Thursday, 18 February 2016

Craft Stash Design Team - Hexagon Panel

Back so soon, I hear you ask, well as I sent my Design Team cards off on Tuesday, I thought it was time to share them with you! 

I was sent three Apple Blossom dies to play with from Craft Stash and I can tell you now, I've had a lot of fun! 

I started with the Hexagon Panel which is a large die, but as soon as I saw it I thought of bees, so this is the first card I came up with - and it's a BIG shaker.

I started off by cutting a piece of water colour card slightly larger than the die and giving it a wash of three different yellows using my Spectrum Aqua markers, so it had an ombre effect. Once dry, I ran the die through my die cutting machine and because it was thick card, the hexagons cut but stayed in place, so I could then set about carefully fixing the outer edges with tape on the back so they didn't fall out on the front of the card. Once that was done, I trimmed the edges and then popped out all the hexagons in the middle with a pokey tool. I was impressed I didn't have to run it through my die cutter again - a definite plus for the die!

I then made a card blank and using a craft knife, cut an aperture in the front. I made a shaker pocket with my Fuse tool using the central piece I'd cut out as a guide and filled it with a variety of sequins and shaker mixes and most of the hexagons and then sealed the top. I'm getting to know my Fuse better and you do have to leave it to heat up a lot - I let mine do 15 minutes before I use it. 

I trimmed my shaker pocket and attached it to the back of the front panel with tape, and then I attached the whole panel to my card blank. I love that I can see the inside of the card through the shaker.

The little girl is a digi stamp from JustMEdigitalstamps - @mom2sofia on IG - and I printed her on Neenah, coloured her with Copics and fussy cut her out. The sentiment I wrote with a VersaMark pen onto some scrap card and heat embossed with WOW! Bright White embossing powder, cutting it out with the CB Long Flag Die (I am rubbish at cutting flags!).

I love how this turned out and as the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is featuring shaker cards and We R Memory Keepers products, I thought I'd enter this there.

And that's not all! I had quite a few hexagons left over, so I made this simple card by embossing the die, and adhering all the spare bits of hexagon onto the front with foam pads. 

The sentiment is layered using the CB Thanks die. It's all adhered to a grey card base. Seemed a shame to waste those little bits! It's what Darnell calls a 'Two-fer' :)

[Supplies: Apple Blossom Dies Hexagon Panel; JustMEdigitalstamps Honeybee Girl; Clearly Besotted Thanks Word Die; Clearly Besotted Long Flag Die; Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers Floral and Primary; WH Smith Watercolour Card; Neenah Classic Crest 110lb; Copic Markers; White, yellow and grey card 250gsm; We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool; A4 clear plastic wallets; Little Things from Lucy's Cards Lemon Sherbet; Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear 6mm sequins; Double sided tape; Foam pads; Ranger Multi Medium Matte; VersaMark Pen; WOW! Bright White Embossing Powder]

Thank you so much for reading and for all your lovely comments. I'm looking forward to getting my next lot of dies through to have some more to play with. Have a great weekend - I'm going to get back into the 30 Day Color Challenge - can't believe it's half way gone already!


Lin said...

What a fun shaker, Ruth, and I love that you were able to use the extra pieces to make a 2nd card! Thanks for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm so glad you are enjoying that Fuse tool, Ruth! Your shaker is fabulous, but I'm really gobsmacked over how you designed your twofer with the left-overs! (Thanks for the shout out!) That's a unique and outstanding design! Hugs, Darnell

Aileen Ryan said...

Great cards Ruth, love the colours you used and that cute little digital image. Also love how you made your own sentiment with the versa pen, clever clogs. Second card looks brilliant, the spare shapes look so so good laid out like that.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Two very clever card designs there Ruth! Such fun too! Have a lovely evening! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Stephanie said...

I absolutely adore your cards, Ruth! Especially the one with the cute bee girl, but only because I am partial to critters and characters xD. Super awesome way to use the remaining hexagons. Really fantastic!!

LaurieC said...

Like I said on IG, you are making some fabulous projects!! This design team thing is right up your alley!! So happy to see you enjoying die cutting!!! Hugs!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So cute, our honeycomb shaker and a brilliant idea to use all those tiny cut outs!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesomesauce! ;) -- She is very cute with the fun shaking going on -- love the use of the leftovers too!

Liz McGuire, said...

Hiya, two fabby cards. Really cool ideas. Videos on the way??

Liz x

Michelle Short said...

I thought I had left a comment on this post, I am so sorry! Gorgeous card, I love them and great use of the hexagon/honeycomb die xx

Blog design by aleelilydesigns