I’m sharing a tutorial with you that I’ve made using Rubber Dance stamps.
It uses the Bokeh effect to create a simple and pretty card.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and decide to give it a go.

 

Step 1:

Stamp out one of the flowers from the Antique Botanicals set to use as a mask. It works better (the image meets up with the next lot of stamping) if you cut about  2mm in from the outside of the image.

Step 2:
Using the mask that you have cut out, stamp the image, place the mask on it, stamp the flower again to each side of it. When you remove the mask it will look like the flowers are over-lapping.

Step 3:
Place your masks over the flowers. Then add a die-cut circle, which also acts like a mask, into the center of the card.
I’ve used Shaded Lilac in the Distress Oxides to colour up the card with a sponge. You don’t need to worry about being too careful because you will be hiding any flaws with the next step 😉

Step 4:

I’ve put some white acrylic paint onto the craft sheet and dabbed some paint through a circle stencil in random places in the inked area. The trick here is not to be too heavy with the paint.

It looks really good when you have some circles going off the edge too.

Step 5:

Keep building up the circles until you are happy with the effect. You can use as few or as many circles as you like. It is completely up to you.

 

The final step was to add the hearts and words from the ‘Just A Note’ set of stamps.

I wanted something simple, but there are heaps of useful words in this set that would’ve worked just as well. Oh, and to mat it up anyway that you like so that it is ready to pass onto someone.

 

Variations:

  • Try using different colours.
  • Use different flowers or change the theme if you like. Animals would work well.
  • You could add the bokeh effect using different colours, I’ve used white for a pretty and feminine look. Bright colours, with animals, would be great for a child.
  • Use shapes other than circles!
  • Any medium, other than oxides would work. If you are into mixed media you could go for a more painty look.