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Are you in the mood for a little serendipity? Then you must give the Bokeh technique a try using some of your Stampin' Up! supplies.
What is Bokeh? And how do we translate that to our stamps and inks?
In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".
Card created by Suzan Visentin
At our team meeting this month we focused on experimenting with the Bokeh technique. It was a first for all of us and the results were quite diverse. See the circles of white on the background - they are created with Stampin' Up! Whisper White ink sponged through a mask cut with different sized circles. I used Window sheet and the Circles Framelits to make the masks. Don't try to use your punches as they don't cut window sheet very well!!!
Card created by Patricia Arentz
To create the background we spritzed some water colour paper with water, then dropped 2 - 4 colours of re-inker onto the paper. Spritz again to disperse the colour more. If the colour is too intense for your liking, simply blot with some paper towel, then dry with the Heat Tool.
Load a sponge with Whisper White, and starting with the largest circle, sponge through the mask moving it randomly over the background. Next sponge through the next smallest circle and continue until your background looks like it is spotted with light. Hasten drying by using the heat tool, because you just will not be able to wait to continue with your creation! You will start to see some very interesting effects now.
Card created by Ann Craig
The 3 samples above show the varying degrees of intensity that you are able to choose when adding the white ink. We used the gorgeous Butterfly Basics stamp set and Framelits dies which we bought as a bundle and saved some $'s. The stamps are gorgeous and so adaptable.
When the background is thoroughly dry you can add stamps, die cuts, embellishments or ribbons to complete a unique card.
Card created by Ceshton Hanns
Contact me if you would like further information on this technique. We will be doing a class on this method of creating in my Techniques Class some time later in the year. You are welcome to join the class.