Hi there, everyone! I hope everyone is safe from this virus and that you are keeping yourself busy while we're at home. I've been crafting and reading and relaxing. It's nice to have my family around...but I'm praying that we can get this situation under control with treatments and prevention so we can get back to what is our new normal.
Our blog hop today challenges us to create something unexpected. I attempted to use a crazy color palette, but it turned out so pretty (at least I think so)! I used a technique called "watercolor bokeh" and it was really fun. Here's how I made the cards--you can do it, too!
For the first card, I used three soon-to-retire In Colors: Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, and Grapefruit Grove. I used embellishment box lids (I save everything!) to mix my colors: 10 drops of water (I used my Aqua Painter* to squeeze out the drops) to 3 drops of reinker.
*Aqua Painters are sold out; a new replacement product will be in the new catalog
I used painters tape to secure a 4" by 5-1/4" piece of our Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper to a cardboard "palette" (I save all the designer series paper cardboard inserts). I wet the entire surface thoroughly with an Aqua Painter. Then I picked up some ink from the lids and lightly touched the surface of the watercolor paper, letting the ink spread. Clean your brush when you switch colors. PROTIP: Start with the lightest color first. (I didn't for my first card--but I figured it out by the second card.)
I filled the entire surface with color. And, because I am impatient, I used my Heat Tool to dry the paper.
Next, I used the Layering Circles Dies to cut a variety of circles from a 4" by 5" Window Sheet.
I used this as a stencil as I applied Whisper White Craft Ink with a Sponge Dauber. For some circles, I tapped the ink onto the paper and for others, I scrubbed the ink. This gives a different saturation to your bokeh circles.
I used my Heat Tool again to set the craft ink on the watercolor paper. I carefully removed the painters tape (to save to use for the next card) and trimmed the piece to 3-3/4" by 5" so that it layered nicely on a 3-7/8" by 5-1/4" Whisper White mat.
Next, I used the Stamparatus to stamp a sentiment from the "Rooted in Nature" stamp set in Lovely Lipstick Ink onto the bokeh design. The Stamparatus allowed me to stamp the sentiment several times so that it filled in over the bumpy Watercolor Paper surface. While the ink was still wet, I quickly sprinkled on some Clear Stampin' Emboss Powder and set it with my Heat Tool. PROTIP: Clear embossing powder allows you to emboss with any ink color!
For a final effect, I used the cap of the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to flick some glitter onto the card. The photos don't do it justice--the flecks really sparkle in the sunlight!
Here's the finished card.
Because that was so much fun, I made a second card using Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, and Bermuda Bay reinkers.
I hope you enjoyed my "mashed-up" cards and watercolor bokeh technique and I hope you'll try it yourself!
Next up is the awesomely creative Kerstin Kreuzer! I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!