Well…life has been a bit hectic for me the last couple of months, so my posts have been few and far between. Let’s see what we can do to rectify that problem, shall we?
Today I want to share with you a technique I taught during my stamp class in May. I’ve really loved seeing the many Bokeh projects out there and wanted to try my hand at this technique. Here is a quick an easy card I came up with using the new In Color inks and paper now available in the annual catalog and demonstrating the Bokeh Background stamping technique.
I love the play on depth and light, and the technique itself is really fun and easy! Want to give it a try? These are the step-by-step instructions we used in class:
- Pick three or four markers in similar colors – a light, medium and dark shade. Color patches of each marker onto your Clear Block E until the block is completely colored.
- Spritz the colored bock with your spritzing bottle, filled with water, allowing the colors to blend together.
- Stamp the colored bock directly onto Whisper White cardstock. Let the block stay on the cardstock for a moment to allow all the color to transfer from the block to the paper. Remove block, and set the cardstock to the side to dry.
- Once dry, begin adding bits of “light” with circle stencils.
Starting with the largest circle, take a sponge dauber inked up with Whisper White ink and randomly place the stencil on one part of the cardstock and “fill in” the stencil with the sponge dauber, using a circular motion. Repeat this step for the other circle sizes as well. Tip: The more pressure you use, the whiter the image will appear. If you switch up the amount of pressure you use, some of the circles are “whiter” than others giving the true Bokeh-like effect.
- Once you’ve used all the sizes of the stencil, take the sponge dauber used above, ink it up with Whisper White ink, and randomly stamp the cardstock with the sponge dauber. This adds a more concentrated white circle to the cardstock.
- Complete the Bokeh look by adding rhinestones for some extra bling.
Everyone of my class attendees really seemed to enjoy the project. Here are a couple of the cards made during class:
Below is a listing of items used to create these projects. Please contact me if you have any questions!