Friday, 8 May 2015

House of Cards Challenge - Bokeh Effect

Hello there! The House of Cards May challenge has started and since I had a lot of fun with the last one, I fancied giving Bokeh effect a go. This is totally new to me, so I had a read of Mynn's instructions and also found a great video from Dawn at Wplus 9, which also taught me how to make my own circles stencil using dies (acetate is very hard to die cut though!). The only thing I didn't have was a dauber, but I improvised with a piece of sponge from the top of a kitchen scrubber - not brilliant, but not bad either.

Here's the result:

I tried a panel of watercolour paper with my Inktense pencils, but didn't like the results. I then tried watercolour paints belonging to my four year old which gave a much better finish. I've now received some Spectrum Aquas, courtesy of taking out a subscription to Simply Cards and Papercraft, so I will try those next :)

I used Ranger pigment ink in Glacier White with the stencil once the panel had completely dried. To finish it, I wanted a simple sentiment that would stand on its own without any embellishment, so I found this from the Clearly Besotted Book Worm collection. In view of the election yesterday, it's something that any government needs to do. I then die cut out a panel using my Memory Box stitched rectangles and adhered it to a Kraft card blank. Simple.

I really love this technique and the results and am planning on trying it out again - how many entries am I allowed??

Thanks for reading, have a great weekend!


Mynn Kitchen said...

OH so soft and pretty, Ruth! LOVE these pastel colors! Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Pop's Cards said...

Hi sweetie, this is stunning, I love the colours, huggles Pops x x

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So dreamy, your bokeh! Thanks for joining us at House of Cards and happy belated Mother's Day to you!

linda said...

i love the colours you've used on this oh so pretty card! thank you so much for playing along with us at house of cards this month. i guess you can enter as many as you have time to create.

Rocky said...

I love the soft look to this card and your sentiment is great. Thank you for joining us at HOC.

maria f. said...

Such pretty colors on your BG and you are rocking the bokeh effect. That sentiment is fantastic.

Emily Dee said...

What a great way to showcase this technique, and what a clever sentiment too! I love how you improvised with your supplies. I'm always doing that sort of thing and appreciate hearing tips from others. Thanks for joining us at House of Cards.

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