Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bokeh Challenge

Another challenge we had in our group is to do the Bokeh background.  My first try I don't feel like I got enough of the white ink on there, and not even sure if I gave the background enough time to dry before adding the white ink.  Also next time I would give my whole background longer to dry before stamping, when I first stamped it, it looked all nice and dark but as it dried you can see the white came through just a bit.

I used distress inks in Mustard seed and the new cracked pistachio for my first background, just adding them with the sponge applicator.  I then took a piece of transparency and cut out the 3 smallest circles in my spellbinders dies set for a stencil to add the white circles.

I also stamped with the Unity Stamp company, Insightful meadows stamp set

On my second try I used Distress inks in Weathered wood and Dried Marigold.  I think pushing my applicator in the ink a little harder I was able to pull up more ink and get a better result on this one.  I used the finger sponge applicators to add the white ink through my stencil.

On this one I used Autumn Leaves, flower stamps set and SRM Stickers -- Thinking of you set for the sentiment.

I do love the softness of these backgrounds and you just might see them again in the future.

My Father in law is doing better he is out of ICU and in a regular room so things are going in the right direction, thanks to you all for your prayers and good wishes for him, I appreciate it so much.

Our temps are going to be warming up this next week, I am excited about getting outside and walking and just getting out without the cold winds.

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today, Have a wonderful weekend,



Stephanie said...

Your card looks wonderful, Connie, and the background looks exactly like Bokeh...I love it! :)

I am glad yur father is doing better - praise the Lord. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Connie, these are so beautiful, and I love the soft, wispy feel to them! Such beautiful cards. And praise God that your dear dad is in a regular room and making good progress. Continuing to pray for him and you and your family. Hugs!

Susan (rainy) said...

Very cool technique!! Your cards are gorgeous.
Good to hear that your father-in-law is improving!

Marie-Louise said...

Brilliant cards Connie. Glad your father in law is improving.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah Connie these are two simply superb pieces of work with the Bokeh... it is tricky to get the hang of it I agree but you excelled well done, I am still not happy with mine! :d
.. and thanks for popping over too,
Shaz in Oz.x
{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards blog}

Leslie Miller said...

Your backgrounds look so soft and pretty! I always wanted to try this again. Did it once and loved it. Good to hear your FIL is doing better!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Gorgeous cards Connie. The background came out fantastic on both cards. The colors are so pretty and soft.

nitestamper said...

gorgeous cards, Connie!!!!!
and love the WOW effect on the background!!!!

Bethany Carson said...

Glad to hear your father-in-law is doing better! I love this card as well--but then I may just love all cards!!