February 22, 2020


Another of the really cool free items you can earn during Sale-A-Bration time is the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper, found on page 10 of the Sale-A-Bration brochure. To fully appreciate this paper, you really do need to view -- and touch! -- it in person. One side is a black and white design, while the flip sides all feature gold foiling. Par excellence!

For my January Stamp-In Workshop, I wanted to use a bit of one of these sheets in a projects for my girls to make. A few years ago, Stampin' Up! had a hexagon embossing folder in its line that works so well with the snippet of DSP that I chose for my card. 

The photos I took of this card are all fairly, well, not great. I took many photos, and these are the best I could do. I apologize. The card in person is quite exquisite and a diminutive 3 3/4" square in size. Although the photos imply that the neutral color used in the card is Whisper White, it is, in fact, Very Vanilla. 

The central circle on which the bee is embossed in a glittery gold embossing powder is actually raised from the DSP with Stampin' Dimensionals, although that is hard to decipher in the photos.

A closeup of the bee focal point:

Peeking out from underneath the black circle is a swatch 
of a Very Vanilla/Gold ribbon from a previous Sale-A-Bration. 
It ties everything together beautifully.

Read on to find out how to recreate a card similar to this.

Very Vanilla cardstock
Basic Black cardstock
Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper (page 10, Sale-a-Bration Brochure)

Retired bee stamp, but there is a current bee stamp set that would work so well: Honey Bee on page 30 of the Mini Catalog. It also comes as a bundle!)

VersaMark ink

Big Shot
Stitched Shapes Dies (page 196, Annual Catalog)
Hexagon embossing folder
Embossing Buddy
Heat Tool
Gold Glitter embossing powder
Very Vanilla/Gold ribbon
Stampin' Dimensionals

Fold a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock that measures 3 3/4" x 7 1/2" in half, creasing it well with a bone folder

Run a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of Very Vanilla cardstock through the Big Shot inside the hexagon embossing folder. Adhere this embossed piece to the card base.

Use the largest of the oval dies from the Stitched Shapes dies to cut an oval from the honeycomb paper from the Golden Honey Specialty Designer Series Paper.

Rub the Embossing Buddy well over a 2" square of black cardstock. In VersaMark ink, stamp the honeybee image. At the Heat Station, add sparkling gold embossing powder to the stamped image, brushing off any stray powder particles. Heat to emboss.

With the circle die from the Stitched Shapes dies set that measures about 1 7/8", cut out the bee shape.

Cut a 3" length of the Very Vanilla/Gold ribbon. Fold it in half, trimming the ends to points, and add this to the back of the bee circle so the ends of the ribbon extend about 3/4" - 1" below the circle. 

With Stampin' Dimensionals, add the circle piece to the oval DSP.

Use Stampin' Dimensionals to add the finished piece to the card base.



  1. A very beautiful and unique card! I like the vanilla hexagon paper for a background accent. I'm visiting from Busy Monday.

    1. Thank you so much! I am disappointed with the photos though.

  2. Your artwork is just awesome to see! I love everything about this project :)

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

    1. Thank you so much, Betty! I did link up with My Corner of the World. Thanks for the invite!

  3. Beautiful card - I love seeing bee related art.

  4. I love, love, love your beautiful card. You are so talented!

  5. Lovely! So pretty!

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Compulsions!