Tuesday, September 1, 2015

2 Crafty Girls Challenge

Hello Everyone and Happy September!

WHAT?  September already!!

Today I have a card to share that was created for the new, 'revamped' challenge blog called 2 Crafty Girls .  We kind of got off to a s-l-o-w start last month and would reallyappreciate your help in spreading the word and PLEASE ... come join in the fun!

Today our fabulous sponsor is:

And here's our September Mood Board ...

You can choose 1, 2 or all three as your inspiration!
The fun photo ... the technique ... and/or the sketch!

I loved the photo inspiration AND was quite intrigued by the BOKEH EFFECT technique.  
So, I went 'in search of' instructions and actually found two different versions.
WHAT does a crafter do in that situation?
WHY OF COURSE ... create a card using each of the technique versions!

This first version is my favorite and probably closest to the true technique form.
I have used reinkers, watercolor paper, and a waterbrush to create the background. THEN created my own stencil of circles by repurposing the packaging from a recent die purchase and sponging white craft ink over the background once it was dry. It's actually a bit difficult to see in my photos but the card IRL is BEAUTIFUL!

The image I chose is a VERY OLD Stampin' Up set called 'Summer By The Sea' (circa 204) and the sentiment I chose is from Impression Obsession.
I stamped the image once onto my bokeh background panel ... then again onto a piece of what card stock.  After coloring my image using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I did a bit of fussy cutting and paper pieced the main image onto the stamped image on the bokeh panel.

I had a scrap of my bokeh paper left so decided to make a matching tag ... 'waste not want not' they say!  LOL


 The second set of instructions had me using watercolor paper, Gelatos, water-based ink and a rubber stamp.  After outlining my stamp with a blue Gelato, I wet it with my water brush and stamped an image onto the watercolor paper (under the foreground butterfly).  Then using the water brush 'colored' in the edges of the stamped image ... going a bit outside the lines ... since it would be used as the 'shadow effect' of the main butterfly once completed.

The second butterfly was stamped in black then colored in with markers and gelatos. Fussy cut, curled the wings then added over top the first butterfly. The eraser of a pencil was used to create the bokeh dots but first stamping in ink ... then gelatos .. making sure to keep the first 'stamp' closest to my image and fade out to the sides.

I actually found this version over on Splitcoast Stampers ... if you're a member, just go to the Tutorials ... then techniques and look for bokeh.

Our challenge runs through SEPTEMBER 30th ... 8 PM EST.
Part of the team is sharing inspiration today and the other half of the team, as well as our Guest Designer, will share inspiration mid-way through our monthly challenge!  Please pop over HERE and check it out!

Challenges to share in:
Color My World Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Create Challenge - Anything Goes/Mixed Media
Alphabet Challenge - N for NO designer paper

I can't wait to see what you create!
Thanks for stopping by today and have a FABULOUS day!
As always . . .


glendabrooks.blogspot.com said...

I really love the first card! Simply beautiful!

Sandi said...

Absolutely jaw dropping beautiful!!!

Barbara said...

Fantastic card, Darlene! I love the shiny blue and the design, great job! :)

Denise Pustelniak said...

Wow! Gotta try this technique, you made it look so awesome!
Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Oh, Dar. These cards are gorgeous. I love all the beautiful bright colors in the background of the top card. The image and sentiment are perfect together. Great job, my friend.

Tammy said...

Gorgeous creations Darlene! I love the bright colors on the first card and that beautiful image, stunning butterfly on your second card! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
Hugs, Tammy

Diane said...

Beautiful cards, not sure which one I like best...both are gorgeous!!!Looks like a fun technique...when you come you can teach me...between this and the Color Bursts we are going to get real inky!!!

Denise Pustelniak said...

This is so beautiful and unique!
Thank-you for joining us at Color Your World!

aussie aNNie said...

Way too cute, loving this gorgeous card....thanks sharing and hope to see you next challenge...♥
 {aNNie Lacy Sunshine DT member}