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Happy Thursday

Thanks for joining me for my first Trending Thursday. Every week, I’ll be stepping you through a currently trending technique, product, or style! While sharing these I will also be using Honey Bee Stamps so you can see how many different looks and options you can get with these fabulously flexible stamp sets!

Today I am going to walk you through our very first Trending Style: Bokeh. For this project I will be using  the Oh, Snap!” stamp set.

Let’s begin with a supply list:

  • Watercolor Paper – I enjoy a large sheet when I am doing Bokeh because I will cut it down and use it for several cards. You also need to choose between hot press and cold press paper. Hot press is smooth and cold press has more texture to it. Also cold press paper is more absorbent so you will have to use more water to get the colors to flow around. I am using cold press today for the texture.
  • Watercolors – This will work with watercolors, water diluted reinker,  gelatos, etc. For this project I am using a Kuretake Gansai set of solid watercolors.
  • White Ink Refill or Ink Pad – Some people use a white inkpad for this, I don’t care for that method because I am an ink pad purest and I do get some color transfer from the watercolored paper back to the ink pad. Therefore the easiest method to insure that doesn’t happen is to use a reinker
  • Tape – Washi or masking tape (something you don’t love). Wide Flat Paint Brush
  • Two Cups of Water – One to be kept clean for wetting the project throughout and one for cleaning the brush.
  • Ink Blotter – I use a Tim Holtz round blending tool but you could use the round, rectangle or any type of sponge to dab on the ink.
  • Heat Gun (optional)
  • Paper Cutter (Optional)
  • Electronic Cutting Machine, Round Punches or Stencil with Circles

Picture 1. Gather – Supplies

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Picture 2. Secure your paper to your work surface, whether it be a cut mat, piece of card board, or another sturdy surface. Use a repositionable tape as recommended above. I suggest masking tape or a washi you don’t cherish. This will keep the paper from moving and curling up.

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Picture 3. Close up of taped down paper.

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Picture 4. Begin painting water all over your paper.

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Picture 5. Don’t be shy, you want your water to pond so that the paint will spread.

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Picture 6. Pick two colors and begin painting with your primary color. A color split of 70/30 or 60/40 works well for this project.

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Picture 7. After you spread around your main color, introduce your secondary color.

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Picture 8. If your paint isn’t spreading you can add more water at anytime. At this point you can add more of either color to fill in any voids.

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Picture 9. Wick up any excess water when you are finished. Just let the tip of the paper towel to the paper don’t touch down it could cause more color to come up with the water.

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Picture 10. Drying. You can choose to leave the paper taped down and let it dry slowly or use a heat gun to speed up the process. Be careful not to hold the gun in one place to long or it will overheat and discolor the paper. This will also help straighten the paper back out.

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Picture 11. Dried!

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Picture 12. I used Cricut Explore to design a template, you can do that or use another cutting system. If those aren’t available you can use round punches in varied sizes to get the same affect.

Bokeh Tutorial

Picture 13. Tape your paper back down, this time just the edges enough so that the paper doesn’t shift around when you are applying the white ink.

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Picture 14. Position your template over your watercolor paper. Tape this down also.

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Picture 15. Prep your white ink and apply it to your dauber, you can also use a white ink pad. Begin dabbing.

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Picture 16. When this is complete pull up the stencil and place it on the watercolor paper in a different position.

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Picture 17. Do this over and over until you page is filled with varying white circles.

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Picture 18. Once you are finished with this peel up your sheets again and cut the remaining white space that was under your tape. Then trim your sheet down to fit your project size. From one sheet I get 4-8 pieces.

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Picture 19. Mount your trimmed piece to your card base, with your adhesive of choice.

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Picture 20. Stamp your project. I love to use Honey Bee Stamps for my project life and greeting cards because of their variety of images and beautifully designed words.

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Picture 21. Using the rule of odds add 3 – 5 sequins or enamel dots,  for a smaller project as pictured below.

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Keep on crafting!
Until next week,

– Tara


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0 responses to “Trending Thursday with Tara”

  1. carriebryant says:

    Beautiful card Tara. Love your technique… wish I would have used the white reinker as you did, sadly I had to buy a new white ink pad as now mine is slightly coral… lol. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Laura says:

    love it!! have to try this technique soon 😉

  3. Ana Adams says:

    Excellent tutorial. Vibrant photos with easy to follow instructions by an experienced crafter.