Victorian Bumblebee Card – Dollar Store Fantasmic

$4.95$5.95

Kitschy pink bumblebee mandala card with Victorian sensibility printed 5.25″ by 5.25″ for giving, framing, and meditation. Includes envelope and free shipping. Perfect for that romantic someone who loves bees and has a taste for the gaudy. If you’ll be mailing your card to someone and would like me to add the correct USPS first class stamp to the envelope, please choose that option from the menu. An additional charge will apply.

Victorian bumblebee card with a heavy dose of kitsch is digitally printed using archival pigment inks on silky, bright white, acid-free paper. Folded card is 5.25" by 5.25" and comes with a beautifully made, bright white envelope. The photograph I used to create the bumblebee mandala is printed on the back of the card with the photo location. Interior of the card is blank and the paper is super smooth, not slick, and takes gel, ballpoint, and other inks well. Perfect for anyone who loves kitschy art or harbors a Victorian sensibility. Is also a pollinator piece, although the fat bumblebee here is rubber. The card and envelope are packaged together in a plastic sleeve and mailed in a stiffened mailer.

Framing. This Victorian bumblebee card is created using high-quality materials, such as might be used in a museum. The print is sharp, bright, and frameable. To protect the vibrancy of the artwork, I frame using UV glass or acrylic, and I recommend it. If you use plain glass or acrylic, make sure you hang this sweet, little piece and all your beautiful art away from direct sunlight.

Postage. Because irregularly shaped mail, like this square Victorian bumblebee card, must be canceled by hand, the U.S. Postal Service requires extra postage to deliver them. Special "butterfly stamps" carry the exact right postage to mail your bee card within the U.S. If you would like me to stamp the envelope with a butterfly stamp so it's ready for you to mail, please choose that option from the menu.

About the Art. I created this mandala, titled Dollar Store Fantasmic, in response to an exhibition call for all things kitsch. It's the first piece I've done from a photo of an arranged still life of objects. To maximize the kitschiness, I sourced my still life components at one of the local dollar stores. I was determined to spend no more than $5 and was THRILLED to find a giant rubber bumblebee in a bin of plastic dinosaurs and what-not. I added a handful of inexpensive fake flowers, mixed in some weird sunlight through slatted blinds, and Dollar Store Fantasmic was born. The Victorian nod is absolutely intentional, as that period was such a wellspring of cherub heads, gaudy colors, and all things overdone.

Additional information

Weight 0.0375 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × .05 in
Stamp the envelope?

No, Yes

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Linda Gribko is an avid gardener, naturalist, author, artist, and photographer living just outside Morgantown, West Virginia, on a one-acre property she calls Yellow Bird's Rest. She's been gardening since the age of three, when she was put to work plucking rocks from the family vegetable patch, and was gifted her first growlight set-up at the age of eight. Linda is best known for her wildflower photography and the digital mandala art she creates from her nature photos, but is also a mixed media artist and published author. Her quirky first novel, "Giving Voice to Dawn", was published in November 2016 and was followed up with "The Lion's Apprentice" in June 2020. The series follows the magical romp of a woman plucked by the Universe from the cubicles of Corporate America and dropped into the crease between "this world and that" where Spirit Animals carry messages, disembodied voices spout wisdom, and you never know who might show up to walk you back home.

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