Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cajun-Blues and White Bokeh Flora and Fauna Birthday Card

This card contains a new technique (to me)--the Bokeh effect, one that was core to a challenge held at House of Cards.  The technique seemed a little daunting; but once I watched a few YouTube tutorials by other card makers, this project held quite a bit of fun and more self discovery. 

I may actually try to apply the technique to other cards...especially Shabby Chic ones; but I must first consider how the colors can yield new ones...and hopefully not ugly combinations.  There is plenty of warning against such a thing, all over YouTube and craft blogs.  The colors I utilized were based upon a challenge over at "Inspired by Stamping."  Well, now that the card is completed, I can share (and may see) that burnt orange, rust, navy blue and medium-light blue played together nicely.  They provided the gift of a secondary color palette:  one containing hues of salmon and rose.  What a delightful discovery!  Below, please find a complete list of challenges into which I have entered this card, followed by its ingredients and construction process.

Mojo Monday Card Sketch Challenge #398
House of Cards May Challenge Bokeh Effect
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes, Stencil It
Inspired by Stamping Monthly Challenge #94 Stripes and Color Scheme
Seize the Birthday Anything Goes Birthday
On a Stampage Mynette Kitchen's Birthday Bash Givaway:  BLOG CANDY!!!
Penny Black and More Dies and Punches w/Hand Stamping Focus
Fantasy Stampers Challenge #37 Wings and Things
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes
Fab and Funky Challenges #260 Flora and Fauna
The Shabby Tea Room #252 Fun Blooms
Cuttlebug Mania Ribbon
Creatalicious Challenge #75 Butterflies and DT Call
City Crafter Challenge #262, One or More:  Smooching, Stencilling, Splattering, Sponging
Just Us Girls Challenge Week #294 (Colors Scheme)

Card Ingredients
Papers:  Cajun Craze Striped DSP(Stampin' Up! Rich Regals Patterns Pack), Whisper White (Stampin' Up!), Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), Really Rust CS (Stampin' Up!), Night of Navy Polka Dot DSP (Stampin' Up! Regals Patterns Pack).

Inks:  Bliss Blue (Stampin' Up!), Night of Navy (Stampin' Up!), Frost White Pigment (ColorBox), Brocade Blue (Stampin' Up!), White Opaque Embossing Powder (Stamp-N Stuff), Cajun Craze (Stampin' Up!), Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up!), Really Rust (Stampin' Up!).

Stamp(s):  Daisy Field Stampin' Around (Stampin' Up!), Elementary Elegance (Stampin' Up!), Carte Postale (Stampin’ Up!), Punch Potpurri (Stampin’ Up!), Tiny Tags (Stampin’ Up!).

Punches:  1/4" Circle (Stampin' Up!), 1/2" Circle (Stampin' Up!), 1" Circle (MarvyUchida), 3 Flowers Punch (Stampin’ Up!), Boho Blossoms (Stampin’ Up!), 2-Step Owl (for circles; Stampin' Up!).

Cuttlebug/Big Shot:  Circles #2 Die (Sizzix), Square Lattice Emboss Folder (Sizzix for Stampin' Up!), Make-a-Bow Die (used for circles; Sizzix).

Stencil:  Homemade (using punched cardstock), containing a variety of circle sizes from dies and punches. 

Embellishments:  3/16” Orange Satin Ribbon (Offray), 3/16” White Satin Ribbon (Offray).

Layout:  Mojo Monday #398.

Base:  Navy blue CS cut and folded to 5-1/2" x 4-1/4".

Layer 1:  5-1/4" x 4" white CS.  Bokeh effect created for challenge by using sponging techniques, using blues and oranges to satisfy color challenge requirement.  Laid homemade circles stencil on sponged CS and re-sponged inside circles using white pigment ink.  Allowed to dry; sponged edges.  Randomly stamped birds, butterflies and floral sprays.

Layer 2:  5-1/4" x 1" Cajun Craze striped DSP to satisfy "stripes" challenge.  Used spritzer with dark blue and burnt orange markers to create splatter effect.  Used same inks and their hues to randomly stamp small butterflies and miniature birds; lightly sponged edges.  Adhered along upper edge of Layer 1.

Layer 3:  Cut three strips of ribbon in two colors that were part of the aforementioned color challenge.  Adhered them in alternating patter to Layer 1, slightly overlapping Layer 2, and folder over the back. 

Layer 4:  Punched flower components and manual embossed using square lattice emboss folder.  Used pop-up dots to adhere one flower to the end of each piece of ribbon.

Layer 5:  4" x 1" Really Rust CS stamped with rolling stamp of daisies in navy ink.  Used a rust colored marker to color the center of each flower.  Manually embossed using square lattice emboss folder.  Sponged borders in burnt orange-hued ink.  Adhered to card.

Layer 6:  4-1/2" x 3/8" (approximate) Night of Navy polka dot paper; cut ends to create flag/banner look and glued it to Layer 5.

Layer 7:  Used Circles #2 die and navy CS to create outer circle; sponged rim with matching ink.

Layer 8:  Punched circle of white CS.  Re-created Bokeh Effect as in Layer 1.  Stamped small hollow circles in medium-light blue ink.  Enamel embossed sentiment.  Sponged rim and glued to Layer 7.  Used adhesive 3-dimensionals to adhere to Layers 5 and 6.


brenda said...

A super colour palette Christine, really striking.

Many thanks for joining in at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Di said...

Wow! Just beautiful and a lot of work went into making this so special too!


Di xx

Cuttlebug Mania DT

Ros Crawford said...

This is so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along at CCCB!!

linda said...

i love the blue/orange colour combo on this very pretty card libby! great job on the bokeh technique and i love the layout too! thank you so much for playing along with us at house of cards.

Kathy said...

I love the colors that you used on your card. Love that Bokeh Technique. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I'm now your newest follower. Ta Ta For Now, Kathy

coldwaters2 said...

Absolutely gorgeous card what wonderful papers and design, thank you for joining our challenge this week at FAB 'N' FUNKY
lorraine x

Hannelie said...

Beautiful colors and a great design!
Thanks so much for playing with us at Seize the Birthday!

Lin said...

So many fun details! I love all the birds, and your mix of colors! Thanks for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

Asmah Zainal Abidin said...

Libby, that's a great bokeh. Beautiful card, love it! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this fortnight. Looking forward to see you again next challenge. Have a nice day!

Qinaahana Arts and Crafts {My Blog}

Lisbeth van den heuvel said...

This is so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along atcutlle bug mania
Lisbeth DT-cuttle bug mania

Tammy said...

This is gorgeous Libby! I love the rich colors and your fabulous design! Thank you for joining HOC this month and thanks for stopping by my blog!
Hugs, Tammy

Stella said...

Such a lovely card. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB this week!

Kimbo said...

Love the colours of this, just perfect

Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

Wendy said...

Beautiful card.....Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week.
Thanks also for stopping by my blog and leaving me a lovely comment.
Wendy xx

Ina said...

WOW what a fabulous effect you got with your bokeh technique. I love this and have done it a few times and always different each time. So many other elements you added to this delightful card. Great take on our challenge this week at Just Us Girls. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and hope to see you again. Also thank you for the lovely comment on my blog.

Mynn Kitchen said...

Absolutely beautiful! I adore the fun images you used, and your beautiful color combo, too! Thank you for linking up with my Birthday Giveaway at On A Stampage! HUGS! :) Mynnxx

Mynn Kitchen said...

PS: Thank you for joining us at House of Cards, too! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Mynn Kitchen said...

PPS: Thank you for joining us at Inspired By Stamping, as well! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Nancy said...

Suer creative card! Super job with our Inspiration Photo at JUGS! Thanks for playing along!

Lisa Kind said...

You did a great job with the bokeh effect! Very pretty card! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

shirley-bee said...

Love the soft bokeh effect! Thanks for playing at Seize The Birthday :)

cotnob said...

This is a beautiful card Libby, such pretty colours and fabulous technique.
Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog.

Melanie said...

A lovely card!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Butterfly” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

(DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Come and Get It)

Ruza Rebel said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining our Challenge at the House of Cards.
Ruza ~ HOC-Designer
Ruza's Craft Corner

Barbara Rankin said...

Libby, your card is simply gorgeous! I love your take on the bokeh effect. So glad you joined us at House of Cards. Hugs, Barbara

Cazro said...

An amazing colour combo, beautiful. So pleased you shared at Fantasy Stampers. Caz

Steffi Kellner said...

WOW! Nice card!

Thanks for joining us at Creatalicious challenge!

Hugs Steffi