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Mar 27, 2015

Bokeh Background and Dandelion Blooms

Happy Friday and happy (almost) weekend! Hope you have some fun things planned and that there is some sunshine in your forecast!

Today is my turn to share a creation on the Just For Fun Rubber Stamps blog, and I decided to give the "Bokeh" technique another try - it's so much fun!! I found my white craft re-inker, so this time I didn't use gesso, but craft ink instead.

If you haven't tried this technique yet, you really should. Super easy to do!! I don't have a specific tutorial to link to, but there are several on pinterest and youtube.

These are the steps I used:
1.  Mask off edge of watercolor paper using washi tape.
2. Wet paper with a clean watercolor brush.
3. Add your watercolors to the paper (be sure the whole paper is covered with paint
with no white space in between).
4. Let dry or use heating tool for quicker drying
5. Create a homemade stencil using different sized circle punches.
6. Simply use this stencil to add white craft ink to the background
7. Try different intensity for different sized circles (I tried to have my smallest circles be the most intense).
8. Your background is now complete and you can create the card with it :-)
(Be careful when removing the washi tape if you like to use the border in your card design)

You don't have to use watercolor paints, you can use dye ink-reinkers too. Gelatos would probably work too. 

Product List:
both from JFF
watercolor paper by Canson
watercolor paints
white craft ink, versafine onyx ink
MS butterfly punch, sticky rhinestones
washi tape for masking, heating tool
circle punches for making stencil, sponge

I would love to play along here:
Stampotique Designers' Challenge SDC188 - Your Favorite Background Technique - Bokeh is my current favorite
Loves Rubber Stamps -Create your own background
Cheerful Stamp Pad -In the Garden
Crafting from the Heart -  Always Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Always Anything Goes

Thanks so much for visiting!!


  1. Absolutely GORGEOUS! LOVING the dandelions!!!!

  2. I adore the colors you've used. The black dandelions stand out wonderfully on the blues/greens.

  3. Gorgeous card! I love your bokeh background. Thanks for the tips, I've been meaning to try this technique.

  4. Stunning card - the background is so effective!

  5. What a great technique. Your card is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Gorgeous card, Ellie! I love the colors you've used. This is such a fun technique and you rocked it.

  7. This is stunning! Thanks for joining us again this week at Stampotique.

  8. Anonymous08:53

    Beautiful! Love your wonderful background! Thank you for joining the Stampotique DC

  9. So beautiful! I've seen this technique around a lot lately and I really need to try it sometime.

  10. Love your card! Great background and lovely silhouette stamping.
    glad you could join our challenge at Loves Rubberstamps this week , please join our Sunday hop too, Hugs Blankina

  11. Beautiful background colors and design Ellie.

    Hugs Diane

  12. This is just stunning. Thank you for the tutorial I am pinning and trying this baby! Thanks for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

  13. Oh this is so beautiful, I love it. Thanks you for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!


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