Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bokeh Challenge

Hello my crafty friends, I know another post! How did I accomplish this?! Well this is a very, very simple card. I wanted to try my hand at the bokeh technique and wouldn't you know that CAS Mix Up was having a bokeh challenge this month! I also needed a thank you card, so why not combine the two. 

Well I have to say I found something out when making this card. I have had daubers in my stash for years. Did you know they go bad? Probably so, but I didn't realize it. lol So got out a clean dauber and went to use it for my white circles and wouldn't you know it just disintegrated! What a mess. So went in search of a TH sponge to use on the blending tool. Ok that is better. So I did the bokeh look, ink blending and stamping as well as wet embossing. I think I covered it all. As always my recipes of supplies will be down below.  I told you it was a very, very simple card!

As always I thank you for taking the time to stop and visit with me for a while. Your comments always bring sunshine to this part of my world, especially since it is still dreary and raining a lot here. Could be snow though, so I'm not going to complain....to loud! lol Hope to be around to visit you soon too. 

Crafty hugs,

Card Recipe:
Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry and Spiced Marmalade
Hero Art White Unicorn ink
Maymay Made It Positive Vibes stamps for the "thanks"
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Ultra Thick Embossing powder in clear
DCWV Foil (mirror) black cardstock for the mat


Loll said...

You have mastered the bokeh technique with your first try Brenda! This is awesome! I LOVE the colours in the background and the shiny black thanks and frame. Very striking! Great work! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up! xx

Gail said...

Hi Brenda - thanks for dropping by my blog - wanted to let you know about a spinner card Karen Burniston has dies one can purchased to make a spinner card - basically when using the die for the spinner what happens is when one opens up the card a message or graphic - something POPS out - so it is somewhat like a spinner card. She has come up with how to use that die in the Tag book Die that I also own - so I made my tag Christmas Card for my friend - the deer pops [spins] out when the card is open - there are ENDLess possibilities using her dies. Thanks for stopping by and have a fab day!

Gail said...

HI Brenda - so I have noticed that my small sponges start falling apart after awhile - go figure on that - like the background of your Thank you card - very nice looking and has a CAS clean feel with all the sponging! TFS

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, it's stunning!! Wow!! The bokeh effect looks absolutely amazing!! You did a perfect job, Brenda!! I love, love it!! Such gorgeous colors!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

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Papercraft Boutique said...

Simple and gorgeous card, Brenda! Your Bokeh results turned out to be so soft and beautiful! Love the warm color combo with the striking black. The glossy sentiment looks so cool. I'm sorry to hear about your dauber trouble, but your card doesn't look like there was any tool issue at all! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!
Hideko xx

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous Bokeh sponging over your beautiful saturated sponged background. Love your color combo. We are a Clean and "Simple" Card Challenge, so perfect card for our challenge, Brenda. Love your black narrow frame and black sentiment too. TFS and joining us at CAS Mix Up. Hugs..Nancy

Jenny L said...

Hi Brenda,
oh my word your Bookeh card is gorgeously created.
Love the colours used and your wonderful technique.
Yes I too have had prblems with disintergrating blending sponges especially the Creative Expressions ones.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Anita in France said...

The soft sponged colours make for such a lovely background for your bokeh bubbles, Brenda ... what a dreamy, dimensional look you created, it's gorgeous! Hugs, Anita :)

kiwimeskreations said...

A wonderful card Brenda - love the bokeh effect you have achieved, and the black word and frame really let it take the credit it deserves

Jules said...

Hi Brenda

You have done a fabulous job! I love the finished look.

This challenge is on my "try to take part" list" .. .. every month as it starts I want to play along .. .. then time just seems to disappear.

Must try harder because it is fun to try different techniques!!!

Love Jules xx

Marilyn said...

Have a great day!

Sylvia said...

Pretty CAS card,Brenda.Love the Bokeh technique .


Carol L said...

I love this technique and the colors you chose make it look so elegant and classic with the black sentiment! A wonderful CAS and pretty card, and thanks for the tip about the sponge daubers - I had no idea they went bad!

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

So Beautiful, love your colour combo and the design, with the simple thanks in the centre all shiny and lovely. Looks like your daubers going bad did you a favour, it's an awesome card.

Kristie Goulet said...

This is so very pretty, Brenda! I think you have mastered the Bokeh technique! Hugs!

I Card Everyone said...

simple? maybe, but simply darling, as well, Brenda! and all the grief that you had - geesh, you persevered like a pro, and beautifully!

Viv said...

A brilliant Bokeh background on a lovely CAS card!
Thanks for joining CAS Mix Up this month
(Guest DT January @ CAS Mix Up)

Bonnie said...

Simple but beautiful, Brenda! I love the colors you've used and yes, I've found that the sponge daubers do disintegrate and usually at a bad time like when you're in the middle of sponging something! New sponges did the trick to get those pretty Bokeh dots! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful card Brenda :) Stay warm!
Hugs my friend, Tina

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

hi Brenda,
A truly brilliant Card, love it very clever Bokeh for first attempt and love the glossy thanks too.
Yes I discovered the same way as you did they go off. You can buy replacement tops for the dauber at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, as bought some when in US in Sept. however I think my paint inside has gone off too so think it’s a waste of time. I was given them I wouldn’t buy them. They don’t last like an ink pad,
Hugs Shaz in Oz.x

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PS Hoping that you might pop over to my new blog, the bottom link and join in. 😊

Gail said...

Hi Brenda - If you would like to try the Twist and Pop - there is a tutorial at Splitcoast Stampers that walks you through it - I have an SVG by Lori Whitlock - yet I tried some of the tutorial - you can get a tutorial there so give it a try - watch out - it can be addicting and honestly it is not difficult to make [when you follow hers it will be a longer spread for the inside] I was doing a combination - not as I would have liked it but my neighbor thought it was OKAY so I did not trash it. Just saying - thanks for stopping by - have a fab crafting week!

LesleyG said...

Simple is good Brenda, good job with the Bokeh, very pretty xxx

JD/ Jill said...

I like your card with the bokeh technique. I tried that technique one time...and mine did not come out as nice as yours. I guess I need to try and again...they say practice makes perfect...ha ha...
I didn't know that those sponges can disintegrate...but I do know from experience what can disintegrate...the rubber soles on boots (as I found out last year...after leaving little sponge pieces on the floor as I walked...haha... the good news is that I managed to get new boots this year. (I know it has nothing to do with cards...smile)