Last Wednesday, I met some French SU! Demonstrators in the city next to mine, for a crafty afternoon at Lola’s. It was so nice to be able to share with friends my love for paper crafting… I really miss my upline Tracy‘s classes in England… Lots of chatting and laughing, chocolates and apple pies, stamps and inks, and a wonderful new-to-me technique : can a crafty girl ask for more? 🙂
Lola showed us the bokeh technique. You probably have seen lots of cards on the Internet using the bokeh effect so I was happy to give it a try. Not to mention I love the Indescribable Gift flower stamp 🙂
Here is the lovely card designed by Lola :
The bokeh technique is rather simple. First of all you have to create a colourful background by sponging various inks on your white cardstock. Then you let it dry and grab a piece of Window Sheet: punch a few circles from different sizes on this Window Sheet to create a stencil. Then sponge White Craft ink on your background paper through the holes. The more random your circles, the more realistic it will look, so don’t hesitate to overlap them, and make some opaque while others are more translucent. Again, as the White Craft Ink can be very thick, let it dry completely.
Stamp your Cherry Blossom Flowers on Whisper White Cardstock with Stazon black ink. We used the watercolour technique to colour them, so we needed a water resistant ink. To grab some ink, just squeeze your ink pad gently with your fingers, to put some ink inside the cover. Pick some ink with your Aquapainter and colour your image just like you would do with real watercolour paint… easy peasy 🙂
Now you can hand-cut the branch (wish there was a die for that!) and die-cut a picture frame with the On Film die. We adhered a piece of Window Sheet on the back of the frame and the branch on top to add a bit of dimension. Same for the sentiment and voilà!
Here are our 5 cards together. I enjoyed this afternoon a lot! You can visit my friends’ blogs on the menu on the right 🙂
If you like this stamp set, maybe you’ll like this card too!
- Stamp set: Indescribable Gift, Flamingo Lingo (retiring now!)
- Inks: Strawberry Slush (retiring now!), Blushing Bride, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding (retiring now!), Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, White Craft
- Papers: Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding (retiring now!), Window Sheet
- Dies: Circle Collection Framelits, On Film (retiring now!)
- Punches : Circles : 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-3/8″
- Tools: Sponge Daubers, aquapainters
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