Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bokeh Birthday

Hi there, hope all is well with you!  Tonight I have a card to share that I made using the Bokeh Watercolor Technique.  I've seen lots of examples of this beautiful technique in the last few months and finally made time to give it a try last weekend. Splitcoaststampers has a terrific tutorial ( that will take you step by step how to create this effect.  I used this week's awesome sketch from Freshly Made Sketches for the card layout.

I started with a rectangle of watercolor paper, thoroughly covered with water using a Stampin' Spritzer full of water, then used an Aquapainter to apply Rich Razzleberry, Pear Pizzazz and Bermuda Bay ink onto the paper.  After covering all the white space, I dried it with a heat tool.  A plastic sheet with various size holes punched through it was then laid on top and Craft Whisper White ink was randomly applied with a sponge dauber.

After all the ink was dry, the sentiment from the Happy Birthday, Everyone was heat embossed with black embossing powder.  This is a sneak peek of a new Hostess stamp set that will be available June 2nd in the new upcoming Stampin' Up catalogue.

At first I was going to watercolor a flower to use for the circle image on the sketch but the Bokeh looked so festive and elegant, I wanted to make it a bit fancier.  I decided to use one of the retired Frosted Finishes embellishments I still had on hand, which was layered on top of Silver Foil and Basic Black punched circles.  A bit of Bermuda Bay ribbon and rhinestones finished it off.

As always, your visit and comments are so very appreciated!  Please be sure to use the links above to see all that great inspiration at FMS and also check out the Watercolor Bokeh tutorial at SCS.



Product details:
Stamps:  Happy Birthday, Everyone
Paper:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Watercolor, Silver Foil
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Craft Whisper White, Versamark
Other:  Aquapainter, Sponge Dauber, Frosted Finishes embellishment, 1" and 1 1/4" Circle punches, Bermuda Bay 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, Black embossing powder.


Karren said...

Beautiful card! I just love the Bokeh technique and you've done a wonderful job with it on your card! Fabulous colors. Thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

Kim S said...

Stunning background! The embossed sentiment is just lovely with it - and I love the simple jewel. Thank you for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches.