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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Bokeh Effect Anniversary

Hi all.  Yes, I know, I can hear you all saying 'not another anniversary card', but I had another family anniversary to make a card for and I have seen this technique used quite a bit recently so wanted to try it out.  The equivalent word for 'bokeh' in Japanese means blur or haze and refers to a technique used in photograhy where out of focus points of light are produced by a lens, sometimes accidentally and sometimes to give a certain effect.  I know the points of light should be round but as this is an anniversary card I thought I would make them heart shaped, just a bit of artistic license. 

I decided to make this a clean and simple card for the Happy Little Stampers two challenges which I am just in time to enter.  The first is Stencilling, and the second is this Sketch.

                                                                                 

I notice that the Guest Designer Nancy Littrell over at the HLS Challenge has used this technique on her card which I think must have stuck with me and given me the idea, although I must admit it wasn't until I looked at the challenge again after I had made the card and I went back to the beginning of the month to check it out that I remembered that this was one of the places I had seen it used, so I will credit her with giving me the idea.  



My piece of card was actually made with acrylic paints on the Gelli Plate.  I bought some cheap Docrafts paints in primary colours and used a small bit of Electric Blue and Canary Yellow straight on to the Gelli Plate and mixed it using a brayer.  I got a piece of bubble wrap and imprinted the pattern on to the wet paint and allowed it to dry.  When it was dry I used a buttermilk colour brayered over the top to refresh the paint and then using some gelli card I pulled the print. I found the gelli print colour was a bit uninspiring but I added some exra bits of Mowed Lawn and Mustard seed Distress Inks sponged on to give it a bit more punch.  I then used a stencil I made myself from a piece of acrylic and a small heart from a set by Nellie Snellen which I used on my last post and sponged white acrylic paint through it and overlapped the shapes to give a bit more depth.  I wasn't sure whether it had the right look as my paint was a bit thicker perhaps than a white pigment ink and covered the background a bit too heavily.  I then decided to add the odd bit of sponged Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry DI to highlight the white hearts and was happier with the finished look, although I think that the pattern from the bubble wrap can't really be seen now.

The central die cut is a Marianne Creatables die called Folklore.  I cut the first from the piece of Gelli printed card and I cut a second out of a snippet of Gold Mirri card and this one I embedded into the background card.

I finished by layering the background card on to a snippet of Gold Mirri card and stamped the sentiment using Brilliance Galaxy Gold Ink.

Thank you for taking a look at my blog today.

Pat x

I am also entering the following challenges:

Pixie's Crafty Workshop  - Week 174. Where we have to use up our snippets of card etc.
Inkspirational Challenge - the word prompt is 'Space', and my card has lots of white space.
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - Make your Mark.
Simon Says Monday Challenge - Anything Goes.
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.

     

19 comments:

  1. Such a great background you created! Makes me think I may have to invest in a gelli plate... Thanks for linking up with us at ATSM!

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  2. This is really beautiful Pat. I LOVE the bokeh hearts ... artist license indeed! :) So pretty over top of your gelli plate background. When I click on the card to see a close-up I can just make out a few of the bubbles in the background. Such pretty colours and layering. I bought two Gelli Plates a few months back, but haven't taken them out of the packages yet. Need to get on that! Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers.

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  3. This is an amazing look, love the bokeh hearts and the colours you have used are lovely. Great to see you at Ink and ATSM

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  4. So elegant!! What a beautful effect using the hearts. Amazing. I also love how you decided to Make your Mark on your card. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers and ATSM xx

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  5. Wow Pat this is gorgeous, I love what you've done in the background. Thanks for your kind words at my blog, it's very much appreciated. It was a very difficult decision to leave CB's team but often change is good for the soul (at least for me). I will still continue to blog but maybe a little less, not sure at this point as we tend to keep busy. Thanks for your ongoing visits and comments. Hugs, Shirleyxx

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  6. What a fabulous card Pat! I adore the bokeh hearts background - very clever :) Reminds me I ought to get my Gelli plate out and have a play!

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  7. A beautiful anniversary card Pat,. The background you created looks great and I like the embeded die cut.
    Jean x

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  8. Fabulous, fun and exotic - love your bokeh style.
    Thanks for sharing and playing along at ATSM challenge

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  9. Hi Pat

    Have added you to the list for the prize draw :)

    Hugs

    Di xx

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  10. A very lovely card. Love the background. Thanks for playing along with us over at Inkspirational! :-)

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  11. What a gorgious anniversary card Pat, simple but very beautiful , I love your background technique as well!!
    Thanks for your nice words on the CB blog and my own blog, end I invite you to come to my own blog to see my creations, yes I want to be free, I feel better that way, although I loved the stamps of CB a lot, but my English is not so good and it was difficult for me spending a lot of hours after the computer to explain everything in English a, that gave me some stress because I have olso to do other things, I love to create , but I don't love the computer so much , being 62 it's time to life the live I want !! So no stress anymore for me and my lovely hobby!!

    Have a nice stamping time yourself!!
    MAria

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  12. Hi Pat, what a great post and very informative. I have yet to try this technique but have seen that it is quite popular at the moment and you have explained it brilliantly along with your beautiful card xx

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  13. And the prize for most creative new idea goes to YOU, Pat! It's just from me, but I hope you don't mind! I think your heart-shaped bokeh design is brilliant! Truly genius! I have a feeling it will be CASEd again and again!! Well done!! Hugs, Darnell

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  14. Oh this is fabulous and so elegant.
    luv
    Debby

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  15. Pat, this is lovely! I am smitten with the touch of gold. Very pretty!
    Thank you for sharing your work with us this week for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

    ~Michelle

    http://www.michellezerull.blogspot.com

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  16. Gorgeous card Pat! It's so elegant and pretty.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    hugs
    Mandy xx

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  17. Gorgeous. Bokeh effects in photography can be heart shaped (depends on the filters you use) - and I love the effect you've created here. Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!

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