A Little Bokeh

Stampin' Up, Bloom with HopeI decided to play with a new technique the other day.  In photography, the bokeh technique is when the background is blurry, but the focal image is in focus.  This is my “stamping take” on it.

I inked up the background first – using Daffodil Delight “direct to paper” over Very Vanilla card stock.  Then I dripped water from a aqua painter over the card stock (a little at a time) and sponged ink over it.  I used Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss.

For the tree branches and flowers, I used the new hostess set, Bloom with Hope.  I stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then colored with Blendabilities.  I knew they’d be dark enough to cover the background, but still allow the black lines of the image to show through.  I added the stamped, punched butterfly (Papillion Potpourri) to the top corner, because it just seemed a little empty.

I was a bit disappointed, because the flowers were so flat.  I was moaning that I should have used a stylus over the back of the flowers to pop them up a little.  Rachel suggested that I put some glitter on the flowers and butterfly.  She must have seen my eyes light up, because she said, “a little glitter.”  I should have used the Dazzling Details; I used Dazzling Diamonds glitter and a 2-way glue pen instead.  I think it’s a little much on the flowers.  (I know!  When I think it’s too much glitter, we’re in trouble!)  Honestly, though, it’s not quite as bold in person as it is in the photo.

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy.  Have a wonderful day!

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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3 Responses to A Little Bokeh

  1. Brenda Tapp says:

    Great work!!!

    Brenda Tapp (from my iMini)


  2. Sharon Steinwand says:

    I love the soft look of the background! Did you have an issue with the paper curling along edges?


    • buffycooper says:

      Thanks, Sharon! I was really pleased with how it turned out. I didn’t have trouble with curling this time. (I was surprised.) I heated it with my heat gun (on both sides) until it stayed flat. Tip from my wonderful daughter-in-law.


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