It’s new technique week here at Inspired by Stamping. Today, Lisa and Kylie are here sharing two fantastic techniques. Lisa is sharing the Bokeh technique. And Kylie is coloring on Kraft paper.

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We begin today with Lisa sharing the Bokeh technique!

Hi Everyone! Isn’t this a fun week featuring new techniques? I have been meaning to try the Bokeh technique for awhile now and decided to feature it for my post today. Bokeh is a term in photography referring to the out-of-focus points of light in a picture.

Using the Big Hello stamp set (free this month with a $50 purchase!), I created two cards to share with you:

Inspired by Stamping, Lisa Eisner, Big Hello stamp set, Bokeh technique, CAS cards

My cards feature two different techniques, sponging and watercoloring. To get started, I created a template by punching a ½, ¾, and 1 inch circle in a piece of scrap card stock.

Inspired by Stamping, Lisa Eisner, Big Hello stamp set, Bokeh technique, CAS cards

For this card, I sponged blue and purple dye ink over about three quarters of the card. I then randomly sponged white craft ink using my circle template. You can overlap your circles. I used varying degrees of pressure when sponging-the smallest circles were sponged the heaviest. The hello sentiment, from the Big Hello stamp set, was stamped in the area that wasn’t sponged. A few random rhinestones finish off the card.

Inspired by Stamping, Lisa Eisner, Big Hello stamp set, Bokeh technique, CAS cards

This card was watercolored. Using blue, pink, and purple inks, I watercolored the entire card and then used my circle template for the ‘unfocused points of light.’ After stamping the hello sentiment, from the Big Hello stamp set, I added a few sequins to finish off this version.

Inspired by Stamping, Lisa Eisner, Big Hello stamp set, Bokeh technique, CAS cards

Lastly, a different angle to see the Bokeh effect.

I hope you give this fun technique a try.

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Big Hello

Next up is Kylie using our Aster Flowers set on craft paper! LOVE her coloring with her card!

Hi there! Kylie, here. Thanks so much for coming by today! We are concentrating on New Techniques here at Inspired by Stamping so I decided to try colouring on kraft cardstock.

Here is what I came up with –

Inspired by Stamping, Kylie Purtell, FOTH Asters stamp set

I love how this turned out. I have used the Aster stamp set – it is such a wonderful set. Very versatile and fun to use.

Firstly, I embossed the Aster onto the kraft panel. Then I used waterbased markers to colour it all in. Why waterbased? Because I tried with my alcohol markers first and realised that I couldn’t wipe the ink off the embossed lines. Whoops! So, if you are going to try this technique, make sure you use waterbased markers and the ink will wipe straight off your embossing!!

Here is a close up of the Aster

Inspired by Stamping, Kylie Purtell, FOTH Asters stamp set

I also embossed the sentiment with white powder.

Inspired by Stamping, Kylie Purtell, FOTH Asters stamp set

Please let me know if you try this technique! I would love to see what you come up with.

Tips:

Use waterbased markers

I used lighter colours because having a darker cardstock made the colours deeper in the end

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Thanks so much for stopping by today

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We will be back tomorrow with our last day of new technique week. Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter too! See you tomorrow! With Paper Hugs, Joanna xxx

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