Sunday, 17 August 2014

Birthday Girl

Happy Sunday and welcome.  Sometimes colour combinations can be difficult and finding a palette or photo can spark our creativity.  If you have never been to the DESIGN SEED site before go check it out.  That is where the inspiration for this card began as I saw this combination of colour.
 
*brushstrokes* | fresh hues
 
Bokeh backgrounds are all the rage right now and I saw a video on UTube that showed how to create an easy bokeh background so I was in.  I began by watercolouring my beachy feeling background on a piece of watercolour paper.  I just used my Distress inks to paint with.  Just using an acrylic block, I rubbed the pads directly onto it then added water and started to paint. 
When that was dry, I used a circle stencil with various sized circles that I had cut from a piece of acetate and randomly sponged on white Color Box pigment ink over that.  The smallest circles were made using the eraser end of a pencil.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from WPlus 9 and added my sequins to finish off my card. 
 
Also adding my card to these challenges:
 
Mixed Media Card- SUMMER (beachy colours)
 
Addicted to CAS- GEOMETRIC (circles)
 
Simon Says- SUMMER (beach colours)
 
Allsorts Challenge- MASKING or STENCILING
 
 
Thanks so much for coming by and taking a look.
 
Supplies:  stamps- WPlus 9/ Distress ink/ Memento bl ink/ Color Box white ink/ paint brush/ acrylic block/ sequins/ circles stencil (homemade)/ inking sponge
 

24 comments:

Gibmiss said...

Hi Karen
Another stunner from you... Must try this Bokeh...
Hugs Sylvie xxx

Susanne Vargas said...

So soft and dreamy - love it! This technique is on my "list" of things to try out...

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Karen, we both love blue, but this is gorgeous!! What an amazing technique that you've really mastered! Wow! Hugs, sweet friend!!

Anita Liedtke said...

So so beautiful !!!

Deepti said...

So beautiful :) love it, thank u for sharing with ATCAS n MMCC !

Melissa Bove (SCS ~ Melissa1872) said...

Gorgeous card Karen! Love that amazing background!! Fab colors!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

hugs...
Melissa

C. Jellie said...

This is beautiful- I love the background and will have to try this technique.

Far North said...

So dreamy beautiful! Love the depth of your card. Thanks for sharing your resources. So glad you are entering Mixed Media Card Challenge.

Julia Aston said...

I've seen a few of these Bokeh cards around recently - and yours is just gorgeous in the blues Karen! what a lovely technique - it sure speaks summer as in cool waters for swimming or gorgeous blue sky! Thanks for playing with the Mixed Media Card Challenge!

Kylie said...

Another beautiful background, Karen. Love the blues - my favourite. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS xx

Tirpuunen said...

This is gorgeous, so beautiful!

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Wow ! Its fantastic.!

Sarah said...

Beautiful card Karen, love the different shades of blue. Thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week x

shirley-bee said...

Gorgeous bokeh card, Karen :)

Charlene said...

I tried this background last night, in a birthday card! I love the colors you used , so pretty!!! Thanks for playing along with us at Mixed Media Card Challenge

Ingrid Kristina V said...

Stunning background and great choice of colours! Ingrid x

Vicki Dutcher said...

KAREN! This is stunning! Fabulous bokah effect - Thanks for joining in with ATCAS~

Jill Neary said...

now that is amazing! absolutely beautiful x

Lee Ann Barrett said...

Wow! Your bokeh effect is stunning, Karen!

Leikkaan Mervi said...

Fabulous background, have to test myself!
Beautiful card, love the colours.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts, welcome again;-))m

Jennifer Jackson said...

This is beautiful! I will have to check out that background technique! love it!

Sanna Lippert said...

beautiful, beautiful card! thanks for playing along with us at MMCC :)

OH Babs said...

Another beautiful Karen Dunbrook card. I learn more from your posts than any other and I thank you for giving instructions.

andreawalford said...

I just wanted to let you know that we loved your project and we gave it a shout out on the Paper Crafter's Library Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/papercrafterslibrary