Bokeh and Pop of Paradise

One of my favorite new items from the catalog was the Large Pineapple and the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set. It took me a while to pop of paradisewarm up to both sets but they are a lot of fun to work with , especially with the summer fun that is ahead. who knew that Flamingos could be such a draw!

While designing all kinds of cards, getting ready for my launch, I felt that these stamps could be conducive to creating the bokeh effect.

Bokeh is a technique in photography that describes the appearance of blurry lights in an unfocused photo.  You see this technique used with city streets at night and Christmas trees around the holidays.  Whether these spots look like lights, they sure are pretty.

Bokeh “How To”

1. Wet a piece of Watercolor Paper –Spritz it really well and take some re-inker on an aqua painter.

2. Pick up some ink refill with a wet aqua painter or brush and add it to the water-color paper, one color at a time allowing it to spread and pool. It was fun to see the pinks separate into yellow and orange tones. . Be sure to clean your aqua painter each time you add ink.

3. Once your background looks ok, let it dry thoroughly or dry with heat tool.

4. Punch various size circles in a piece of Window Sheet to use as stencil I used the 3 smallest circles from the Circle Framelits Collection

5. Stencil the various circles with a sponge dauber, sponge circles randomly on top of the sponged card front with Whisper White Craft Ink – random circles in varying depths – some with more white than others. They are going to get messy, but that’s A-OK.  You can dry the circles by patting them with a paper towel or with a heat gun .

6. Go back over some of the circles again with White Craft ink and make them darker. Let dry or dry with heat tool

7. Stamp sentiment and finish layering your card.

8. Using the Bow maker Punch cut 2 times .

Bokeh in paradise9. Use a bone folder to curl and break up the paper fibers. To assemble, use glue dots on the ends of the curled bow pieces and fold them together.

10 Break up the fiber in the small middle piece with a bone folder. And adhere the bow ends to themselves.

11. Put another glue dot and fold around the middle. Put glue Dots on the bow ends and adhere to bow.

Some Materilas used include:

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