Sweet like honey

Doubt is the crafter’s enemy. I had this card’s concept in my mind for a couple of days, hashing out the color scheme, elements and design. Doubt crept in before I put ink to paper. I wondered if a background of pink hexagons would look better in yellow, if pool blue and light aqua would complement the background and if I should use blue at all.

I could wimp out and not trust my instincts or go with my gut. I felt that my gut would lead me down the right crafty path, so I dove in and made the background pink and used blue. The result is better than I imagined. One Valentine’s Day card down. Now, if I only had written down that other card idea …

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Here’s how to make it:

Cut a 4-inch-square piece of black-and-white, hexagon-patterned cardstock (I used Heidi Swapp Color Magic cardstock), and ink around the edges in fuchsia ink (I used Fresh Ink in fuchsia). Ink over the piece in light-pink ink (such as ColorBox Cat’s Eye Queue Baby’s Breath collection in rosebud).

Heidi Swapp Color Magic cardstock features patterns in an ink-resistant material. After inking, I removed the excess with a paper towel.

Heidi Swapp Color Magic cardstock features patterns in an ink-resistant material. After inking, I removed the excess with a paper towel.

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Make a card from a 5-by-10-inch piece of black textured cardstock. Cut a 4 1/2-inch piece of fuchsia cardstock and adhere it, centered, to the card’s front. Adhere the patterned cardstock, centered, to the fuchsia cardstock.

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Adhere a 2-inch die-cut of a pool-blue, decorative-edged square, centered, to a 2 1/2-inch die-cut of a light-aqua, decorative-edged square (I used my Making Memories Slice Elite, “Paper Reverie” design card, light-aqua textured cardstock and Bazzill Basics textured cardstock in artesian pool).

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I used my Making Memories Slice Elite, “Paper Reverie” design card and aqua textured cardstock to create a 2 1/2-inch die-cut of a square with a decorative edge.

I then created another die-cut at 2 inches in pool-blue textured cardstock.

I then created another die-cut at 2 inches in pool-blue textured cardstock.

Adhere a 1 1/2-inch wide black die-cut of a bee (I used my Slice, “Grandma’s Attic” design card, black textured cardstock and yellow cardstock), centered, to the pool-blue square. Attach a pink, glittered arrow-shaped brad to the lower-left portion of the squares, pointing toward the bee’s “knees.”

Using my Slice and "Grandma's Attic" design card, I created a 1 1/2-inch-wide die-cut of a bee in black textured cardstock.

Using my Slice and “Grandma’s Attic” design card, I created a 1 1/2-inch-wide die-cut of a bee in black textured cardstock. I adhered a small piece of light-yellow cardstock behind the bee’s abdomen.

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Using dimensional adhesive, adhere the light-aqua square, centered, to the card’s front. Using a computer program, type “you’re the bee’s knees” in a calligraphic font in black, with the phrase measuring 2 1/2 inches wide (I used Mirella Script, 32 pt. The free, personal-use version can be found here). Print the phrase on light-yellow textured cardstock, and trim the paper around the phrase to 3 1/4 inches by 3/4 of an inch. Cut inner points into the left and right ends to create a banner shape.

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Affix a light-pink, heart-shaped rhinestone brad to the upper-right corner of this piece, and adhere the banner between the bottom of the die-cuts and bottom of the fuchsia cardstock.

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