Hi Crafty Friends!! The Honey Bee Stamps Cheerful Love Release is now available in the store. To celebrate the new release, we are having a two day blog hop called Cheerful Love. So please hop along with us both days to be inspired! Be sure to visit each blog & leave a comment to be entered to win!!! We will be giving away two $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store, one from each day. The winners will be posted on our blog Tuesday, February 27th.
For my first project, I couldn’t resist putting my Zig markers to that sweet little Platypus from Penny the Platypus. Isn’t she just so darn precious?? The sweet, innocent expression on her face just melts my heart. I stamped her using sticky black ink onto some watercolor paper, then added clear embossing powder. I also stamped a balloon and a little bouquet of flowers, also from the Penny the Platypus set, onto the same watercolor paper. I watercolored all of the images with my Zig markers and used a damp paintbrush to blend everything out.
I cut an A2 sized panel from some more watercolor paper and added a sweet “feel better soon” sentiment from Cheerful Sentiments on the background wash using waterproof ink. Next, I used the same three shades from the bouquet to create an ethereal wash for the background panel, using very little Zig marker and lots of water to blend everything. I die cut the balloon, flowers, and Penny herself using the coordinating dies and popped her up on the watercolored panel. I added a few Unicorn Jewels to add some sparkle. Pretty straightforward, but that little platypus is just so darn cute that you don’t need much!!
For my next project today, I used the new Congrats Grad stamp set in conjunction with some of the cute accessories from the Penny the Platypus stamp and die set. I started with an alcohol inked panel from my stash (I like to make a bunch at a time and use them at leisure) and die cut it using the Double Stitched Rectangle dies. I then used a massive amount of very strong adhesive (Score Tape, in this case) to adhered it to my card front. I did this to add extra stability to help prevent warping when I embossed the greeting from Congrats Grad onto my alcohol ink panel using white embossing powder. I also cut a shimmery silver frame using the same Double Stitched Rectangle dies and created a shaker out of it, filling it with both Bokeh Lights Confetti, Clear Bubbles Sequins, and Frozen Tree tiny leaves sequins.
I stamped more balloons, the graduation cap, and the diploma scroll from Penny the Platypus onto watercolor paper and colored them with colors that coordinate with the alcohol ink background. I die cut them out with the coordinating dies, then added them to the front of the shaker in a cluster.
Well, that’s all for my projects today! We have a super fun two-day blog hop planned to help celebrate this darling release. You should have arrived here from the Honey Bee Stamps blog and your next stop is Kelley Kohout’s blog. Here’s the full hop list, in case you get lost:
Honey Bee Stamps
Emily Midgett (that’s me!)
Be sure to visit each blog & leave a comment to be entered to win!!! We will be giving away two $50 gift cards to the Honey Bee Stamps store, one from each day. The winners will be posted on our blog Tuesday, February 27th.
ANDREA HASTILOW says
Emily, both your cards are so beautiful, you are right that little platypus is so adorable, it’s the first time I’ve seen her & she’s won my heart. Thank you for showing
Absolutely adorable platypus!! Love this release.
Love them both but I gotta tell you, that Penny is ADORABLE.
Joy Moss says
Love the graduation card and the rich colors you got using the Zig markers! Also love how the platypus is colored with them. I have the small collection of 12 and haven’t had a chance to work with them yet. This is inspiring!
Denise Warren says
Love your take on “Penny”! Good job.
Just adorable. Love this release.
Dee Earnshaw says
super cards – love the shaker grad card – so inspiring:)
Mirella Rogan says
Wow, these are both truly wonderful! I love your colouring on both cards – absolutely fantastic! The platypus is indeed super cute – who would have thought?! 🙂
Teri S. says
Emily, both your cards are great! That alcohol ink background has so much depth & colour. Love it!
The grad card looks exciting to make and to receive!
Gre.at cards! I love the colors on the grad card!
Lisa A creations says
I love that graduation shaker card! So cute!
Sue D says
Adorable platypus card–I like your coloring. Very festive shaker graduation card.
Karen Gerek says
Emily, great idea showing how to use one stamp set and get two completely different looks. They are both spectacular!
Mary Holshouser says
Love the graduation card. To
personalize it, the background
colors could be adapted to the colors
of the school. the little platypus
is adorable. thanks for sharing
Beth Fiscus says
Oh my goodness! I totally love how you created the graduation card using elements from the platypus set. That alcohol ink background is amazing.
I love Your new ideas!
Wow – such great designs! Beautiful work 😉
Mary Neubauer says
I love the graduate shaker card! Unique and fun.
Thanks for the great inspiration.
Your cards are spectacular . I love the softness of the first card and y our colouring of penny. The second one is so vibrant and bold Love it.
The platypus is so cute.
Both cards are lovely! But that platypus! So darn cute!
Kim S says
This is adorable!
I’m not sure which card I love best! That shaker is Fabulous and your coloring is always perfect!
Awesome cards, great release. I especially love the soft colors on the “feel better” card.
Trinity Knieriem says
Love the colors you chose….Great cards. Thanks for sharing. Love this release.
Jeanne Beam says
Such adorable cards. I love th Platypus card an the shaker card. Thanks for sharing..
Beautiful coloring for Penny and card
Gilda (McStamper) says
Your coloring is fabulous. Love that platypus.
Marisela Delgado says
love those vibrant colors
What beautiful watercoloring you did! Penny really pops. And I love the bouquet of flowers for the get-well sentiment. I also like the contrast of the watercolor balloons with the alcohol ink background. Just all-around beautiful cards; thanks for sharing!
Enjoyed your post. Love Penny.
Susan O’Halloran says
Two great cards! Lovely coloring and nice composition. The platypus is adorable! What a great release!
Carol H. says
Love both cards!!! Really love those vibrant colors in the Congrats Grad card! So pretty!
Yes, both cards are great! Love the expression on the face on the get well card and the vibrancy of the graduation one!
Jennifer Forster says
Great cards – love your bright colors and cool shading!
Oh I like love your coloring! I haven’t tried the Zigs yet, this inspires me 😄
Sue TH says
Both of your cards are gorgeous and your colouring is beautiful! Wonderful release!
Lisa bzibziak says
Omg! That adorable Penny! And gorgeous shaker with an awesome background!
Denise Bryant says
Love the way you colored the platypus… darling card! And a pretty ‘congrats’ card as well!
Nina Stallman says
Love that blue graduation card, awesome!
Beautiful grad card. LOVE that sweet platypus too ♥
Your cards are great – I love the coloring and this cute release!
Wow!!! Both these cards are totally gorgeous!!! Love them!!!
Tanja S. says
Very cute card, great colouring.
So cute! And I am going to need some grad cards very soon!
Melissa Minelli says
The coloring on your cards is beautiful! I’ve been wanting to try a shaker cards for some time but haven’t had a chance yet. Thanks for sharing your great cards!
Emily Davis says
Both cards are great. But that Graduation Card – so vibrant.
Love your cards! Think I need to get my Zig watercolor brushes out again….
your colors are so beautiful.
Cynthia Cole says
Both cards are lovely!
Renee Milner says
The platypus card is adorable and so beautifully colored! I really like the grad card too–am needing ideas b/c our youngest is graduating this year.
Kari Allen VanNoy says
Beautiful cards! I’m especially impressed with your watercoloring skills!! Amazing.
Wow!love these cards. Love your water coloring with zig markers and your shaker grad card is awesome! Thank you so much for the inspiration x
Your cards are exquisite! Thank you so much for sharing them. They’re works of art.
Linda S. in NE says
Both of your cards are adorable, and so useful. I love all the accessories that come in the darling Platypus stamp set. Thanks for sharing your talents.
Robin P says
Two great cards. This is a sweet release.
Kelsey Thomas says
Love the cards! Great job. 🙂
Angela Linton says
Love both of your cards and the versatility of the platypus set.
Cathy Lillie says
Beautiful colors in your graduation card! The sequins in the shaker blend well with the card, yet still give that shimmer and shine! Your platypus card is so sweet!
Beautiful colors on your grad shaker.
Penny the Platypus is just adorable and I love the brightness of your fun grad shaker!
Holly M. says
Beautiful cards, Emily. Your coloring and backgrounds are gorgeous!!
Kathy Ferguson says
Loved your graduation shaker card and the platypus card is darling.
Great cards! Thank you for the inspiration!
Awesome cards…I love how Penny can hold things!
Amy Cooley says
Beautiful cards! I especially love your shaker with all that pretty sparkle and shine.
Terrie D. says
These are great cards! I just love the platypus 🙂
Margery C says
Love your graduate card. Love a shaker and wonderful coloring.
Teresa Doyle says
Emily both cards are fantastic. The platypus is way too cute and your shaker is gorgeous in these colours.
Aww! Love the little platypus’ bouquet. Darling!
Super cute release.. Dont know which I love more the fox or the playapus!
Kimberly Bennett says
Emily, I just love that cute little platypus so I love your card with the platypus!!
Linda M. says
Your cards are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiring me to make some cards today!
Marsha Loyer says
Your eye for color is outstanding. I wish my copic coloring were as good!
How cute! Love this scene!
Annette Gordon says
Both cards are amazing! But I really like the grad shaker card! I really like how versatile this set can be.
Karthikha Uday says
Super beautiful cards! The first one is adorable and I love the bright colors on the second one! Awesome!
Bright colors and fabulous cards
Anushree Vaish says
Loved both cards…especially the blue Graduation one…thanks for sharing
Amante del Papel says
I love the watercolor in your cards, there are so beatuiful!
So lovely Emily! Those balloons – your coloring is amazing xx