Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Dragonfly Garden & Art Gallery Stamp Sets Bokeh Technique

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Today's card was inspired by three challenges, and a desire to try the Bokeh technique :)  Please click on the image links below and visit each challenge blog.  Enjoy the inspiration and then go and create yourself a card :)  

First I was inspired by Fusion - Colour Palette: Birds Challenge, I loved the focal point of circles at the top of the card.  And, I wanted to push myself to try and use the colours together.  

Second, the #GDP331 Theme Challenge this week is Dots & Circles.  I was so inspired by the creations from the design team I decided to finally try the Bokeh technique to create the circles.  

Third, the Paper Player Challenge #579 theme is Wild about Wildlife.  I'm not sure my card fits with the Clean And Simple Challenge focus this week, but at this point everything was coming together in my brain and I just had to create a Bokeh garden of flowers with a Dragonfly :)  


Assembly & Trix:

*  Create a Bokeh technique using Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie & Merry Merlot ink, blending with Blending Brushes to achieve different depths of colour.  *** Click here to see the Pinterest Idea Pin and learn how to create the Bokeh technique. 

*  Stamp the dragonfly with Merry Merlot ink and add a bit more ink with blending brushes.  

*  Stamp the sentiment with Merry Merlot and cut out.  *** Trix, save 1/4 scrap strips of Basic White cardstock and use for a quick sentiment strip, then just cut to desired length. 

*  Adhere the Bokeh piece to piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock a 'smidge' bigger (1/16th of an inch) with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  Glue the dragonfly and sentiment to the Bokeh layer and adhere to the Merry Merlot card base with dimensionals.

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Click on the image to visit the Fusion Challenge.

Click the image to go to the Fusion Challenge blog

Click on the image to visit #GDP331

Click the image to go to the #GDP331 Challenge 

  Click on the image to visit the PP579 Challenge

Click the image to go to the PP579 Challenge

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  1. A beautiful card, Lesley! The bokeh background is perfect for the dragonflies. Thank you for including such clear directions for creating it. You make it look easy. It's a wonderful color combination. I think your card is clean and simple, and I thank you for sharing it in my Clean and Simple challenge at The Paper Players this week!

    1. Wow Ann thank you so very much for your lovely words! I’m so glad you found the directions helpful - give it a try - it’s a fun one 🙂
      Thx for the support and encouragement that I’m on the right track 🙂
      I love the paper players challenges - They alway inspire me!

  2. Great job incorporating all of the challenges with this card. I can see a bit of the sketch in the bokeh technique and your use of the color palette. Thank so much for sharing this over at The Fusion Card Challenge.

    1. Thank you Laurie! I loved the challenge!
      Thx so much for the inspiration🙂

  3. So pretty - the background is gorgeous! Glad you joined us at Fusion!

    1. Thank you for your lovely compliment Linda! Your challenge is inspiring! I really enjoyed playing along! 😁

  4. I love bokeh backgrounds and yours is just perfection! I love it and the dragonflies look lovely against that beautiful background. Thanks for joining us at The Fusion Card Challenge. Claire DT

    1. Thanks so very much Claire for your beautiful compliment! I truly appreciate you visiting and leaving your comment. Thanks for the inspiring challenge!


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