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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Heart of Christmas - Week 7

Hello and welcome to another beautiful day.

In this week’s Heart of Christmas get together I have used the Bokeh technique for the background and the Merry Mistletoe stamp sets. (p113 annual catalogue)

So let the countdown continue …..there are only 21 Wednesdays including today until the last week of November.  

This week I thought I would use the Bokeh technique for the background to my card as it is the technique that we are using for our ATC (Artist Trading Card) swap over at Art With Heart this month. I have never done this technique so I thought why not give it a go for my Christmas card this week as well.

What do you think? Quite a pretty background!

I have photographed  the steps as I made the card so you can see how I made the Bokeh background.
  1.         Tape down a piece of water colour paper with washi tape
  2.          Wet thoroughly with your aqua painter the paper so that the ink can run
  3.  Choose your colours. You can use re-inkers but as I didn’t have them in the colours I wanted to use  that is ok you can use your ink pads.
  4.   Squeeze the lid of your ink pads onto the pad so that some ink is left on the lid, use your aqua painter to lift up the ink with lots of water and drop onto the paper. Make sure if you want to use more ink and when you have finished to dry up any water residue with kitchen paper towel so that you don’t get water on your ink pad.
  5.    This is after Daffodil delight. You just drop little bits of ink in different places over your paper. The next colour will bleed right into the next colour.
  6.  Garden green
  7. Real red now making sure you now cover any white patched left.
  8. Now leave to completely dry or use your heat tool to speed up the process.
  9. Once completely dry comes the Bokeh effect. So you could see what I am going to do next. I have cut some circles in an off cut of vellum but you can do it in acetate. I used the 4 smallest layering circle framelits.

10.Randomly place the circles over your dry paper and using your white craft pigment ink with a sponge dauber create over lapping circles.

11. To finish the card I have stamped the greeting from Merry Mistletoe Stamp set in on Whisper white card and cut it out with an oval stitched shaped framelit, cut out a real red scalloped oval to layer your greeting.
12. Cut an A4 piece of real read card stock in half the fold in half for your card base. 13. Cut a mat of Whisper white cardstock of 14.5 cm x 10 cm and adhere to the card base.
14.  Cut your Bokeh background to 9.5cm x 14 cm and adhere to your card base. 
15.  Pop your greeting up on dimensionals and center on your card . 
16. Lastly  add some bling with random rhinestones.

For more product information check out the list below.
Merry Mistletoe
Card Stock and Papers
Whisper White, Real Red, Water colour Paper
Memento, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Real Red, Craft Whisper White pigment ink.
Acecessories / Embellishments
Rhinestones basic jewels
Big Shot,  Stitched shaped framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Trimmer, Snail, bone folder

Make sure you pop over to the lovely Judy May's blog this week for some more Christmas inspiration and a list of other lovely team members who played along this week

Don’t forget to contact me for any more information on how to make this card, on how to get your hands on the Annual Catalogue and any of your Stampin’ Up goodies.

Hope you have a lovely day. Thank you for spending some time with me.

Take Care


  1. Great tutorial on Bokeh, Sharon. Makes a great background with the bold greeting and bling.

  2. Super pretty Sharon, I must try that technique using water colouring one day!

    1. Thank you Kate, yes I thought I would give it a go, I really like how it turned out!

  3. This makes a beautiful background, just like Christmas lights!

    1. Thanks Andrea, you're right it does! :)

  4. So pretty Sharon. This is another technique I must try some time. I agree with Andrea, the background is like Christmas lights! :)

    1. Thanks Caroline, I thought I would give it a go and see how it came out and I quite like it for this card and not hard to do at all. I like the Christmas lights idea!

  5. Love your card Sharon!! I have never tried this technique either, the colours are so pretty together and very festive :)

    1. Thanks Mon, I thought well, why not give it a go with some Christmas colours and see how it turned out. I quite like how it turned out! :)

  6. What a funky Christmas card Sharon, love this technique too, beautiful. Great tutorial too. Xx

    1. Thank you so much Rachel, I appreciate that xx

  7. Sharon this is such a lovely vibrant card!


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