I was asked by a friend to make a special birthday card for her 1 year old grandson. The birthday theme was Red, White, and Blue and bubbles and balloons and if I could incorporate those. Or at least either the balloons or the bubbles with the colours. My mind started ticking over. What to do???
So here is the card that I made.
What do you think??
The colours were Real Red, Pacific Point and Whisper White.
The Balloons were stamped with the Balloon Celebration set and punched with the co-ordinating Balloon Punch. The number 1 is cut with the small letters alphabet dies which is now retired but they are a useful size when you need small numbers. I added some Snail Adhesive behind the balloons, then added a length of White Baker’s Twine. The three strands were then adhered down near the bottom of the card and then the sentiment was added over it.
The sentiment was from the Lift Me Up set. I went over the “Happy Birthday” with the black marker and then stamped it on to white card. It was then cut with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.
For the bubbles effect I used the Bokeh Technique. Have you tried that technique before? It has been a while since I have done it. You can find other samples HERE. with this technique. I thought I added a tutorial back then but hadn’t. So I will add a quick one below. There are a number of different tutorials on the internet but to be honest I find them messy. I am so not a messy stamper. Maybe occasionally a little inky techniques but usually I need quick and clean – and done!!
So here is a non-messy Bokeh Technique Tutorial for you. Hopefully soon I will create a video to share with you.
Firstly, You need a piece of acetate the size of your card front and cut 3 circles of different sizes over the card. This creates a mask for the sponging.
On a piece of Whisper White card the size of your card mat, (This piece was 10.1 cm x 14.4 cm) sponge your chosen ink colours randomly over the card. For this I used Real Red and Pacific Point. Sometimes it can look pretty ordinary at this point but persevere.
Once your card is covered with ink then place your acetate template over the card. Sponge Whisper White craft ink over the circles. You will want to dab or pounce the white ink on DO NOT RUB THE INK. Move your acetate template, if you are using a smaller piece over the card to different places to sponge more circles on. If you like, overlap some circles and have some going off the edge of the card for a good effect. Let the card dry before you finish off the card.
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