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Messy Oxide Bee ATC

Updated: Sep 13, 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! Having you here and your support means the world to me. Today we have a messy oxide Bumble bee ATC. I am really excited about how these turned out!! So let's jump right in.

I like to precut my paper so I already had 4 2.5' x 3.5' pieces of Canson watercolour paper cut down. I then took distress oxides in the colours Wild honey, Black soot, Hickory smoke, Pumice stone, squeezed lemonade, and fossilized amber and smushed the colour onto the white section of my Tim Holtz glass media mat. I pounced my paper into the ink drying after every layer until I had a background I liked.

I stamped the 4 individual bee's from Simon says stamps Bee yourself stamp set on Neenah solar white 80 lb card stock in Simon says stamp intense black ink, as its a Copic safe ink. I also used the Simon says stamp small hexagon wafer die and some heavyweight card stock to create an element for my design, I cut out four of the die using my Gemini go, one for each card.

I used Y02, Y06, Y08, and Y19 on the yellow of the bee, starting with my lightest marker and working out to my darkest, then back again to my lightest, leaving a centre highlight for a round appearance. For the black stripes, I chose to use C3, C5 and, C7 I prefer this combo when needing a dark colour, I find it adds more depth than just a black marker. I also used the Cool greys for the bee's nose and stinger. I then chose to fussy cut out my bee images leaving a small white border around them.

Next, I pulled out Faber - Castell's mixed media stencils the 101 collections and used a finger dauber and two of my oxide colours, Hickory smoke and fossilized amber, to pounced the colour onto my cards through the hex stencil. Adding a little more texture to the background. I also took my spectrum noir glitter pen and put glitter all over the bee's, I love to add glitter to all my projects. Who doesn't need a little extra shine?

I then took my Mini Misti and stamped my sentiment in Black soot distress oxide on all four cards. I am now ready to work on the design, I took all the elements and played with them until I found a layout that I enjoyed, using some mini Dimensionals from Stampin' Up I propped the bee's up on the card and glued down my Hex die cuts. To finish off the design I took Nuvo crystal drops in English Mustard and Mourning Dew and added some embellishments around the card.

For a step by step tutorial please check out my video below. All supplies used will also be linked below. Thank you so very much for stopping by and I will see you again next week.


Canson watercolour paper

Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock (50 pack)

Neenah Solar White 80lb Cardstock (25 pack)

Distress Oxide inks:

Wild honey

Black soot

Pumice stone

Hickory Smoke

Mustard seed

Fossilized amber









Nuvo Crystal drops English Mustard

Nuvo Crystal drops Morning Dew

Tim Holtz mini snips

Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

Tonic Glass mat

Gina K Connect Glue

Faber-Castell mixed media stencil

Glossy accents

Foam squares

Simon says stamp Bee yourself

Simon says stamp small hexagon wafer die

Mini Misti

Gemini Go

Reversible tweezers

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen

Finger Daubers

SSS intense Black ink

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