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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Maria Uses a Stencil to Create a Bokeh Effect

Welcome to my last spotlight project for 2015. Hope you are ready for the holidays and may have a little time for playing in your craft room soon! Today I will show you how I achieved a bokeh effect using a stencil. I actually created a rabble of butterflies with the bokeh technique.

I got out Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Abandoned Coral and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Inks and put down my Flutterby stencil to see where I wanted the embossing paste butterfly to be on the final project (left third).

Cut and inked up a piece of Neenah white CS really well. Then I splattered some water onto it and let it react.

Then it was time to create the bokeh effect. I sponged white pigment ink through various butterflies all over the panel, some heavily, some lightly inked. TIP: Flip the stencil over for, in this case, five additional butterfly images to choose from.

Positioned the stencil to get the large butterfly where I wanted it on my panel and used painter's tape to cover the surrounding butterflies. This way I wouldn't get embossing paste where I didn't want it!

The last step was to add a sentiment from Bold Sentiments: Discover. I white heat embossed one part and stamped the secondary sentiment with gray Versafine ink. Adhered the panel to a blue cardbase and called it quits.

Easy peasy! Happy holidays and happy crafting!


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  1. WOW, love the embossed butterfly on top of the inked one. Just gorgeous!

  2. Your card is so colorful and fun! I love the butterfly, it relly stands out against the background~

  3. Love this Maria, it looks so dimensional. Carol x

  4. Beautiful, love the vibrant colours with the white butterflies.

  5. This is so flippin COOL!!!! I've got to try it, thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Wonderful card! Love the vibrant background with the cool bokeh butterflies. The beautiful embossing paste butterfly looks fabulous! xxx

  7. Maria this is awesome, one I am going to CASE..xxx

  8. Gorgeous - I will try this - I love my butterfly stencil!

  9. LOVEEE it!! The Butterfly Bokeh looks stunning! Merry Christmas to you all! <3
    Suchi xx

  10. Oh my goodness this is amazing - love the vibrancy and the movement in this Maria.

  11. This is so effective - I am going to have to try this!

  12. Gorgeous card! Love the happy colors and the gold butterfly is special.

  13. Stunning, especially that gold bold butterfly.

  14. Wow, the effect of the inking and the stenciling is incredible. LOVE the final results:)

  15. This is STUNNING!!!!! Love love how you overlaying those butterflies and final touching it with the gold butterfly. THANK YOU so much for the inspiration and tutorial :)

  16. Oh my goodness! An absolutely drop dead gorgeous project! I thought I had enough butterfly stamps and stencils until I saw this and along with wanting to CASE your project you have reminded me of a technique I haven't done recently which would be a great project to twist after completing the first! I have to get that butterfly stencil soon, thank you for sharing your art and how you created it too Karen x

  17. Gorgeous background to show off that beautiful butterfly stencil!


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