New at SU!~ Butterfly Bokeh

You know we bring you the latest and greatest from Stampin’ Up! in our monthly “New at SU!” blog hops, but this month is a little different: Our design team decided to showcase some of our favorite RETIRING stamp sets *AND* show you some fabulous stamping techniques in the process.

I chose to use the Butterfly Gala stamp set and the coordinating Butterfly Duet punch to teach you the Bokeh technique. Yes, there are more butterflies coming (I’ve shown you the Butterfly Brilliance bundle available now as an early release) but there are none that coordinate with a punch, so if you don’t have a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (yet) or simply enjoy the convenience of a stamp set with a coordinating punch…NOW is the time to add both to your crafting arsenal.

Bokeh is a “blurry light” look in photography, and the concept converts well to paper crafting. I made two cards to show you how pretty the effect is as well as a few ideas on how to incorporate it into your crafting.

The Blending Brushes work beautifully for Bokeh: Begin by blending your colors onto a white piece of card stock.

Next, use a sponge dauber to add various depths of “blurry light” by sponging white ink through a template using a sponge dauber. I used different sized circle punches or circle layering framelits and a piece of window sheet so I could see where I wanted the circles to be. Did I mention that all our circle punches are also retiring???

After creating your Bokeh background, you can stamp directly on it with black in (as the first card sample shows) OR layer some small focal point on your card, leaving enough space to enjoy the background as well, as the “Hello Beautiful” card displays.

Now it’s on to Diane’s post to learn the Baby Wipe technique~ she is using the Arrange a Wreath stamp set that has been very popular with my customers this year!

Product List
Butterfly Gala Photopolymer Stamp Set
$21.00
Butterfly Duet Punch
$18.00
Layering Circles Dies
$35.00
Window Sheets
$5.00
Blending Brushes
$12.00
Sponge Daubers
$5.00
Coastal Cabana 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$8.75
Basic White 8 1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$9.75
Coastal Cabana Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
So Saffron Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Flirty Flamingo Classic Stampin' Pad
$7.50
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
$6.00
Uninked Stampin’ Craft Pad & Whisper White Refill
$9.50
Artistry Blooms Sequins
$7.00
Whisper White 5/8" (1.6 Cm) Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon
$7.50
Stitched So Sweetly Dies
$32.00
Mini Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine
$60.00
Vellum 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
$10.00
Stampin' Dimensionals
$4.00

April 2021 New at SU! Hop: Stamping Techniques with Retiring Stamps

Scrappy Strip Technique/Dandelion Wishes: Tricia’s Stamping Creations

Clear Block Stamping/Rooted in Nature: Sugar & Scraps

Blends & Alcohol Technique/Sweet Magnolia: Lilypad Stamper

Blistering Ink Background/To A Wild Rose: De Kijkkast

Joseph’s Coat Technique/Gorgeous Posies: Stampin’ Scrapper

Mirror Stamping/Beauty Abounds: Carterie Plus

Faux Metal Embossing/Loyal Leaves: Playing with Papercrafting

Bay Window Card/Comfort & Hope: Gifted Hands Ink

Reverse Masking/So Much Love: Stamping Flair

Bokeh Technique/Butterfly Gala: Creative Juice with Loni YOU ARE HERE

Baby Wipe Technique/Arrange a Wreath: 24/7 Inkspiration

Kissing/To A Wild Rose: Scraphexe

This Little Piggy Found Zen

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This little piggy is happy it’s Friday!

Today’s card was inspired by #tgifc113 and the fact that the “This Little Piggy” stamp set was sitting on my desk, begging to be used today.
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So if you’ve never tried the Bokeh technique, I’ll show you how I did this one (there are a few different techniques, but this one is the easiest for me). I started with a piece of Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo in circular motions on the top. It won’t look pretty at this point. Never fear~ It gets better!

Next I took a Window Sheet and punched different sizes of circles in it. You could also use the circle framelit dies and your big shot. Lay this over the top of your dried, sponged card and apply plenty of Whisper White Ink with a sponge dauber. Remember to make some of the circles go off the edge of your paper!

 

I like to find a circle stamp (or two) in some of my other stamp sets to add a few stamped circles after the sponging too. This little circle was pulled from the “Sweet Home” set, but any will work. IMG_4593 Next I stamped the happy pig on top using Night of Navy ink and also stamped it on Powder Pink card stock to cut out. I don’t mind a little fussy cutting to make this cute guy really pop off the card. FullSizeRender 7

The flower was stamped/cut out from Daffodil Delight and as I wanted to keep it clean and simple today, I simply added a few of the new Glitter Enamel Dots in keeping with the Bokeh theme:

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Ready to try your hand at the Bokeh technique? Thanks for shopping for the supplies in my Stampin’ Store!  Remember to use my host code (posted in the right column) if you are ordering less than $150 as I draw a name for a free gift each month from friends who use the code. If you order over $150, you get to choose Stampin’ Rewards with your order!

Arabian (or Moroccan) Nights: Lantern Card

We received the Moroccan Nights stamp set at OnStage in April and at first I was like, “ehhhh…” but then I decided that I was going to USE it and LOVE it!! I’ve been making myself experiment with it and WOW it’s pretty versatile! I’ll share a few of my creations AND a tutorial for my favorite so far 🙂

I stamped the large medallion as a background on this Flirty Flamingo card and then embossed the “Oh happy day” from the new Scenic Sayings set (that I won during Prize Patrol at OnStage!) in white embossing powder. The beautiful ruched ribbon (available in the 2016-2018 In-Colors) really steps up this simple card, don’t you think?

Then I wanted to try a see-through card so I stamped on a window sheet with a black StazOn pad and added pieces of the fabulously exotic Moroccan Designer Series Paper to the front and inside. The Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim just happens to be a perfect blend between Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim, which are the In-Colors used on the DSP and on this card.

And this one is my favorite! I splattered water over the ombre-sponged background to create the Bokeh look and it turned out pretty awesome. You can download a .pdf tutorial HERE.

Ready for some eastern culture in your own crafting? Click below to shop the Moroccan Suite!

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