Monday, March 9, 2015

Bokeh Thinking of You Card

Hi blogging friendsSmiley from Millan.Net 

I have seen alot of gorgeous cards on Splitcoaststampers recently which uses the Bokeh technique - so I thought I would give the technique a try.  It is super-easy and fun - and here is the result:

This is also my entry for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge #363 of Diecuts and Punches.  

There is a tutorial for the Bokeh Technique on Splitcoaststampers HERE and I found another tutorial HERE on Shannon Lane's blog - I've got a Crush on Colour.  If you don't know what bokeh means, it relates to photography and you can read more about it HERE on Wikipedia.

I used Ranger Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean for my background by smooshing my ink pads onto my Couture Creations non-stick Craft Mat, spraying the inks with water then lay the smooth side of my Ranger Distress watercolour cardstock on top.  I let the cardstock sit in the inks for about 30 seconds then moved it around and lifted it up to check how the coverage was then kept dabbing the cardstock into the inks until I was happy with how it looked.  I was too impatient to wait for my cardstock to air-dry so dried it off using my heat-gun.

I made a stencil of various sizes of circles using clear acetate and my Lifestyle Nesting Circle dies then used a finger dauber to pounce Hero Arts white dye ink circles all over my background using the stencil.  At first my background looked pretty ordinary and I wondered whether it was going to look any good but the more circles that I added and the more that I overlapped, the better it started to look.  I also went over some of the circles to make them brighter than others which really helped the effect look more realistic.  The white circles on the blue part of my card don't show up quite as well in the photo compared to real life.

The decorative edge was made with all-time favourite edge punch:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily.  I attached the panel to white cardstock using Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive then used my Perfect Layers Tools to trim the cardstock to 1/16".

I sponged two small pieces of Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper (which is sparkly white and as thick as cardstock) with the same Distress Inks that I used for my background then diecut them using my Big Shot and a Memory Box Pippi Butterfly die.  I was a bit concerned that the colour might transfer to my butterfly die so I very carefully ran my heat-gun over the glitter paper before diecutting to make sure it was dry.  I attached just the centres of the butterflies using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

The 'Hello' is a die from Mama Elephant and was diecut from the same glimmer paper and glued on using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

I rounded the corners on the bottom using the 1/8" size on my We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Lastly, I glued on some iridescent sequins using Ranger Multi Medium Matte which is a strong adhesive and dries clear.  The card is a top folding card.

This card will be going to my Mum just to brighten her day.  Mum's last remaining sibling passed away several weeks ago so it has been a difficult time for her.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Card Recipe:

Stamps and Designer Paper:  None

Ink:  Ranger Distress - Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean, Hero Arts White dye

Accessories:  Big Shot, Couture Creations non-stick Craft Mat, Ranger Inkssentials Mister, finger dauber, sponges, Stampin' Up Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper, white cardstock, Tombow Mono Multi glue, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Stampin' Up Fuse Fast adhesive, iridescent sequins (from stash), acetate, heat-gun, Ranger Distress Watercolour Cardstock, Perfect Layers Tools, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

Dies:  Lifestyle Nesting Circles, Memory Box Pippi Butterfly #98508, Mama Elephant Hello Script Creative Cuts

Punches:  Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge


Paula said...

You did a beautiful job with this technique. I have to give this a try, you know how it is though, too many ideas , not enough time.

Elaine said...

Wow this is a stunning card and background, love the colours and circles. It's amazing Jocelyn xx

Jackie said...

As a keen amateur photographer, I ought to have known what bokeh is, but I didn't, so I had to follow your link, thank you for sharing. I frequently use this technique in photography and didn't realise it had a name LOL.
What a gorgeous card :o)
Jackie xx

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Ah Jobear another great card and love your Bokeh effect on this...
And am sure your darling mum will love itoo, lovely!!!
Prayng for your dear ones too, sad to lose someone any time.
Shaz in Oz.xx

cotnob said...

Such a beautiful card Jocelyn, a brilliant technique.
Thank you for your kind words on my blog.

Merry said...

I have never heard of this before but love the effect. Thanks Jocelyn for all the links I will be checking them out. Lovely card.

Andrea, said...

Fabulous card, love colours and the background

Liz McGuire, said...

Never heard of that technique but it's gorgeous. Must check it out,

Liz x

Amy Johnson said...

Gorgeous! I really need to give this technique a try. Like you, I'm seeing it all over the web too.

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