Thank you for taking time to visit, and I hope I am even a tiny bit helpful as I have been helped and blessed by so many others. I have been doing Calligraphy since teens, and card making for many years as well. In 1990 I delighted in the joys of stamping with ink and embossing after a trip to Cairns, Qld. In 2009 I discovered the brayer, 2010 the Cuttlebug, also have now taking to reading up on crafting blogs and lo! Here I am, on one of my own.

I live on the coast of eastern Australia. I am a Christian. I trusted in the LORD down here at the beach, amazingly it is not far from where I now live. It was over 50 years ago, after a Beach Mission Service at the age of 12 years

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Bokeh Technique + Die cutting - Bizzy Becs DT

Hi everyone, 
Just popping in to share a card for a very important young lady ( doesn't look at blogs so it's ok)
 This is also my mid month DT post for Bizzy Bec's.
Okay here is a sneak peek of my card... as you can see it is inky, using the bokeh method, plus loads of die cutting.
So here I am getting inky .. used some Distress inks (Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles and Peeled Paint), with some memento inks - Bamboo shoots and Pear tart. One inked "ombre" with Ink dusters. Other, rejected for the moment, was smooshed.
Die cutting the bottom of the sheet with ink ombre piece.
TIP: heard on one of many videos (Lost in Paper?) recently was that if: 

1.keep die cut a base in fun foam piece.
2. squeeze
Tombow glue over fun foam die cut (whilst still in foam base).
3. Let it dry to get tacky, then you have time to position the top die cut well before adhering. Tombow becomes re-positionable after drying some, I guess this may apply to all tacky glues.
The Bokeh part: 1.cut different sized circle dies for a template to ink around.
2. Use sponge applicator and chalk ink and various layers of circles assorted sizes.
3.You need base ink utterly dry avoiding not have greenish circles, ie no ink transfer.
4. It's better to dry chalk ink off as you go, so circles keep more distinctive.

This piece is the smooshed ink sheet with circles on it, will be used later. 
(See also my board BOKEH on pinterest for how to)
Completed card. This is a partial CASE of this card on Pinterest - from Splitcoast Stampers, but couldn't find person's name.
Products used:
Taken while sitting under the brolly (beach umbrella) - the view of Downunder's summer, to brighten your day!

If you have time, I'd really appreciate a comment on my DT post here - thank YOU!
Well, that's it for today... dont forget to pop over and join in Bec's Anything Goes February challenge .. you might win the prize :D

May the LORD bless you and those you love, wherever you might be.
Thanks so much for popping over for a peek and a chat. 

Shaz in Oz.x

"But I will sing of Thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning: 
for Thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble". Psalm 59:16 
Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes
4 Use your favourite tool over at Simon Says Monday  challenge - mine .. well, kinda two!! * ink dusters and the dear old *Cuttlebug!
5. Hearts and flowers - Allsorts shallenge -Die cut with flowers, a very special card for very special person 


Janis said...

This is so lovely and serene! I didn't quite understand the technique using the fun foam and Tombow Mono, but your intricate die cut looks perfectly positioned so it must have worked! :)

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Craftychris said...

Love the delicate die cut over the gorgeous Bokeh background - beautiful card! Love the colours of the background too. Awesome beach photo! xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely card at Allsorts 'HEARTS AND/ OR FLOWERS' challenge, good luck in the draw. ♥
[aNNie DT for Allsorts Challenges]

brenda said...

A glorious inky background Shaz and another great card for our Hearts and Flowers theme at Allsorts, many thanks for joining in.

B x

aussie aNNie said...

Hi Shaz, Teamie, love this and your tutorials are always fabulous. Great inspiring as always...
xx {aNNie}

Belinda said...

Hello Shaz, this is so clever and great tutorial. Thanks for visiting me a while back and I am so jealous of that beach photo right now - typical British weather here - RAIN! yeuch!! Belinda x

Anne said...

Such stunning cards mon amie! I always love to see your creative process and techniques! Beautiful cards, lovely beach scene, what a delight! I have put your blog candy on my sidebar, not entering the giveaway though, just happy to be a follower! xxx

Brenda said...

Wow, love this card Sharon! Love your inky background-the colors are great! Your Bokeh looks great, I've yet to try this technique, but want to. The card came together so beautifully and I love that you were inspired by a card from Pinterest! You did a great job of making it your own!!! Looks like a beautiful day down under! Hugs, Brenda

scrappymo! said...

I am loving this bokeh technique! Your card is so lovely...

Creaine said...

wow Thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog.
Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Kim Heggins said...

Amazing card...what an incredible background you created, simply beautiful.

Pia S said...

I haven't tried the bokeh technique yet. Haven't had any good white ink. Bought a new one two weeks ago and hope this will be the one. Green is a color I struggle to create with myself, but I love the color. A pretty design!

Craftnut said...

Thanks for entering our theme this week at allsorts Tracy x

Jenny L said...

Hi Shaz,
what a very gorgeous card and your technique is awesome and very lovely.
I love how you have created that background.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Mummylade said...

Very sweet! Thank you so much for entering in our challenge at Allsorts this week.

Pamela Duncan said...

Thanks for sharing on Christian Card Makers ~ you are always an inspiration to me! Yes... I want to grow up to craft like you!

Cobnut Crafter said...

Beautiful card - so clean and crisp. I love the Bokeh effect. Anne x

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Shaz,

What a beautiful card to help this young woman celebrate her 30th birthday! Everything is ombre here in the States. Very cool to use the effect on the card.

Always enjoy seeing a piece of Australia. One day I'll get there!


Conniecrafter said...

So pretty, I have never thought to use a small amount of bokeh through a window that is such a lovely touch and the die is so pretty against it, the die sentiment is neat too and thanks for sharing the tip, now I just have to remember, LOL!

cotnob said...

This is so pretty Shaz, a lovely Bokeh background and elegant design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

loz said...

Fabulous card and Bokeh technique Shaz..Loz

Art By Wanda said...

Beautiful card!!!!!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog, commenting and following!!! Now I'm going to take a stroll through more of your blog!!! God Bless You on this beautiful Sunday!!!!

Macarena said...

Great background and I love you mixed it with fresh white only! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Gorgeous card! Love the colors and bohek bits.

Brenda in IN said...

This is just beautiful. I love the look of Bokeh and you captured it so well. The greens are lovely too and the Happy Birthday die is so pretty. Great card!

Mrs A. said...

This is a great design using the Bokeh. Looks really good in the shades of green against the stark white of your cuts outs on the card. I see you are nearly at your magic number too. Hugs Mrs A.

Kim said...

Such a lovely card with gorgeous detail. Thank you so much for visiting my blog. So happy to have happened upon your lovely place.

TLady said...

Had to pop over & see you Shaz! This is BEAUTIFUL!!! ;) HOPE you're doing well!! (((HUGS!)))

Kath said...

A fabulous card and I love your Bokeh background. Great design too.
Kath x

Aileen said...

Wow love this card. Amazing how you can add those circles white colour to really change the look of the background. Have got to try this.

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