It’s Monday, y’all. Sorry. Hope it’s a happy one! 🙂
I’m sure if you’ve been paying attention, you’ve seen a lot of projects out on Facebook and Pinterest using the bokeh technique. A few of the ladies in our group have made them in the past couple of days, so I’ve been sort of itching to try it myself.
And so I did! I made a bokeh background and then added some Stylish Stems Framelits flowers and a Suite Sentiments sentiment. Take a look-see:
My layout is inspired by the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches.
And my colors come from the Cupcakes Inspiration Challenge.
I started by making the background on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock. To begin, I used my sponges to color the panel with Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral. I made the color pretty deep because I was going to add Whisper White. I also didn’t fully blend the colors. Then I took two pieces of scrap card stock and cut a 1″ hole in one and a 1/2″ hole in the other, using my Circle Punches. Then I used those as stencils to sponge Whisper White Craft Ink circles all over the sponged panel. I added a lot of circles in both sizes, taking care to overlap them and run them off the edge!
I used my Heat Tool to speed the drying process cuz I’m impatient! Then I SNAILd the panel to a Cherry Cobbler mat and wrapped three lengths of Very Vanilla 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon around it, securing them in the back with scotch tape.
I pulled out the Suite Sentiments stamp set and, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position it, stamped a sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.
Next up was the flower decoration. I cut three Stylish Stems detailed leaves from Very Vanilla card stock and used Liquid Glue to adhere them to the card front.
Then I cut two small and one large Stylish Stem flowers from Cherry Cobbler card stock. Remember these are two step die cuts – first you use the detailed die – which leaves a “negative” in the card stock. Then you cut it out with the outline die. I cut matching solid flowers from Very Vanilla and then used Liquid Glue to adhere the Cherry Cobbler detailed flowers to their Very Vanilla backgrounds.
I also cut a large detailed flower in Daffodil Delight and a small one in Calypso Coral. All I wanted from these cuts was the little pieces that form the petals – so I didn’t do the second step on these. Then I used little dabs of Liquid Glue to add pieces of Daffodil Delight into the large flower and Calypso Coral pieces into the small flowers. You can see I didn’t fill all the spaces – letting the Very Vanilla show thru.
I popped the large flower onto the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals and added the two small flowers with a combination of Dimensionals and Liquid Glue. Then I added a few Pearl Basic Jewels and the card front was done!
On the inside, I used the negative that I’d cut out when I was gathering my little pieces to glue into the flowers as a stencil. I added a stenciled flower with Daffodil Delight and a little bit of Calypso Coral in the middle of a Very Vanilla panel.
I SNAILd the panel to a Cherry Cobbler mat and into my Very Vanilla card base, popped the card front on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and the card was done!
For my Very Vanilla Medium Envelope, I used the large Stylish Stems “stencil” and added a sponged Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral flower to the front…
…and then I added more of the bokeh to the envelope flap. I used sticky notes to mask off the rest of the envelope to protect it.
Et Voila! Piecing in the little bits of card stock into the Stylish Stems flowers was a little persnickety, I won’t deny that. But…I love how the flowers turned out! And this bokeh! Oh, I do like this technique! Hope you do, too – and will give it a try! 🙂
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Y’all have a great rest of your Monday! 🙂
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CARD CUTS USED IN THIS PROJECT:
Very Vanilla Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″); 3 7/8″ x 4 7/8″ (card front and inner liner); Stylish Stems die cuts
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner); Stylish Stems die cuts
Daffodil Delight Card Stock: Stylish Stems die cuts
Calypso Coral Card Stock: Stylish Stems die cuts
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On Sunday, we had a hankering for a Firehouse Sub (or salad, in my case!) for lunch.
Finn wanted to ride with, of course. So, since he wears no shirt and no shoes (thus no service – or…even entry!), Wayne rode along so they could stay in the car with the A/C running.
Dad was also handy for taking this shot.
Check the hand on the window.
I don’t really know what he was thinking (maybe…I wonder if they’re getting me a roast beef or a chicken sammie. Hope it’s beef!) or doing with his hand, but…he’s just so ridiculously cute!