Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Watercolor and Bokeh

Yay!  It's time for a new 2-week challenge at Seize The Birthday.  This time there is no Toppings option.  So...anything goes.  Well, as long as it's a Birthday card, of course.

It wasn't easy to decide what technique I wanted to use for this No Toppings challenge.  I'm seeing so many fun video tutorials lately.  When I came across Dawn Woleslagle's video on the Bokeh technique...that made my decision easy!  HERE is the link to her video, if you want to check it out.

I made 2 cards using this technique.  I'll show you my second attempt first.  I love how this one turned out!  The first one...not so much.  I'll include a photo of it at the bottom of this post though, so you can see what I mean.

This was SO much fun.  I love playing with watercolors, as you've probably noticed.  Then add to that some circle stenciling, some Wink of Stella and a few sequins.  Oh. And a heat embossed sentiment, too. 
Well.  Good times! is my first attempt at Dawn's Bokeh technique.
I added some white splatter to this card, and it just doesn't look right.  THEN when I stamped "birthday" under the Happy sentiment it just looked wonky.  So, I stamped it on a scrap that I had trimmed off the main panel. I attached that with foam tape.  Hmmm, it just doesn't look right.
But I figured it was only fair to show you my experimental card!

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a comment.  I lvve reading them!

Supplies for "It's Your Day" ~
Card stock: white (Recollections from Michael'), watercolor paper (Artist's Loft from Michael's)
Stamps: think big favorites #2 (PTI)
Ink: versamark, unicorn white
Other: white ep (SU), watercolores and brushes (Michael''s), sponge dauber (SU), clear wink of stella (Kuretake), in color sequins (SU)

Supplies for the "Happy Birthday" ~
Same as for the card above, just different watercolors and the sentiment is from Wet Paint by PTI.


  1. I like both of your pretty cards! what an interesting technique! I'm off to check it out!

  2. Very pretty card Susie! Love that you tried this technique!

  3. Gorgeous! I am intrigued by this. :)

  4. So sorry I have been so quiet lately! Trying to get back in the swing of things with work and such! It was nice perusing your blog today! You've been quiet busy and have done some beautiful work! Love the video link too...thanks so much! BTW love both the cards and the purple one looks Great! Have a wonderful day!

  5. Totally the coolest bokeh card Susie! This is a technique that is high on m 'to try' list and it just crept up a little higher lol.

  6. This is such a pretty bokeh! I can stare at this card forever and ever :) beautiful!

  7. I agree with Deepti! I could just look at this forever! So beautiful! Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

  8. What a wonderful card! I actually watched the video, and I am definitely going to have to try this. The colors are so beautiful!

  9. I love them both. I like the simplicity of the second card, and the deep colors of the fist one.


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