Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Card Style....

Its the end of the year and time to make teacher appreciation goodies. I made these cards for one of my clients. I adore how they came out.

Of course I went with CTMH Chalk It Up paper as its fitting for the purpose of the cards. I used the Teacher Appreciation and In the Backgrounds stamp sets. I masked off the the center circle and used the chevron stamp to create my background paper. I used Lagoon and Smoothie ink. I wanted to add some dimension so I popped up the center circle, the graduation cap, the sentiment banner and the apple. The owl image is colored with Copics. I colored the white enamel stars with my CTMH markers. The little circles were added with a die. I was pleased with how the cards turned out :-)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

It's Bokeh Time...Stamping Style

Check out my creative team post for the Scraps of Color blog...You can visit the blog HERE.

Are you wondering what exactly is Bokeh and how it applies to stamping? In the photography world Bokeh is the visual quality of the out of focus areas of photographic image.

This same look can be applied using your stamping products. If you haven't tried this technique follow my picture tutorial and make some beautiful cards.

In the photography world here is an example of Bokeh.....

Here is the card I made using the Bokeh technique

 With this technique I used inks, card stock and a piece of acetate in which I cute 4 different size circles using my circle punch. 

 I started off with a piece of White Daisy card stock. I inked up my sponge in CTMH pear ink. 

 I randomly made circular motions on the card stock leaving some white space for my second color. 

 I used the same circular motion using CTMH Pixie ink covering the white space. I also went over some of the Pear ink which gave it a third color. I noticed a little white space so I went back and filled that in with the pear ink. 

 Once my card stock was covered I grabbed my CTMH White Daisy pigment ink and the template I made earlier. 

 I placed the template on the card stock and inked up the circles with the white pigment ink. No rhyme or reason just covering areas with the different sized circles to give it the Bokeh look. You can even have a few of the circle attach to one another. 

 When I was done I took my sponge dauber and made a few random prominent daubes which really made some of the smaller circles stand out. 

 This was my finished card stock mat. Now all you have to do is embellish as you see fit. Below are a few more cards using this technique....

 This card I masked off a portion of the left side of the card stock leaving some white space. I used CTMH Rainy Day stamp set. I colored the image with Copics. 

 I used a die to cut out the sentiment and the camera. The camera was perfect considering we are taking about Boken...Say Cheese!! 

 I masked off the top and bottom of this card mat. I stamped the sentiment using the CTMH Happy To Be Friends stamp set. 

This one I added a few more embellishments to jazz it up. The stamp set is CTMH You're The Bomb. 

I can't wait to see what you create using the Bokeh technique!! 

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies out there :-)