Thursday, 28 January 2021

Family Love

 Hi everyone, Great to see so many people doing the most amazing creating. Today I'm here to inspire you to go back and find some of your left overs and even thou this has lots of fussy cutting it is a quick and simple layout to do.

 I used the papers from 'Grateful Heart' kit by Michelle to create this page.

The products included:

- Pages from 'Grateful Heart kit': Blessed (Words1), 'Love' (Side A), ' Faith' (Side B), 'Gathers' (Side A), Black Cardstock 'Together'(Side B edge)

-Colour Shimmer Dust: 'Lush', 'Amber', 'Sunflower', 'Peacock', 'Paris', 'Candy'


Firstly I cut out the flowers, leaves, bird, heart and phrase that I need to layer under the photos are chosen to use. I chose 3 that showcased our beautiful grandies and some of the special moments we cherished. 

I layered a piece of torn white wood 'Faith' paper and the edge of the 'Together' patterned paper over the top of the black 12"x12" cardstock which is in the kit and attached them together with double sided tape.

I use my phone to take photos of different placements of the flowers etc and review the photos to chose my favourite layout. Doing this then provides me with a copy of the final placement to refer back to when I glue it all down finally. I added some torn cardboard under the bird area to lift the bird up to give the page more dimension and with the photo of the boys using the binoculars it worked really well.


Using the colours of Amber, Paris, Sunflower, Candy, Peacock and Lush Colour Shimmer Dust I placed a very small amount into individual sections of the palette and added water to make a watercolour to paint my fussy cut elements. Several layers of colour painted on top of each other in different areas gives more depth to the page. 


For a deeper colour I placed a small amount 'Lush' powder onto my work mat and dipped my wet brush onto the powder and transferred it onto the sections I wanted dark.

I also added some paint along the patterned paper above the title phrase to bring in another colour element to connect the edge with the rest of the painted area. 


Here are some close ups for you to check out.

Thanks for joining me and I hope I inspired you to check out this amazing kit and others at . You can find more inspiration and links on BeeArty's facebook page

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Grateful Heart Shaker Card by Julie Schinkel

Hi everyone! I'm on the Bee Arty blog today sharing a quick and easy shaker card created with the "Grateful Heart" collection.  Here is the completed card plus a quick tutorial showing how it was created.

 To create this card, cut a piece of white cardstock down to 5"x5" square. Cut the dark spotted quarter from the Heart 12x12 paper and trim down to 5.75"x5.75" square. This will leave a 1/4 inch border on the base of the card.

Next die cut six of the "wreath" from white cardstock using the String Leaves Die Set. Adhere five pieces together to build up dimension. Put the sixth die cut aside for later.

Die cut another wreath from a scrap piece copy paper and trim off the excess so that you're left with just the circle frame. This will ensure your acetate is the right size. Adhere to a piece of acetate and trim down.

Cut out the doily on the left side from the Gathers 12x12 paper. Colour the flower with pencils or alcohol markers of your choice. I've used colours to match the collection but you can use any colour combination for this project. I've added another flower doily in the photo below to show the difference when coloured. Adhere to the layered wreath frame with strong glue. When dry add in sequins/glitter of your choice, adhere the acetate layer then the sixth wreath die cut and adhere the embellishment to the centre of the card base.

 Cut out the banner from the Bonus Sheet, colour with the same pens/pencils to match the flower. Stamp a sentiment and adhere with foam tape to complete the card.

Bee Arty Products Used:
Other Products Used:
Alcohol Markers/Pens/Pencils to colour
Sentiment Stamp (to fit the banner)
Black Archival Ink
Strong Liquid Glue
Foam Tape

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time, happy crafting!
Julie xx

Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Tip In Flourishes

 Good morning Bee Arters! 

Hope you are enjoying your Australia Day holiday ... why not celebrate by creating a journal page by supporting a proud Aussie based company 

In this Blog entry I have added a tip in lace flourish to the page.  Enjoy the process and have some fun. 

List of materials used in this project

The finished product of this journal page is A4 size, I used a piece of White Cardstock 350gsm 10 pack - 12"x12".  I made a crease at the A4 measurement to create a 'tip in' fold using a boning tool.

Firstly, mask off the crease line to keep the 'tip in' clear of base coat paint on main page.  Apply small blocks of colour over the A4 background using your finger in 'figure 8' fashion.  Add each colour in turn leaving the yellow and magenta last.  You may wish to dry off in between to eliminate muddying of colours.
N.B.  I did not gesso this paper in this instance, but you could if you prefer too.

Be sure to cover the whole of this A4 section of paper.  Completely dry off.

Using the 
Boxed in stencil A5choose one of the background colours (not the pop colours e.g. yellow, magenta),  add a little white beside, blend using the silicone sponge then apply randomly over the stencil (don't have to use whole stencil).  Dry off.

Continue this process in same colour over the entire surface of the page.  Dry off.

Select another colour from your palette 
(not the pop colours e.g. yellow, magenta), again apply the focal stencil Flux A6 stencil randomly over the page, apply stencil in different directions. Dry off.

Remove the masking tape from the 'tip in' section.  In this project I opted to hand draw a similar 'flourish' design using the stencil as a guide only (see below).  If you are an accomplished craft knife user feel free to use the 
Flux A6 stencil to draw a pattern over the white area for your design.

I drew this design on a spare piece of card and adjusted until I was happy with the design then transferred this over to the 'tip in' page.

Before cutting out the shapes I marked in the areas to be cut out with a X to ensure I removed the correct sections.
N.B.  please use caution when using craft knives always place the non dominant hand well away (behind the cutting area) and always turn the page to make curves do not twist your arm.

After cutting apply more masking tape along the coloured background area along crease.

Select a 'pop' colour, Magenta, colour the cutout sections, may require two coats on both sides of the 'tip in'. Dry off and remove tape.


Colour paste - Rose Petal with texture paste apply through Flux A6 stencil over the stenciled surface, allow to dry.

Add some intensity and dimension over the focal stenciled area using 
Colour Spray - Bubblegum.  Cover the page with power towel so the page is protected from over spray of ink.

Add some paint spatters in light yellow colour to add contrast and to soften the page and including both sides of the 'tip in' flourish also.

Add highlights to the pink flourishes using 
Life of colour pens - yellow around all of the stencilled areas.

On the underside of the 'tip in' highlight the cutout design shapes with the yellow pen.

On the upper side of the 'tip in' I chose to use a dashed line to highlight the cutout shapes.

In this project I also drew around the tip in cutouts, in yellow pen, onto the back page to create bubbles for the stamped sentiments.
Add small word / sentiment stamps that fit in the size of the cut out shapes.  In this project I included; Heartfelt clear stampLive your art clear stamp setKind heart clear stamp set with archival ink.


I hope you have enjoyed this fun project and you are inspired to create your own.  

Thank you and see you next time for more creating fun! 

Monday, 25 January 2021

Be a Rainbow by Tracey Campbell

Hello Bee Arty Hivers. Tracey Campbell here with you today on the blog showcasing my latest Creation Team project, a mix of Colour Blast products, teamed with some Bee Arty materials all of which is available in the BeeArty Store. 

I have teamed these wonderful products with a recent photo of my two daughters, I was after a soft effect to complement the photo. It is rare moment in my daughters lives when they will pose together for photos, without lots of arguments. 

I really wanted to have a flower wreath as the background for this layout but I wanted it to take up most of the 12x12 White cardstock  but I didn't have one that was big enough. With this in mind I decided to use the A4 Devotion Stencil and create one by drawing a curve of a circle on the stencil and moving the stencil around in a circle on the page. (I used a black whiteboard marker to dot the circle curve so I could remove the mark later on). I used a clear gloss gel and a silicone palette knife to spread through the Devotion stencil.
I apologise for the photo below, it was difficult trying to take a good photo of clear gel medium on the white cardstock, I did edit the photo a bit to try and bring out the image so you can see the floral wreath and how it turned out. TIP: make sure as you move the stencil around to create the circle you have to wait for the gel medium to dry before over lapping the stencil. 
Once the wreath was dry I used some Colour Artist Ink  in Cranberry and Marine (I have the older Artist inks in little jars, they are now sold in little bottles with droppers on) with a dry brush and painted a large circle over the top of the floral wreath. 
Here is what it looked like, I worked quite quickly to do this as I wanted the inks a bit wet still so that they would bled together to create a purple colour. 
Next I added a splashes and splats of the artist ink to the page by flicking my paint brush at the cardstock and then letting bigger droplets fall. I also wanted purple splashes so I mixed a small amount of the Cranberry and Marine and repeated the flicking and droplet falling. 
This is what it turned out like. I must admit at this stage I was looking at what I have created and thinking to myself that it was one hot mess and the though crossed my mind to put it aside. It really wasn't what I had in mind for the photo I wanted to use. 
Once the Artist Inks were dry and I saw how vibrant they were, usually I love the brightness of the colours,  but they were just too bright for the photo I wanted to use. I really didn't just want to discard what I had done so I decided to soften the colours by dry brushing some Heavy White Gesso, using a large thick brush, over the top of it all. I followed the circle image and worked the brush in and out in a circle, covering the whole cardstock. Tip: Dry brushing is done by just dipping the tips of a dry brush's bristles into the media and not applying it too thickly. 
Here is what the softened background turned out like when dry. It was now exactly what i had in mind and I love how it turned out.
Next I fussy cut out the flowers from the Faith Patterned Paper  in the Grateful Heart Collection, I also cut off the product strip and to use the poke-a-dotted side. 
To put the page together I matted the photo with some purple, pink and blue patterned paper (I used some older papers that I have had for many year) adhere to the background. Using the same papers that were used to mat the photo, I tore the edges off to get 12 inch strips roughly 1.5 cm in width. I then layered these over the top of each other and adhered them to the left hand side of the cardstock, see the final layout for how this was done. Finish off the strip with the Faith product strip on top. 
Using some 3 dimensional tape adhere the fussy cut flowers from the Faith patterned paper over the top of the right side of the photo and then a single flower in the bottom left corner. 
For the finishing touches I used the Colour Blast Inspired Collection Pan Watercolour Set (if you don't have the watercolour set any water paint will do) to add some colour to small sticker words. I used the colour ultramarine from the set as it was the perfect colour to complement the toned down colours of the Artist Inks. To finish off adhere the coloured stickers to the page along with some small enamel hearts and dots.  
I hope that I have inspired you to keep going with your layout, if it doesn't turn out how you first thought it would in your head, stop, look, work out exactly why it isn't what you want and think of a way to change it. 
Thanks for popping in and I look forward to sharing my next creation with you.