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  • Debbie Gaetz, Bella Carta

It's a Bokeh

I belong to an online stamp group that coordinates various swaps. In the last couple of months, they've added swaps that require using a particular technique. I've appreciated those because it makes me stretch outside my "routine" and forces me to try some techniques that I would otherwise not try or not know about. And it was a welcome respite to the stay-home lifestyle.

Ranger's Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Worn Lipstick; Wilted Violet; Dusty Concord

Ranger's Tim Holtz: Mini Alcohol Mini Applicator Tool (round) & Felt Pads

Hero Arts Hero Hues: Unicorn

Tsukineko: VersaFine Clair in Nocturn

Rubbermoon: Moonmaker Art Stencil by Kae Pea "Skymaker/Celestial Stencil"

Echo Park: Magical Dots Stencil MAG 177033

Altenew: Build-A-Flower Stargazer Stamp Set ALT3698

Hero Arts: Beautiful World Stamp Set CM407

Picket Fence Studios: Life Changing Blending Brushes

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Card Stock (80 lb. in white)

Cut cardstock to make an A2 Vertical card.

Using the blender brushes, apply the Distress Ink colors to the front of the card. I recommend allowing time to dry the ink or heat set it before going to the next step. Use circle stencils to dab the white pigment ink through using the applicator tool by pouncing the ink to the stencil opening. If your stencil sheet is going to cover any previously inked areas, heat set that section first; otherwise, the ink will be on the backside of the stencil to avoid smudges on other areas of the card as you move around. I used the eraser of a #2 pencil to make the small dots; the very small dots were from the Magical Dots Stencil.

Once everything is dry, stamp the floral image and the sentiment with the VersaFine Clair ink. I highly recommend using a stamp platform or other stamp positioning tool so if you need to reapply the ink, it won't be a problem.

On this particular card, I stamped over the bokeh pattern. I liked the end result better than the other card where I masked the floral image when applying the bokeh pattern.

I hope you'll try the bokeh technique. It's really fun and has so many possibilities.

Thank you for stopping in. I have another swap to share with you next time. Stay healthy and be safe.

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