Have you tried “Bokeh”? While I’m familiar with the technique, I’m just now giving it a try. It’s fun, it’s fairly easy to learn, and you can get some great results with it!
Monday Night Mix Up! : Hello Bokeh
Since this was my first experience with this technique, I chose to work on a watercolor background piece that really wasn’t my favorite. You know, just in case it didn’t work out, that way I didn’t ruin any of my good stuff in the process (I need to get over that). To my surprise it didn’t ruin it at all, it made it look fantastic!
You can make a watercolor background using some ink refills, or just sponge on the color of your choice on some white card stock to get your base color. Either way let everything dry thoroughly before moving on! Use your heat tool to speed up the process if you’re impatient like me 🙂
Once your background is ready, make some stencils with a couple different sized circles. I used a 1 1/4″ and a 1″ circle punch for mine. I used a sponge dauber for the smallest circle (In retrospect, I would have added a few circles using the end of my pencil, just for some extra variety). Try to use a thin plastic for your stencils, like window sheets. It will make it easier to control the ink.
Ink up a sponge dauber with your Whisper White Craft Pad. Starting with the largest circle on your stencil (1 1/4″), randomly place it on the background and LIGHTLY color in the circle (remember, you’re going to ink layers on top of this). Make several circles, about 5 or so, an odd number is best. Repeat this process with the next sized down circle (1″), only color them with a bit more ink so it appears that the first circles are fading into the background. Now, use your sponge dauber to make the smallest circles. Really ink up your dauber and just start stamping with it. By using more ink on the dauber it will makes the smaller circles appear closest to you. Set it aside to dry or use your heat tool, but make sure it’s dry, that white craft ink can really smear!
Trim your background to size, and layer your “Bokeh” masterpiece onto some card stock. Add your greeting and your bling of choice and you’re done!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this card:
Shopping List: Card Stock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White. Ink: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White Craft Stamping Pad. Stamps: Four You. Embellishments/Accessories: Rhinestone Basic Jewels, *Frosted Sequins, Ovals Collection Framelits. Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Stampin’ Trimmer. Other: Sponge Daubers, Sticky Tape, Multipurpose Liquid Glue, Stampin’ Dimensionals.
*Available in the Holiday Catalog only.
…inking outside the box!