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Oct 7, 2015

Bokeh Technique and a Whimsy Die

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday :-)

I recently played with some watercolors for the dailymarker30day3 challenge, and created two "bokeh technique" backgrounds. I already knew I was going to use them with the new Funky Christmas Tree die from Whimsy Stamps. 

For the first card I ended up using only a strip from the bokeh background. 

The white card stock was embossed using a Christmas embossing folder. (Sorry, I have no idea what the actual name of the embossing folder is.) I simply added the bokeh strip and tree to the card, used a brad and some sequins for embellishments and then matted it with moss card stock. The sentiment from the Whimsy Set "Christmas Scene Builder" from last year's release was stamped onto a white strip of card stock and attached to the card front. 

And here is the second card.
I used shades of purple for this background, and almost didn't use it, because the colors don't look very Christmas-y. Then I decided to just make a non-traditional colored Christmas card. And instead of a gold die cut tree, I used silver card stock for the tree. Here I used the complete piece I created for my background, adhered it onto a white card front and stamped the sentiment directly onto the white. The tree was embellished with a silver brad (which also helps keeping the tree on the paper), and silver sequins. I used plum card stock for my card base.

If you are unfamiliar with the bokeh technique, be sure to check out youtube for some great videos. It's super easy (but messy) to create. You can use different inks for the background - I used watercolor paints and then white craft ink for the bokeh.

Today I'd like to play along here:
Crafting from the Heart - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Boots -  Gold Or Silver
Not Just Cards - M, F - Always Anything Goes
Have a great day! 


Kara Lynne said...

Wow! You really have this bokeh technique down pat! Gorgeous! It's like looking through Christmas tree lights!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous! LOVING those trees!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kiwimeskreations said...

Fabulous cards and wonderful bokeh effect.

brenda said...

As always a lovely creation Ellie.

B x

crafty said...

Gorgeous cards. Thanks for sharing them with us at Crafting From the Heart.

Linby said...

Fab bokeh - love the colours too.

Amy Johnson said...

Such fun Christmas cards. I love that funky tree and the great backgrounds!

Donna said...

These are both stunning cards!

Anonymous said...

these are both so beautiful ellie! you did a fabulous job with the bokeh technique and i especially love the pink and purple one; i'd print it out to make for quick and easy holiday cards. :)

Dee's Craft Room said...

Two gorgeous cards, I love the simplicity of your design. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.