Hello! Today I tried something out of my comfort zone. I was checking out the DieNamites November DT Tips & Techniques Blog Hop (Click HERE to see it… there are some nifty tips and fabulous new dies out!), and I decided to look at their November Inspiration Challenge (which you can find HERE) while I was there. This was the inspiration photo:
I’m not particularly fond of the Bokeh look on cards. (FYI, Bokeh is from the Japanese word for ‘blur’ or ‘haze’ and refers to the out-of-focus points of light in a photograph.) Perhaps because I haven’t tried it enough to like it. However I really liked the twilight shimmer in this photo and wanted to see if I could come up with a similar look. Here’s what I came up with:
I started by spritzing over the butterfly as a stencil so that I would have a white area to offset the die cut after coloring the back to get the bright edge.
Then I kept a butterfly on the white area as a mask as I added layers of color. For the Bokeh dots, I used a white Sharpie oil based paint marker. It takes a few layers to get the opaque white, so you can easily vary the tone of each dot.
Tip: I don’t have a sticker maker for my intricate dies like Erin suggested in the hop (HERE), so I use Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L’s E-Z dots runner. The negative is that they leave some little shiny spots that extend over the edges as you can see above. These can easily be picked up with a rubber square sold at art supply stores for removing rubber cement. Below you can see they are gone from the die and all in a little ball on the end of my rubber square.
Tip 2: You can tell from the picture of the die I used that, like Martha Lucia suggested (HERE), you can cut apart your dies to mix them up a bit. I also suggest layering your die cuts to add dimension and depth. I cut the butterfly 3 times and affixed the bottom layer to the card and affixed just the middle of the top two, bending the wings over a pencil to raise them.
- DieNamites Butterfly Applique which you can find HERE
- Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Coral Reef & S.W.A.K.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens: 055, 933, 965
- Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Barn Door, Faded Jeans, and Spiced Marmalade
- Sharpie Oil Based Paint Marker – White
- Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Dots
- Misc. Cardstock – White, yellow, blue
I’m playing along in the following hops and challenges:
- DieNamites November DT Tip and Technique Blog Hop: http://www.die-namitesblog.com/2015/11/november-dt-tip-and-technique-blog-hop.html
- DieNamites November Inspiration Challenge: http://www.die-namitesblog.com/2015/11/november-inspiration-challenge.html
- edited to add a late addition: STAMPlorations’ ARTplorations Stencil Blog Hop, Running Dec. 9-13, 2015. http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2015/12/artplorations-stencil-blog-hop-day-2.html
As always, I appreciate hearing your thoughts and comments. Have a great day!
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This is totally a new techniques, for me at least. Nice card. Will return to learn more.
Thanks for joining the Flash Stencil Linky Party at STAMPlorations this month with your gorgeous card. Carol DT x