Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bees in Foxglove

Update 6/03/2015: Bees in Foxglove was selected as a Top Three winner at AHSC #109!

Shades of purple can be so pretty, and pretty was what I was hoping to achieve with this card, using a digital image from Power Poppy. I have entered the card into two challenges: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #109 and Inkspirational Purple Wedding Theme Challenge #83.

5/31/2015 Update: I just learned that today is the last day to enter the May 2015 Power Poppy Blog Challenge, so my card has now been submitted for that challenge as well, making it three challenges.

The purple panel was die cut with scallops. The orchid panel was die cut with the stitched quilt design then cut again with the scallop die and backed with craft foam. The green panel was cut with a lattice die and backed with craft foam and Kool Tak, a clear foam adhesive. The emboss resist leaf print paper was sponged with ink. The purple panel was adhered directly to the leaf print. The orchid panel was adhered next followed by the green lattice. These two panels are backed with craft foam so pop up and add dimension. A piece of green ribbon was adhered across the entire stack and tucked behind the leaf print. This was all adhered to the white card base.

The digital image, "Bees in Foxglove," was downloaded, resized and printed onto white cardstock. After coloring
and blending with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, the bees were highlighted with clear Wink of Stella. The inside of the Foxglove petals are spotted so a white gel pen was used to add the spots. The image was die cut in an  oval shape, backed with foam and adhered to the card front. The sentiment was stamped and adhered.

The inside of the card was decorated with a leaf print strip on the right edge.

This card was inspired by my friend, Cheryl. See her beautiful design and expert coloring HERE.

Visit the challenges at AHSC, Inkspirational and Power Poppy for creative ideas, then visit the Power Poppy store for beautiful digital images and other products.

Techniques: Die cutting, sponging, emboss resist, coloring
Size: A7 (5' x 7")

Products are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Digital image from Power Poppy, computer generated sentiment
Inks: Certainly Celery, Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers (alcohol): Spectrum Noir GB5, CG1, CG2, DG2, PL1, PL2, PL4, PP3, LV2, Uniball Signo gel pen (white)
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant, pale orchid from stash
DSP: Irresistibly Yours Collection (emboss resist paper) - leaf print
Dies: Spellbinders Lattice and Floral Oval, Lil' Inker Designs Quilted Stitched, Die'sire Scalloped Rectangles
Misc.: Craft foam, Kool Tak, grosgrain ribbon, ZIG Wink of Stella


  1. Oh, Melanie, what a beautiful card, and I love the computer-generated sentiment! Your foxglove are stunning with their rich purple, and I love the beautiful layout with the lovely die! I hope you link this to the Power Poppy challenge for this month. You've cut your image from the die, so it works! Hugs, sweet friend!

  2. You really have achieved pretty here! With such wonderful detail and amazing colouring. Great to see you at Ink x

  3. Stunning. I love every thing about this card. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing it with us at AHSC

  4. Gorgeous!... What a beautiful beautiful card...

  5. Stunning, those flowers,wow! I love the colours of the flowers, great job there! I also love how ornate the die cut is that the flowers are on, makes it very elegant! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  6. Mel this card is so pretty, and even prettier in person...the pink and green is stunning.

  7. What a beautiful card, filled with breath-taken-away details! The flowers are stunning and the various panels are such eye-catching accessories. Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity in the Inkspirational gallery!

  8. So very soft and pretty. I like that lattice cut in green. So very pretty. Thanks for playing in our Cut it Out Challenge this month.

  9. Oh, how lovely with your die cuts and, of course, those gorgeous foxgloves! Love them in the pretty purple. Thanks so much for sharing with us in our Cut it Out Challenge at Power Poppy!

  10. Another stunner! The layering of the die cut textures is certainly outstanding and for me, brings to mind the image of a summer wedding in a lovely white gazebo. This is one of my all-time favorites!