Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bokeh Technique Birthday Card


I decided to jump on the technique bandwagon and give the Bokeh technique a try. I used a piece of watercolor paper, and "painted" it with an aqu brush and a mixture of reinkers and water - using shades of pink and blue. I spritzed it with water, and let the colors spread, blend, and completely dry - then sponged on white circles in different sizes.  After nearly ruining my circle punches trying to punch through acetate to make the template, I decided to use post-it notes as templates instead. It worked! I added some white die-cut prim poppies and a punched butterfly in pool party blue, then added a LOTV white heat-embossed sentiment. The final touch was to add 3 tiny pink gemstones to the butterfly. I wanted the background to show through, but the white flowers seem to get lost in all that color now that it's finished. lol

I'm taking this over to the MFP Speedy Fox & Friends challenge #255 which is to make a birthday card with a butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully we'll all be seeing some spring flowers one day soon!

Carol

23 comments:

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

This is fabby, Carol! I hope you don't mind if I case it down the road. I keep staring at my unicorn white ink from Hero Arts, and wanting to give this a go.

Di said...

Wow Carol - this is just fabulous! I'm so with you about the post-its :) LOVE the design and colours too!

Hugs

Di xx

Karen said...

Beautiful!

Liz said...

Stunning! The white die cut flowers really stand out against the beautiful background. xx

Stampsnob. said...

Love the background Your card is beautiful thanks for playing at SFF MFP >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Lis

Donna Hanley said...

I don't think your flowers got lost at all. You did a fantastic job with this Bokeh technique and I will make note of your experience with the acetate and go straight for the post it notes. Thanks for the little piece of information with will save lots of us some aggravation. Have a great afternoon.

JD/ Jill said...

This is so nicely done! Great job with this technique. I tried the Bokeh background, and it is still not finished. I can't get anything to look right on top of it...I guess I need to keep trying.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

This is one of the more stunning examples of the Bokeh techniques I've seen. Lovely colors and movement. You picked great dies to finish this off.

Jean said...

This is fabulous Carol, you did a great job with the Bokeh technique, and the die cut flowers look great. I love the colours you used and the little butterfly.
Jean x

Hettie said...

This is so pretty Carol. I was thinking how well the poppies stood out! Gorgeous.
Hugs
xx

Vickie Y said...

Gorgeous technique and card. Love the dies you used. Thank you for sharing with us at MFP Speedy Fox and Friends Challenge.

scrAPpamondo said...

OOOhhhh!!!! I'm in love with this!!!!
I didn't know this technique, it is fabulous!!!! I want to try!
Yours card is perfect and I just adores the white poppies on this fantastic background!!! They jump on, with a stunning 3D look!!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Okay I literally gasped. what a beautiful background and using it with your die cut flowers is so brilliant. I love this! We are going to be doing a design team call at Loves Rubberstamps and I would love it if you would apply.

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

oooo la la! Such beautiful colors! Thanks for playing along with us at Speedy Fox & Friends challenge!!
hugs,
Pam
SF&F DT
www.pammiesinkypinkies.blogspot.com

Brenda said...

Your Bokeh background looks amazing Carol! This is a technique I've wanted to try too, but just hadn't gotten up the nerve yet. lol I don't think your white flowers get lost in the background at all, I noticed them right away. I also love your butterfly. I just love this card Carol! Hugs, Brenda

Kathy D. said...

I love that you tried the technique the GDT showed us...you must pop over to her blog and tell her!! She would love to check out your version. I don't think the white flowers are lost at all. I think it is beautiful and perfect. So what do you do with the post-it notes?
Kathy D.

Laura Love said...

This is beautiful Carol!

Doreen said...

Wow stunning,love this technique.xxx

Benzi said...

Super job with the bokeh technique, Carol. Your card is beautiful. Glad you didn't break that punch.

Jane said...

Gorgous Card!!! That background is beautiful!!!
Thanks for sharing with us this week at Speedy Fox and friends...

MaryH said...

Oh I DO like this one! You are getting on that background bandwagon Miss C. Love the marbling with your watercoloring and your bokeh circles are wonderful. I'm not all that successful with using acetate & dies...I've never tried with punches. I have enough trouble with punches just using c/s! This is mega pretty Carol. TFS

Christine Hyde said...

I love this card and I think the flowers look fantastic against your background. I may have to jump on the bandwagon too after seeing this. Thanks for sharing this with us at MFP's Speedy Fox and Friends.

Jessi Fogan said...

No, the white flowers are perfect!! That background made me sigh with happy - just gorgeous!