Saturday, August 15, 2015

Lorelai Leaf with Bokeh

This card was done with a Watercolor Bokeh technique.

We made these backgrounds in a watercolor class I held recently.

We wet the watercolor paper then dropped re-inker onto the wet paper 
and blended it around until we were happy with it.

When it was dry, we used a die cut template of different size
circles to stencil the white dots.

The leaf is cut from the Lorelai Leaf die from Poppystamps.

I did some texturing on the leaves with a stylus but it doesn't show very well.  
IRL you can see the veins.


I'm thinking cooling off  in the shade beside a spring fed mountain brook. 

The sun makes the water sparkle.

It's a wonderful respite from the hot, August sun.

LOL. That cooled me off.

How about you?

I don't have many Poppystamp dies but I recently won one just by commenting
on Marybeth's blog.

I would have commented anyway because I always love what she does.

But I'm excited about getting the die.

It's the snowflake ribbon and I know I'll have fun with it.

I hope you are staying cool.

Thanks for sitting by the brook with me.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Four You (retired)
Ink:  Island Indigo, Whisper White 
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Watercolor (Arches 140 lb. cold press)
Other:  Lorelai Leaf Die (Poppystamps), Aqua Painter, Re-inkers (Pool Party, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight), Sponge Dauber, Painters tape (?), Template made from scraps of acetate and circle dies. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted 


Barb said...

I really like this card Bonnie. It's very pretty and fresh looking. The leaves work perfectly too. Barbxx

Betty Keefe said...

just lovely, Bonnie - you should enter it in MFT's color temperature challenge from yesterday - it's definitely a "cooling" card!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous! I love the background technique and colours. The die cut leaf branch looks great over top. Cheers, Shirleyxx

Marcia HIll said...

Absolutely gorgeous Bonnie! Love the soft! :0)

pam said...

Gorgeous card Bonnie, love these beautiful colours and my favourite leaf die.
Your weather sounds hot, we have rain and very cool at the moment in the UK.
Thank you for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
Hugs Pam x

Mrs A. said...

A different way of producing he Bokeh effect and very effective it is too. Lovely colours. Hugs Mrs A.

Susanne Vargas said...

Such a beautiful effect! Gorgeous colors!

jimlynn said...

Love those cool looking colors and the technique. I've yet to try it yet and now I think I'll just have to! SO pretty.

Jeanne J said...

Wow this is just stunning! Love your background - it's gorgeous!

MaryH said...

You always have the 'bestest' techniques and this one is just lovely. The background looks so soft & loving this Bokeh look. So much dimension with adding the pretty leaf die...and if it's enlarged, the veins show quite nicely. Yay on winning a new die...can't wait to see it in use. We could use a little mountain stream too, although we did have a bit of morning breeze. Got a little rumble of thunder this evening, with a few raindrops. Doing some visit catchups. Hope ya'll are having a good wkend. Stay cool. TFS &Hugs

Loll said...

So pretty and soft. Love this background. What a great way to create it. I have to give that a try. LOVE IT! xx

Greta said...

Oh wow--this is just stunning, Bonnie! How fun to win a Poppystamps product! I do love Marybeth's style!

donna mikasa said...

Beautiful card--love the "cool" feeling from the blues and bokeh!
FYI your link to Marybeth's blog is broken--it leads to the Blogger dashboard. But I do love her work!

Maxine D said...

Bonnie this is gorgeous - love the soft background and the white over top is perfect. The white die cut is perfect.

Faith A said...

Another corker, I love the effect you have achieved.

Maria A. said...

Again Bonnie, your ability to make Bokeh is amazing, the colors on this card are just lovely, soft and beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Wow, Bonnie
This card is wonderful. I love its delicate colors blend so beautifully! Great card.

Brenda in IN said...

Whew, I needed cooling off and I enjoyed sitting by the brook with you. I love the Bokeh technique and this card is stunning. I've never done it with reinkers, only sponging. Must try it this way. Congratulations on winning the snowflake ribbon die. Marybeth is a sweetie.

Sandy said...

Your background is gorgeous!
Sandy xx

OH Babs said...

Once again thanks for sharing the technique you used Bonnie. I have two reinkers that I bought at a garage sale so I will give it a try. The card is really pretty and I like the island indigo. Hot. It is hot in Southern California and living close to the beach helps only a little. Enjoy the rest of the summer. Barb

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Great card! Love the colors. I had forgotten about the bokeh technique. I'd even pulled out a previously done alcohol ink background to try it out on.... No idea where that is! Love the crisp white of the die with that background. Very nice!

Olga Direktorenko said...

This is such an adorable card! Can't get my eyes off this wonderful summer watercolor background! The leaf looks so romantic too!

Michele Henderson said...

Beautiful card, Bonnie! I'm definitely thinking "cool"! Great twist on the challenge. I just love your pretty watercolor bokeh effect and the beautiful way the colors blend. Thanks for playing along with the Poppystamps The Heat is On Challenge!
Take care!
Michele, Poppystamps DT

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Love the colours on this one Bonnie! The background panel looks amazing, it almost looks like seeing lights through textured glass! Terrific technique my friend! Hazel xx

Mary said...

Thank you for sharing your technique for water coloring the background? Very nice job! Very nice card.

Bobby said...

Love the picture you painted with words and well as the one you did with ink, Bonnie.

Marybeth said...

Awsoom bokeh card! Wow this turned out great! Love the background !

Sue McRae said...

Wonderful mix of colours on your pretty background! Thank you for joining us at Poppystamps this month!

Marybeth said...

Awesome ,haha and forgot to say Thanks for joining us in the Poppystamps Challenge