Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Have You Tried "Bokeh"

Making your own watercolor or inked backgrounds seems to be the newest trend in card making. My new favorite is the Bokeh technique .

I found this definition of Bokeh." In photography, Bokeh has been defined as the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".

 White card stock  was used for the card base.

Three colors of Distress Ink, Broken China, Wild Honey and Peeled Paint were used.

 I lightly inked large areas of the card base using paint daubers.

When the ink was dry, I used a circle stencil, which had many sizes of circles on it. I placed that over the inked background and then daubed  white ink in the circles. 

 I stamped "wheat" on this background using a Sage Green ink.

 Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of "Bokeh".

I hope you have a great day.
Ta Ta For Now.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Back To The "Books"

I love making mini-albums and I've been busy making books ever since I found this new book making technique. 

This book is not really an album but more of a journal.

I cover breakfast cereal boxes with paper and then ink the paper with Distress Ink. When that is dry I used a stencil and Texture Paste. I add some paint highlights and seal it with matte sealer.

 For this cover I used a dragonfly die as a stencil and  then used more Texture Paste. The die has been in my collection for about five years and this is the first time that I've used it.

I made six signatures from tea dyed  papers. The signatures were bound into the book using a stitched book binding technique.

Waxed linen was used to stitch the book and then I used some left-over beads to finish off the braid.
 I used bits and pieces of paper and beads in making this book so today I'm joining the Snippets Challenge #170 over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Pixies Crafty Workshop

I'm also entering this in
Darnell's NBUS Challenge #4.
The challenge is to use a Never-Before-Used-Stuff in your creation.
 Click on the logo below and it will take to Darnell's blog where you can view all the entries in this challenge.

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Watercolor Poppy Card

This is the second card that I made using the watercolor background and layers of die cuts.
This is one of the first six inch square cards that I've ever made.

 Instead of using four layers of die cuts for this card I used two. The top layer of the die cut  was cut from  watercolor paper and the bottom layer was cut from card stock. I used the Distress Ink to dye the rayon seam binding.

 I used watercolor paper for the background and painted it using Distress Inks .
Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope you'll visit again soon.
Ta Ta For Now.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

You Should Try This New Card Making Technique

I'm a big fan of The Penny Black Blog and love all the card making ideas that they share each week.
On February 17th they showed a new "Creative Dies Dimensional' technique.  Click on the link and it should take you to the Penny Black blog post.

Here  is the card that I created using this new technique.

I used watercolor paper as the base and painted it using my aqua brush and some Broken China colored  Distress Ink.

I followed the instructions from the video and used four layered  die-cut. This flower die is from Memory Box.

 Distress Ink and my aqua brush were used to paint the flowers, leaves and stems before the whole flower die-cut was glued to the card base.

 I dyed the rayon seam binding ribbon by using the pink Distress Ink that was used to paint the flowers and a little water. Dried it quickly by using a heat gun.

Have a great day and I  hope you'll check out the instructions for using  this new watercolor technique and make a new card, then leave me a comment and tell me how you liked it.

Ta Ta For Now,

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Birthday Card For A Special Girl

It's my youngest granddaughter's birthday so I thought I would share the birthday card that I made for her.

The image used on this card  is a favorite of mine from "A Day For Daisies". I colored the digital image by using colored pencils and blending the colors by using baby oil.

There are an assortment of dies used and all of them are from Spellbinders. My all time favorite embossing folder was used for the base.

Have a great day!