Hearts Come Home – sneak peek

Hearts Come Home is one of the many beautiful new stamp sets in the Autumn/Winter catty which goes live on Friday! As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to do the Bokeh technique. 

I started off by randomly daubering my colours (as pictured – crushed curry, cherry cobbler, pumpkin pie, pacific point & berry burst) onto my base cardstock until I had a rainbow effect on my card.  Cherry Cobbler is such a great Christmas colour, I knew that had to be incorporated somehow! 

Next I cut a selection of different sized circles out of a piece of window sheet, using the Layering Circles Dies to create a template. I then used a sponge dauber to apply white stazon ink  to the template until I was left with different sized white circles over the rainbow background. The effect is more beautiful if the intensity of the white changes from circle to circle. The finished card pictured shows the beautiful result of the ‘bokeh’ technique.

My black images were stamped in black stazon ink. When stamping black over the white, it can be a bit tricky to achieve a sharp image so it’s best to let your cardstock dry overnight before you stamp over it.

Remember this gorgeous new stamp set will be available to purchase from the new Autumn/Winter catalogue from Friday 1st September and you can purchase it here at my online shop! 

The Bokeh Technique using In the Meadow

I had been wanting to give the Bokeh technique a try for a while, and used the flowers and trees theme from my card swap group as my inspiration.  The term Bokeh comes from the Japanese word for blur – boke- and is used in photography to describe the process whereby lenses are used to create out of focus points of light .  In stamping, this white light effect is often created by sponging white ink in different intensities to form a background pattern.  Here’s the card I came up with.

I started by blending my background colours onto a whisper white card front using sponge daubers in rich razzleberry, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz and bermuda bay ink.  Next I cut various sized circles using my layering circle framelits dies, from a window sheet to create a template.

Using whisper white craft ink, I sponged inside the circles, carefully moving the template over the card front until the white circles produced the beautiful effect pictured above.

Finally I took my tree and flowers image stamps from the gorgeous In the meadow stamp set and stamped them in black ink across my panel.  Though I did this in memento black ink, I would try using black stazon ink next time to achieve a crisper, black image.

To finish, I stamped my sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms and mounted my card front onto a basic black mat and finally to a pear pizzazz card base.  Overall, I was pleased with my first attempt at Bokeh – simple yet so effective.  Give this stunning technique a try yourself ❤️❤️❤️