Bokeh Technique

Bokeh Dots Happy New Year!

Bokeh Celebrate
Bokeh Celebrate

Happy 2019!

Wishes for peace, health, and happiness in the coming new year!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Bokeh Dots,  Thanks for Eveyrthing

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape

Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White

Accessories: Stamparatus, 1 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh Dots Waterfront Trees

Bokeh Dots Waterfront Trees
                                      Bokeh Dots Waterfront Trees

 

Here's another easy winter night's scene using the star image stamp found in set, Bokeh Dots combined with the tree images from Waterfront.
  1. Stamp night sky image from Bokeh Dots on piece of Shimmery White card stock using Night of Navy ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times so it would be darker.
  2. Cut landscape using the Big Shot and In the Woods Thinlits Die out of Shimmery White card stock.  Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines using Night of Navy ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the greeting multiple times.
  3. Stamp trees from Waterfront onto scrap piece of Shimmer White card stock using Balmy Blue ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times.  Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.
  4. Attach trees to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  5. Attach landscape to card front using Mini Dimensionals to pop it up.
  6. Mat to Balmy Blue card stock.   Attach to Whisper White card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

Bokeh Dots

Bokeh Dots

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bokeh Dots, Waterfront, Christmas Pines

Ink: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue

Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Balmy Blue

Accessories: Big Shot, In the Woods Framelits Dies, Stampaatus, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Dashing Deer Winter Night Bokeh

Dashing deer bokeh
Dashing Deer Winter Night Bokeh
 
 
Create an easy winter night's scene using the star image stamp found in set, Bokeh Dots.
  1. Stamp night sky image from Bokeh Dots on piece of Whisper White card stock using Balmy Blue ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times so it would be darker.
  2. Cut landscape using the Big Shot and In the Woods Thinlits Die out of Shimmery White card stock.  Place on card front, and with a pencil, lightly trace the top edge of the landscape.  This will help you place the stamping of the trees.
  3. Stamp trees from Waterfront using Tranquil Tide ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times.
  4. Stamp deer from Dashing Deer on a scrap piece of Crumb Cake card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Cut out using the Big Shot and coordinating Detailed Deer Thinlits die.
  5. Attach landscape using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Place deer using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  6. Mat to Tranquil Tide card stock.  Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines on Whisper White card base using Tranquil Tide ink.  I used the Stamparatus to ink and stamp the image multiple times.  Attach card front to card base using Dimensionals to pop it up.

I am really loving my Stamparatus.  It's a invaluable positioning tool, allowing you to aligned images and complete ink coverage.

 

Stamparatus

Stamparatus

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dashing Deer, Bokeh Dots, Waterfront, Christmas Pines

Ink: Balmy Blue, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Crumb Cake

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Deer and In the Woods Thinlits Dies,  Stamparatus, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Merry Christmas Bokeh

Merry Bokeh
Merry Bokeh

Here's a quick and easy Christmas card to create using the Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies and Bokeh Dots stamp.

Here's how:

  1. Stamp Bokeh Dots onto Whisper White card stock using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to ink up and stamp the image a few of times to get the ink really dark.
  2. Cut "Merry" out o Silver Foil paper attached to an adhesive sheet using the Big Shot and Merry Christmas Thinlits Die.  Tip: to make it easier to get the paper to release from the die, use the Precision Base Plate as part of your Big Shot Sandwich: Big Shot Platform, Precision Plate, card stock, die, upper cutting plate. 
  3. Remove "Merry" from the die, peel off the backing of the adhesive sheet, and attach to bokeh background.  Sponge edges using Night of Navy ink.
  4. Stamp greeting using Merry Merlot ink.  I used the "Christmas Blessings" stamp found in Christmas Pines.  I applied a piece of scotch tape over the "Blessings", then inked up the stamp.  I removed the tape, and stamped. TIP: be sure to throw the tape away immediately.  If you set it aside somewhere, you're liable to touch it or set something on it, getting ink on you or your project at some point in time!
  5. Attach to Merry Merlot card base to complete.

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies

Bokeh Dots

Bokeh Dots

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Bokeh Dots, Christmas Pines

Ink: Night of Navy, Merry Merlot

Paper: Merry Merlot, Whisper White, Silver Foil

Accessories: Big Shot, Merry Christmas Thinlits Dies, adhesive sheets, Stamparatus, sponge, scotch tape

Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh Falling for Leaves

Falling for Leaves Bokeh
Bokeh Falling for Leaves

The changing leaves have been so pretty this year here in the mountains of southern Colorado!

This card was inspired by this photo of  one of the wild Choke Cherries growing on our property.

It always is a show-stopper!


Chockcherry leaves color
Choke Cherry fall color, Wetmore, CO

 

To create the bold colors of my card, I did the Bokeh Technique.

According to Wikipedia," the bokeh is the blur or aesthetic quality of the blur in out of focus areas of an image."

It is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I first created a card stock  template of circles using my 1" and 3/4" circle punches.

Bokeh

Then, with sponge daubers, I added Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, and Old Olive inks, overlapping the colors to create the Bokeh effect.  Once the ink was dry, I added circles of Whisper White craft ink.

The leaves were cut out of Old Olive and Gold Foil paper using the Big Shot and Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies.

The greeting is from Falling for Leaves and was stamped using Poppy Parade.

Happy Fall!

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Falling for Leaves Bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Falling for Leaves

Ink: Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Whisper White craft ink

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Old Olive, Goil Foil

Accessories: 1" and 3/4" circle punches, sponge daubers, Big Shot, Detailed Leaves Thinlits Dies, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Mini Dimensionals, enamel shape

Happy Stampin'!

Stamping With Pencil Eraser Background Using a Sunburst Stencil

Pencil Eraser stamped background sunburst thinlits die

It's easy to create fun backgrounds by stamping with a pencil eraser dabbed in ink. Pair the pencil eraser background technique with a sunburst stencil, and you'll have a card that is certain to brighten someone's day!

For more pencil eraser background ideas, please visit my spring blooms Sheltering Tree post here

To create this card, I started by cutting out my stencil using the Big Shot and Sunburst Thinlits Die out of scrap card stock.

I laid the stencil over my Whisper White card front and started adding ink using the eraser of a pencil.  I dabbed the eraser onto an ink pad, then stamped around the stencil.  I cleaned the eraser by swiping it onto my worksheet, then picked up the next color.

Colors used were Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Peek a Boo Peach, Crumb Cake and Crushed Curry.

stamping with pencil eraser and sunburst die stencil

After finishing, I removed the stencil and then sponged on a mixture of Crushed Curry, So Saffron and Peekaboo Peach inks around the eraser dots.

I stamped my greeting from Sunburst Sayings onto a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Cajun Craze ink.  I then punched it out using my 1 1/4" circle punch.   The greeting was then layered onto a 1 3/8" Crushed Curry circle, 1 3/4" Crumb Cake circle and finally a 2" Cajun Craze circle.

Clear Wink of Stella was brushed all over the card front to add a little shimmer.

stamping with pencil eraser sunburst close up

Stamping with a pencil eraser is fun and easy.  And the possibilities are endless!

 

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Sayings

Ink: Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Peek a Boo Peach, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, So Saffron

Paper: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, pencil with eraser, sponge, 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches, clear Wink of Stella

Happy Stampin'!

Chalkboard Bokeh-Nacho Average Sketch Challenge #135

This week, we have a sketch challenge over at the Nacho Average challenge site.

Here's my contribution:

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For some reason, I really struggled with this sketch.  I just couldn't seem to get the two horizontal strips of paper to look right.  Everything I did just seemed forced.  So, I took another route.  I let the placement of the words satisfy the placement on the sketch. 

For this card, I did the Bokeh technique using white craft ink and the ColorBox Chalk Ink pads found in the Occasions Catalog.  The Bokeh technique is one of my all-time favorites, and I love the mix of colors and ink on this card. 

I first made a circles template out of card stock using my 1" and 1 1/4" circle punches.  Then, I stenciled in the circles on chalkboard paper using a sponge dauber and white craft ink.  I then used sponge daubers without the stencil to fill in the spaces using the chalk and white craft inks. While the inks were still wet, I heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I was afraid the chalk inks would fade a little, and I wanted the colors to stay bright.  The greeting is Wish Big from a My Paper Pumpkin kit.  It was stamped on a piece of window sheet using white Stazon ink. 

Here is the original sketch:

Nac135

 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: White craft, white Stazon, Aquamarine, Rose Coral and Yellow Citrus ColorBox Chalk Ink

Paper: So Saffron, Basic Black, Chalkboard Paper

Accessories: Circles template: 1", 1 1/4" circle punches, sponge daubers, window sheet, heat tool, clear embossing powder

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Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh Technique-Another Thank You

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I was going through my photo gallery this morning and came across this bright and cheery Bokeh card.  May it bring a smile to you this Monday morning!

For more details on the Bokeh Technique, check my posting here.

Stamp Set: Another Thank You

Ink: Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Strawberry Slush, Blush Blossom, Crisp Cantaloupe

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Framelits, sponge daubers, circles stencil

Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh "Love U" Card-Nacho Average Color Challenge #82

Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red and Blushing Bride are the colors for this week's Nacho Average Color Challenge.

Nac82

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I used the Bokeh Technique, my new favorite stamping technique.  For more information on the Bokeh Technique, please visit my Bokeh page HERE.

I simply used the circle and polka dot stencil from Build a Banner kit and sponged on the challenge colors completely filling in the color onto my Whisper White card base. I then stenciled in the "u" from the Build a Banner Kit using Rose Red and Blushing Bride inks.  The "love" was cut out of Rich Razzleberry paper using the Big Shot and Expressions Thinlits die.  The Rich Razzleberry ring was cut out by using the Big Shot and 2 Circles Framelits; a smaller one nested inside of a larger one. 

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Blushing Bride

Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Rose Red

Accessories: Build a Banner Kit, sponge daubers, Big Shot, Expressions Thinlits and Circle Framelits dies, Trio of Hearts punch, Two-Way Glue Pen

 

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Bokeh Technique-Nacho Average Color Challenge #74

Our color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site is Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

Here's my contribution:

 Bokeh 036

For this card, I created a "bokeh" background.  According to Wikipedia," the bokeh is the blur or aesthetic quality of the blur in out of focus areas of an image."  This is becoming one of my all-time favorite techniques!

I simply used the circle stencil from Build a Banner kit and sponged on the challenge colors completely filling in the color onto two pieces of Whisper White card stock.  I wanted these pieces to fit the panels on a card that was cut out using the Big Shot and Circles Card Thinlit die.  The larger panel measures 2 1/4" x 5 1/4" and the smaller measures 5/8" x 5 1/4".

For more bokeh samples, please visit my Bokeh Techniques page HERE.

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entry to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flower Shop

Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay

Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe

Accessories: Big Shot, Circles Card Thinlit die, Pansy and 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punches, Build and Banner Kit, In Color Boutique Details, sponge daubers, Mini Glue Dots

 

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Bokeh Technique Thank You-Happy Thanksgiving

I am thankful for you! 

Thank you for you visiting my blog site!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Bokeh 001

 

Technique: Bokeh

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Awesome Thank You

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tangerine Tango

Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum

Accessories: polka dot stencil from Build a Banner Kit, sponge dauber, Big Shot, Circles Framelits

Happy Stampin'!

Bokeh Christmas Tree-CASology Triangle Challenge

"Triangle" is our cue word this week over at CASology.

Update:  I guess this card is using the photography "bokeh" effect.  I did not know it had a name, so thanks to commenters from the CASology group who have enlightened me.  

According to Wikipedia," the bokeh is the blur or aesthetic quality of the blur in out of focus areas of an image."  Learn something new everyday!

Here's my contribution:

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Since I am in full Christmas card making mode, my take on the triangle theme of course would be a Christmas tree!

For this card, I used the polka dot stencil found in the Build a Banner kit to create this Christmas tree with a retro look. 

I first created a tree stencil by drawing the shape on a piece of card stock, then cutting out the center.  I placed the tree stencil on a piece of Whisper White card stock, adhering it with a little temporary adhesive so it wouldn't shift while I worked on the circles.  I then placed the polka dot stencil over the tree stencil and sponged on Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Daffodil Delight ink using sponge daubers.  I moved the stencil around to create overlapping circles.  When complete, I removed the stencils and stamped the greeting from Greetings of the Season using Basic Black ink.  I cut the tree out using a pair of scissors, then popped it up on my embossed Basic Black card base using Dimensionals.  I also tried popping it up on a Whisper White embossed card base, then asked my husband what version he liked best.  He liked with the black background the best, so here we are!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings of the Season

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pistachio Pudding, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, sponge daubers, stencil from Create a Banner Kit, star punch, rhinestone, Dimensionals, Dotto

Happy Stampin'!