Sunday, May 24, 2015

Bokeh Tutorial - Using Blossom

I want to share with you my version of the Bokeh Technique. You'll find lots of examples on You Tube but most of them focus on cards. Since this is a play on backgrounds, I though using this technique for base pages would be interesting.

You can use the water base method or in this case I used CTMH pigment inks.  Pigment inks are a great medium to use.  The ink dries slower then dye-based ink therefore it blends well.  Since you don't need water, your cardstock will remain nice and flat.

Bokeh Technique-Blossom-CTMH

Here are the supplies you’ll need to create this look
  • an all-purpose mat; this technique can get a little messy
  • create a stencil using a Cricut machine or circle punches, by using acetate, you can re-use it multiple times
  • coordinate your ink colours with your pattern paper, here I used Lagoon and Sunset pigment ink
  • use a round sponge, to apply the colour. 
  • fill in the circles using White Daisy pigment ink
  • finish off this technique with a sponge dauber

Here are a few other layouts made using the Blossom paper.

This layout was inspired by the "Make it from your Heart" level 2 artwork, the featured technique is the faux stitching technique.  If you'd like additional details on this technique just go to this link.  

I love the simplicity of this third layout.  I created the sequin circle using a circle template.  The circle used was 8 1/2".  Position the circle on the page and add the sequins.  

The cutting guide for this workshop is available for FREE with a $25 dollars order from my CTMH website.  If you'd like to simply buy the instructions guide, it is available for only $5.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

•MAKE•IT•Crafty•Hop Blog - Travel, Cottage & Summer Creations

Welcome back to another •MAKE•IT•Crafty• Seasonal Blog Hop! This month we are sharing Travel, Cottage & Summer projects.  We'll be taking a short summer break but we won't be gone for too long.  You can come back to visit us in September where we'll WOW you with all of new CTMH products. 

If you arrived from Diana's blog, you are on the right path. The blog hop is a big circle, you can start here and work your way around. If you get lost, you can find the full list of participants HERE.

My artwork consist of three super easy cards, which have all been themed accordingly.  You will see a little Travel, Cottage and Summer Flair used here.

CTMH cards_Seaside_Wanderful_Jackson

For this first card, I used Wanderful paper and the Wanderful WOTG stamp set, mixed in a PML card from Seaside.

CTMH Seaside PML
The second card, I used Jackson paper and Complements.

CTMH Jackson card

And for my last card, I used Seaside paper and PML card. 

CTMH Seaside PML
Oddly enough these cards create a nice set, even if I used three different paper packs.
Thanks for stopping by! Now its time for you to hop on over to Pam's blog and see her beautiful creation. We'll be back this Fall with tons of inspiring artwork, til then stay safe and do something creative!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Clean & Simple Cards using Brushstrokes & You Mean the World to Me stamp sets

I've been on a clean & simple white card kick lately, here are a few more cards using White Cardstock, a few embossing folders, Washi tape and coordinating cardstock and inks.

For this first card, I used the Damask embossing folder, lagoon hearts washi tape, white shimmer trim and the mini stapler. The featured technique was second generation stamping using the Brushstroke stamp set and finishing off with the turquoise twin touch marker. Don't forget a touch of bling using a silver sequin.

This second card, I used the Diamond embossing folder, sunset chevron washi tape and the mini stapler. The feature technique was stamping the Brushstrokes image in first, second and third generator to create the ombre look. Finishing off once again with the marigold twin touch marker and a touch of bling using silver sequins.


This third card, I used the Dots embossing folder, smoothie striped washi tape and the mini stapler.  The feature techinque was stamping the Brushstroke image in second generation then Rock and Roll the edge of the image with the same color.  Finishing off with bling of course and there you have it. 

There you have it cute and simple cards.