Happy Friday, everyone! I am very excited to be sharing this “Sweet As Can Bee” layout with you today. I sometimes struggle with gold cardstock. It’s beautiful, but I feel that there aren’t collections out there that utilize this color without it being foil. Foil is not my thing – there are so many things I can pick and choose, and I just don’t have any more room for another machine! However, the Sweet as Honey collection from PhotoPlay, I feel, was perfect for the gold cardstock!
I started off with paper. I pulled out some Brown Basis Cardstock and Gold Stardream Metallic Cardstock. 2 sheets of the patterned paper, the matching layering stencil, and my inks. The mason jar is a cut file: a top, and a bottom. Prior to starting, I inked the bottom with a honeycomb stencil and the same 3 yellow oxide inks to use as a shaker element. To make sure the ink dries, I started with my background.
Making the Layout Elements
I layered the colors with this floral stencil to create a sunflower background. These inks do dry relatively quickly; however, the shimmer spray I used takes some time. Since the oxide inks react to water or liquid, the spray made some pretty effects on the sunflowers. I set this aside to dry and moved on to my photo and some of my embellishments.
Using the patterned paper, the gold and brown cardstock, I created a fun pinwheel mat for my photo. I used some images on the paper, fussy cut them and finished off my shaker with some acetate and sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps and some Gold Nuvo Drops. I started to put items on my page and realized I needed more. Then, using the Gold cardstock and some hexagon dies, I cut some honeycombs to place around the page and decided that adding some sunflowers would also be cute.
Using the same Gold and Brown Cardstock, I pulled in some Smooth Chamomile Cardstock, using a sunflower die set, created 2 very detailed sunflowers. Next, I bent the petals up and then back to create some dimension in them. On the opposite of my shaker, I placed them close to my photo to keep the page even. Once I glued everything down, I mixed some black paint with a little water, covered my photo and shaker, and added some splatters. Finishing off with some flair, Nuvo drops, and a sprinkle of more sequins.
This page came together quite quickly, and I love everything about it. The shaker and the sunflowers are my favorites! Well, right after the adorable photo of my niece. I hope this “Sweet As Can Bee” layout inspires you to pull out that gold cardstock and use it! If you don’t have any, go grab some! It’s on sale for July! I would love to see how you all use it! Please post below or tag me on Instagram, @melly.art.creates, or on Facebook, Melly Art.
I can’t wait to see how you use it!
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