Butterfly Basics and the Bokeh Technique

One of the techniques my Technique Geek class attendees learned in January is the Bokeh Technique (pronounced Bo-kay). Bokeh refers to the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.

I had tons of fun making mine and I think they enjoyed it too. 🙂

My first one uses only two colors of ink, Perfect Plum and Tempting Turquoise.  How gorgeous is the die cut butterfly.  It makes my heart go pitter, patter every time I cut one out.


Creating the look:
*Choose two or three coordinating colors of ink.
*Pounce a Sponge Dauber into your first color of ink.
*With light pressure, swirl the ink onto a piece of Whisper White card stock creating random patterns.
*Continue with your second color and add a third color if you choose.  *You can overlap them a bit.
*Allow the ink to dry completely.
*Cut a 4×4 piece of Window Sheet and run it through the Big Shot with the three smallest Circle Framelits to create a template.  Place the window sheet over your colored piece.
*POUNCE (using an up and down motion) White Craft Ink into the holes, DO NOT rub as you can contaminate the dauber with color and then contaminate your ink pad.
*Move the mask around the colored piece until you have the coverage you desire.
*Lastly add random dots using just the Sponge Dauber.
*Allow the ink to dry or use a Heat Tool to speed up the process.  *Decorate as desired.

2015_spring_13We are having "Fun with Color" over on my Facebook Page, hop over there to see some of the cool combinations I have been sharing.



This card uses three colors of ink, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral and Lost Lagoon.  I also added a piece of the Flower Trim that is in cluded in the Artisan Embellishment Kit, you can find this kit on page 27 of the Occasions Catalog.


I love them both, which is your favorite?

Order these supplies in my online store at www.shoppingwithbarb.com 


Have you gotten your This Day Project Life Card Kit?  It is one of the products you can choose for FREE from the Sale-a-bration Catalog.  Stampin' Up! has a great video showcasing the pack and if that isn't enough inspiration, I have greeting cards I made with this pack on my blog HERE, HERE and HERE.


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