Monday, October 30, 2017

Non-traditional Christmas

Hi, everyone!  It's my turn to share a Project of the Week on The House That Stamps Built blog and I'm going to show you how to create a bokeh background with stamped images.  It creates such a soft look and it's pretty fun, specially if you don't mind doing a lot of sponging.  Here are the things you will need:
 -several coordinated ink colors: I used SU! Tempting Turquoise, Lovely Lilac and Green Galore dye inks plus MFT Gray Grout for image stamping
-white ink: I used SU! white craft ink
-ink daubers or sponges
-white card stock panel
-stamps: I used:
  Repeat Impressions "Snowflake Solid (lg)", "Snowflake Solid (small)" and "Christmas"

Start out with one of your ink colors; sponging it in several places on your panel.  I chose Tempting Turquoise as it was my darkest color.
 Sponge on your next color, overlapping in some areas.
 Sponge on your next color filling up the rest of the white space.  It looks a little splotchy right now, due to the rough edges of my sponge daubers, but don't worry, it will be fixed!
 I switched to sponge pieces and continued to sponge on the ink colors, darkening them, smoothing the color and blending all the colors together better.
 Once you get your inks blended how you want them, start adding the white.  I used the sponge dauber to create different sized circles.  For the smaller circles, I simply pressed the inked dauber directly down onto the paper, like a stamp.  For the larger circles, I used the dauber in a circular motion to create various sized circles.  Overlap them here and there and make some darker by adding more ink over top of the ink already there.  The edges will soften as the ink dries.  Now, be patient and let your panel dry (I know from experience that it will make the next step easier!)
 I used my light gray ink to stamp the large and small snowflakes onto the panel.  I used my mini MISTI because I knew I would have to stamp each image several times since the ink is so light.  I wanted them to be subtle which is why I chose the light ink, but I also wanted them to be seen.
 After the panel dried completely, I turned it into my finished card.  As you can see, as the inks dried (specially that white craft ink) everything softened and blended together perfectly!  I am loving these non-traditional colors for Christmas!!
I finished it off with a bit of ribbon I've had forever, a vellum die cut snowflake topped with a recycled button, and some nuvo crystal drops.  Thanks for checking out my Project of the Week!

Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Snowflake Solid (lg)", "Snowflake Solid (sm)" and "Christmas"
Dies: Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A"; Sweet n Sassy small snowflake

Christmas at Sweet Stampin--anything goes
Through The Purple Haze #136--undtraditional Christmas colors
ABC Christmas--U is for unlimited and V is for vibrant
The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge--anything goes
Crafting By Designs--Get ready for Christmas
Fab n Funky #368--Christmas
MFT #356--sketch

Mod Squad--add snow with optional twist of making a bokeh background
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--anything goes
Cardz TV #19--anything goes


Di said...

Fabulous! One to try out :) xx

Linda Mc Enery said...

Oh wow!! I love this!!! Thank you for your progress shots, I am inspired! What a beautiful finished product!

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful card Heather, love those colors!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Joyce Erb said...

Love the soft colors, so pretty. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

Chris said...

So pretty1 Such lovely colours and a beautiful design. Thanks for joining us at Fab N Funky.

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