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Saturday, 26 January 2013

A Bee Tag

Looking at the assortment of tags I'd coloured, the orange one said 'Bee' to me, and I do have a Bee stamp or three about.The first stamp is an old Aspects of Design stamp, (the Stamp Man),called Bee Botanical, and much to my surprise, when I went to have a look, they are still available. There is also a Butterfly and a Dragonfly, in the same style. Tempting, lol. They also have 3 sizes of unmounted Bee and the smallest of those I used to stamp in a few places with Versamark, then dust with Mica powder.
The main image was stamped in Versafine Onyx Black, by the way.  I made a hole in the tag and threaded & knotted some fibres, then set about making my Bee.

The stamp I used for this is by Judikins.It is still available in this years catalogue, and there are a few up on E-bay, wood mounted.  One of the Aspects Of Design Bees is the same size, I just preferred the wings on this one.

I was going to make the bee from Fusible Fibres,so

the Bee was inked with black Staz-on,and I used a mix of a shimmery white for the wings, gold for the body and some dark midnight blue roughly placed where his legs and anthers would be.When I had that on, I just put a sheet of greaseproof paper over it, and ironed it for a few seconds. You know you're done when the image shows up through the paper, I find.

So I peeled him off, and trimmed down.

 Cleaned my stamp with Staz-on cleaner. The reason I'm showing you this, is the block the stamp is on. For quite a few years, I wondered why my blocks were going cloudy/ crackled. Then I found out it was the Staz-on cleaner causing it. So I've gradually bought some new ones, and the damaged ones I keep for cleaning Staz-on off my stamps. They still work fine, and if its a large, or mounted stamp, its not a problem. But if I'm using a clear stamp, then you can't see what you are doing.

The Bee is mounted with some silicone glue blobs. I thought it needed something, then remembered I have some sheets of beeswax, so broke off a small piece, and added that below the bee with another blob of silicone.


gardenpinks said...

This is great Shaz, love that Aspects of Design bee stamp - I have the butterfly and dragonfly set.
Love your fusible fibres bee and wax - fab tag x

Alison Scott said...

I love the colours you have used. But not the stamp! I hate bees, they absolutely terrify me.

My name is Cindy said...

Love the colours, love the stamp!! Happy Sunday

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

awesome work look like our locusts!! love it Shaz.xxx

Tamika said...

The bee is BEEautiful!!!