Monday, January 23, 2017

SSINKspiration Technique Challenge #SSINKTC41: Bokeh Valentine

Good morning!  It's the start of the new week and it's always excited to see what's in store for us.  Monday also brings us a new challenge over on the  SSINKspiration blog and this time it's a technique challenge, which I always look forward to each month.  This month's technique is bokeh and I've always admired the technique and didn't realize how easy it really is until I actually tried it and I love how soft and angelic it looks.

I started with Smoky Slate cardstock for the cardbase and then added a piece of Basic Black cardstock that I embossed with gold embossing powder using the Timeless Textures stamp set (such an elegant stamp).  Next I used the Big Shot and Sweet and Sassy Framelits to cut a large heart out of Whisper White cardstock.  On the heart I used a sponge to  swirl Real Red and Basic Black ink all over the heart.  Next I took a sponge dauber and Whisper White Craft ink and gently sponged circles using the craft ink to create the bokeh technique (see it really is that simple!)

Next I used the Sealed with Love stamp set and stamped the greeting in Basic Black ink on Real Red cardstock before cutting it out with the same framelits.  I added a gold heart from the Metallic Enamel Shapes and then attached the greeting to the cardfront with dimensionals.

The final touch was to add a knot I tied using the gold ribbon from the 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (a Sale-a-bration Freebie!) and after tying the knot I really worked the edges so they would separate and fray for added texture before attaching the ribbon to the cardfront with a glue dot.

Using the bokeh technique along with the heat embossing added a really nice romantic touch to the card, which is just what I was going for.  Make sure to check out the other cards the design team made using this technique (such a great variety) and then we would love for you to come play along with us and share what you create.

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