Thursday, 30 July 2015

Play in the rain with me

I have revisited an old technique today which I have not used in a long time, the BOKEH technique.
I have created a duo of cards today showcasing the fabulous Springtime stamp set from Artistic Outpost. I looked on-line to check exactly what is meant by the Bokeh Effect and this is the explantion that was given:

Bokeh is the official name for a specific photography effect. The name actually comes from the Japanese word for blur or haze: boke. It also comes from the Japanese word for blur quality: boke-aji. All you need to know is that bokeh is the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus blur in a photograph.
I began both cards by applying Distress Inks to the background. The one on the left had two colours applied to a non-stick craft sheet, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks, which I then spritzed with water and I then mopped up the beads of ink. The second card was blended with Broken China Distress Ink.
Once I had achieved the desired depth of colour I then created my own template, die cutting several different sized circles from white card. I then placed the template onto the card and applied Glacier White pigment ink over the stencil, one circle at a time., moving the template around the card, applying ink through three different sized circles and overlapping the circes in some areas. I then heat dried the ink with a heat tool.
I also applied more Glacier White ink to some of the circles to achieve different depths of the same ink. To add further interest I also added some random machine stitching and the perfect sentiment from the Springtime stamp set.
I repeated the same technique on my second card  and stamped two of the sentiments into the inked circles.
Once again I added random machine stitching for added interest.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x 



Cath said...

I love this Tracy....I think I may have to give this a go. Thanks for the inspiration xxxx

A Pink said...

Lovely cards ! Tracy n a very impressive technique - Might have to try that one out sometime . Do love that stamp and sentiments . x

Pamellia said...

Wow Tracy, amazing job creating a Bokeh effect. I have tried a couple techniques but nothing turned out as wonderful as these! Love the different colours you used, both are so beautiful! hugs :)

Redanne said...

I just love the effect you achieved using the Glacier White ink, both cards are absolutely stunning. It is a beautiful stamp set! Anne xx

butterfly said...

Beautiful Bokeh - the Glacier White has really done the trick, and I love the inky splatters on the pink/orange version - lovely delicate work.
Alison xx

Julia Aston said...

what a great effect! love the circles and fun stitching!

Anonymous said...

This technique is perfection for your stamp choice. Just so very beautiful, subtle but with such impact.

rachel said...

a beautiful quote Tracy - love these xx

Mona Pendleton said...

Fantastic cards Tracy! Love the various color palettes and whimsical stitching!

Unknown said...

Tracy, I LOVE these cards!! I love the Bokeh technique and just don't do it enough myself!! I even wrote an article about it for Paper Crafter's Library when I was writing for them!!
(here's the link just in case you wanna see--- )
I love the Bokeh behind the kids--it highlights them perfectly!!
Happy Friday!! XOXO-Shari

hazel said...

Beautiful cards Tracy, I love the effect of the technique that you've used.
xxx Hazel.

Deb said...

That is so effective Tracy, thanks for your great tutorial on how you achieved your bokeh look, I love it!