Before I get to my latest card for the CASEing Christmas class over at StampNation, I just had to share some good news. My recent Give Thanks card was selected as a winner this week over at the Can You Case It challenge blog. Thanks for the honor, CYCI!!!
Now, on to my latest card. The lesson for day six of the CASEing Christmas class was presented by Maureen. She actually created two different cards with bokeh effects, but the one I found myself most drawn to was her gorgeous watercolor card. Here’s a little snippet:
I don’t have any graduating size circle stamps that I could use to create a bokeh effect, so I decided to focus on other elements from her card to create my CASE. Here are the elements I chose:
- Watercolor background created with Distress Markers – She used shades of blue, but I opted for teals and used Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio.
- Border detail – She used a side stitched die from Lil’ Inker Designs, but I opted to use the Frames die set from Simon Says Stamp.
- Sentiment – She used a beautiful Season’s Greetings die cut from Simon Says Stamp for her sentiment. I also used a Seasons’s Greetings sentiment by Simon Says Stamp, but opted for a heat embossed stamped version instead of a die cut.
- Silver – I loved the bits of silver she incorporated into her design. It looked so pretty against the blues she used. I used it for my border element and my sentiment.
- Sequins – Ok, so this one is kind of a “gimme” since I often use sequins anyway, but I loved the placement she used for her sequins and was definitely inspired by it.
Here’s my finished card:
After creating the basic watercolor panel, I added drops of water all over the piece to life some of the color in spots to create some added texture. I then stamped my sentiment using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it using some silver embossing powder. I also stamped a couple of different sizes of snowflakes around the card using VersaMark and then heat embossed them using some clear sparkling glitter embossing powder. They’re very subtle on the card, but I really love the look they give when they catch the light.
For a little more sparkle, I watered down some White Frost All-Purpose Ink and splattered it over the watercolor panel. To complete the watercolor piece, I spritzed it with some Perfect Pearls Mist.
When I was adhering everything to my card base, I decided to rotate the outer piece of the watercolor panel by 180 degrees. I just felt rotating that piece gave a bit more visual interest than leaving both pieces in the original orientation. I think it really helps that ombre effect on the watercolor “pop” a bit more. To finish things off, I added some 6mm sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Christmas Card Challenge – the current theme is Anything Goes.
- Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge – the current theme is Anything Goes.
Until next time …