Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cards Using Bokeh Backgrounds

I made cards with the Bokeh Background Techniques I made previously. For most of them, I stamped using permanent ink and added accents with gold ink pens, glitter pens, rhinestones and/or "pearls. Then layered the backgrounds onto colored card stock. Sometimes also adding a layer of white card stock.

On this one, I used a fern stencil and layered on green fast drying metal gloss paint, then let dry. Also added stamped "Happy Birthday" a white glitter cut out butterfly and 4 rhinestones before layering onto dark green card stock.

Bokeh Background Technique

This is a fun technique I learned at one stamp club, and am now demonstrating at my other stamp club. There are a couple of ways to create this look, I'm using the one I was taught.

Start with sponging on coordinating colors of die ink over white card stock.
 Completely cover the card stock with dye ink, blending the color edges together. Let completely dry.
 Sponge white pigment ink onto the background using various sizes of circles on a stencil.
 Overlap the circles and use different intensities/thickness of white ink. For small circles, a pencil eraser can also be used.

Here's the background I made:
 along with some others:

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Challenge Card

For stamp club, we are to make 9 cards out of these 3 sheets of 12" x 12" paper, a small piece of yellow paper and 9 vintage images.
 I decided to make these thank you cards:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Gray ATC

This month on 9ATC Group, we are to create an ATC with One Color, One Image and One Word all starting with the same letter. Used some textured paper and colored it with gray dye ink.

Stamped an image of a girl with gray dye ink on light gray paper. Used glossy accents to make tear drops. And black India Ink to stamp letters spelling grief.
Layered image on the textured paper, added a variegated gray ribbon and a 'gray' bead.
Gray - Girl - Grief

Thursday, April 2, 2015

TWO Altered Playing Card

We are doing an Altered Playing Card (APC) Swap on ArtVentures Group. The theme is Numbers, for April it is Number Two.

 Applied 3 layers of gesso. After drying, applied 2 shades of green Distress Paint, and finger painted to blend the colors together, let dry.

Dropped on ink from a Memory Mist bottle, when the ink dried, stamped on a splatter image with gold Encore! Ink. Stamped the number 2 with black India Ink.
Added an image of twins (two boys) from our family. Used a green glitter Gel pen to add doodled border. Wrote "two peas in a pod" with a black pen.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Magenta Color Perceptions ATC

 The color isMagenta in April for the Color Perceptions ATC Swap on the ArtVentures Group. The ATC is to be predominately magenta and be how the color magenta makes us feel. Magenta is a blue red. A rich color full of depth and warmth. A touch of luxury.
I cut a piece of patterned magenta colored paper and ran it through an embossing folder. Used a magenta ink pen to highlight the lower edges of the raised areas and colored over the main image with the same pen.

Covered the main raised area with magenta red mica powder using a wet paintbrush.
Added a cut flower out of another piece of patterned magenta paper, magenta bead & magenta fibers to the center of the large flower. Added magenta ribbon to the top & bottom of the ATC.