appreciate your visit.

Until next time, take care.