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 March 2017

Bokeh Method Take 2 -Bizzy Becs DT -

Well, 'tis the 15th of the month so time for another DT post for Bizzy Bec's! Thought we'd take another look at the Bokeh method!   (Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens)
Here's a peek!
LESSON 1: dont get it too wet or it will dry blotchy like mine.. I used distress inks  on watercolour but worked out afterwards used the wrong side of watercolour paper pad too.
: think re-inkers would be better but dont have many of those.
LESSON 3:  when you die cut use heaviest quality piece of acetate as you can get, mine was. Scrap I had was from a lid, but noticed the video (link here) she had trouble with that. The white bubbles are overlapped and are done with chalk ink, it is better really if you dry between, I also did the different sizes it three (odd numbers -> better balance) of larger size then five (or so of next size and more of last size.
Have cut the two lots of prim poppies and arranged them on the oval die cut of Bokeh background. One bud I chose to use reverse side of bud, (ie turned it over so it faced other way). Shaped all flowers accordingly with shaping tool on mat.

Items used:
Watercolour Paper

Ranger Mini blending tool 
Distress inks - varied
Spellbinder Elegant Ovals
Cottage cutz stitched oval
(fits the spellbinder ovals perfectly)
Impressions Obsession Greeting die set.
This background was made see here, on last month's post..applied bokeh background then added the diecut frame with Tonic scalloped rectangle die, Butterfly is Joy Vintage Fourish butterfly and the thanks is CB Olivia alphabet die . discontinued years back.
Now to the Aussie shots.. on a drive up into the hills behind out town at lookout looking over it and some of lovely greenery up there too!

 You may like to join in with the March Anything Goes challenge over at Bizzy Bec's ... you just might win that stamp or die prize!
I really appreciate all who call by to say hi! and also would love it if any of you have time to pop over and comment on my DT post over here at Bizzy Bec's blog!
 May God richly bless your day wherever you may be! 
Shaz in Oz.x

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galations 6 vs 9 

Linking up to:
1. Word Art Wednesday - anything goes  
Used snippets, watercolours and white card on dies.. I really love how dies are snippet users!  my first card's bokeh background was originally made two years ago.. see here!!!
2. Di's Snippety challenge -
3. Allsorts Challenge Week 406 - For Ladies and Girls 
4. Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - For a Special Lady/Girl 
  (second card with scalloped bordered frame made with Tonic dies.)


cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous work. Not only the colours but your designs, and the bloom die is so pretty Kate x

Valerija said...

Gorgeus cards! Love the bokeh method! Very pretty!
Valerija xx

Barb said...

Two absolutely stunning cards Shaz. Your bokeh backgrounds look really beautiful. Barbxx

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

Thanks for sharing your tips on bokeh, I have never tried this technique! Your backgrounds looks both really beautiful, and you made with them two fabulous cards, so elegant!

Kathleen said...

Two superb cards Shaz, especially love the first one as it uses one of my favourite dies, gorgeous background, great oval die and just love those poppies. Like the way you have used the colours for the sentiment too.

Kath x

loz said...

Beautiful card and photos Shaz...Loz

JennyH said...

You are the queen of bokeh, both cards are beautiful with their soft subtle backgrounds : )

Cathy said...

Wow, this technique looks amazing Shaz, love the purple and blue one, so soft and pretty with the white diecuts, Cathy x

Kim said...

I have not heard of the bokeh method. Such a pretty card. The background is awash with subtle colour. Love your photos of the scenery.

Di said...

Really beautiful card Shaz! I just love the poppies against that wonderful bokeh background. A lovely oval die there as well!


Di xx

Betsy said...

Beautiful as always Shaz. You have such a talent, given by God and it's wonderful that you use it to bless others. Thank you for popping by to visit and encourage me. Your prayers mean very much to me.

Heidi MyLittleStampingBlog said...

Your cards are both beautiful! I don't know what my issue is, but I do not have a lot of patience for doing this technique. That is why I just am really enjoying your cards! TFS!

MaryH said...

Loving these bokeh backgrounds, and how super they look with the wet distress inks. (the one you said looked blotchy, I thought looked great! Isn't it amazing how something you don't like, somebody else will?) Loved the way you've showcased them with the ovals, the die flowers and what pretty cards you've designed with your playtime backgrounds! Always enjoy your scenic pictures. Acorn is showing Martin Clunes Islands of Australia, and I'm looking forward to watching it. Saw it on Youtube - where somebody had posted it, but looking forward to a re-watch. The scenery was breath taking! TFS & Hugs.

Darlene said...

WOW Both cards are BEAUTIFUL! I have used that technique in a long time thanks for inspiration! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Borders and/or Edges’ challenge at Dies R Us! Please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please come for a visit.

Teresa Kline said...

hello! what a fun design and idea..luv the amazing background!

I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

blog-paperie blooms

sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Ellibelle said...

Love the bokeh technique, it's been a while since I did this! Both cards are absolutely beautiful!
Thank you so much for playing along with us at Allsorts this week!

Darnell said...

Both the new bokeh and the former one are stunning examples of the method, Shaz! Thank you so much for the lesson! I have yet to try this, so I'm bookmarking this post. Hope you are doing well!! Hugs, Darnell

Debbie Harris said...

As always, just gorgeous!!
Thank you again for the scenery shots, I so enjoy seeing your corner of the world and all its beauty.

God bless you ~

Sunshine Country said...

Especially love the butterfly card; so pretty, you do a great job! And once again was blessed by the verse at the end of your post--amazingly it is the same verse that I've had on my mind several times today.

brenda said...

A really lovely feminine creation and such striking background inking Shaz, many thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts Women's Day challenge.


Jules said...

Hi Shaz

You have showcased that technique beautifully .. .. and I love your finished projects very much.

Sorry for not being around for a while. My happy couples are keeping me super busy at the moment .. .. but I have been taking the opportunity for a catch up whilst I wait for more delivieries.

I have also been looking back on your blog. You have been sharing some fabulous creations. Pleased you are still enjoying your Brusho powders and you have some fabulous dies and stamps. Had to smile when I saw the multi heart die. That one never gets put back in its packet here! LOL!!

Hope all is well with you.

Love Jules xx

Berina RGA said...

Beautiful cards!! Love this bokeh technique! I've been wanting to do this for a while, but never got around to do it! Should try it soon.

Mervi said...

Lovely cards!
Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts;-))m

Pia S said...

I've never tried this technique before. I think it looks great but I only just recently got myself a useful white ink. The bokeh effect adds interest to the backgrounds, I like that it's all more about the backgrounds than the rest.

Mrs A. said...

Two beautiful examples of the Bokeh effect. I love the colours on both cards. Your hints and tips are handy to remember. hugs Mrs A.

AlisonC said...

It's an interesting technique and I'd never really understood how it was done before. I do now. It's very beautiful. x

Barbara said...

Stunning card! Thank you for playing along with us in the DIES R US challenge!
Dies R Us Challenge Blog DT

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely bokeh effect on these, love the colors, pretty dies with it and good to know those dies work with the spellbinders.
Look at all that pretty green, hope we will be seeing more of that here very soon :)

Ginny Maxam said...

Hi Shaz, beautiful cards, this is one of my favorites techniques and I don't think anyone does it better than you! Thanks for joining in and sharing your art with us at word Art Wednesday! Ginny M, DT

sharon said...

Both cards are beautiful!!! I do like the Bokeh method, the backgrounds is awesome.
We have been lucky enough to have rain over the past week, we have gone from yellow grass to lush green lawn:)
Enjoy your week.
sharon :)

Shoshi said...

I love this bokeh technique, Shaz. Your results are stunning! I have got some stoma gauges (to measure the size of your stoma so you can cut the bag to the right size) and these make brilliant stencils lol lol! The other Shaz on WOYWW (Silverwolf) roared with laughter at me using these - she has them too lol! I love thinking outside the box and using all sorts of stuff for art! I haven't tried bokeh and this would be an ideal use for them!

I absolutely love the cards you've made, with the delicate white die-cuts. So pretty!

Thank you for your visit and your nice comment. Actually, it's as hands-on using the iPad Pro for drawing - the app is a blank canvas and the Apple Pencil can be whatever pen, brush or pencil you choose, and whatever size or colour - makes art on the go a doddle! I can do it from the comfort of the recliner too. I love working in layers as well. That being said, working with "real" stuff and working on the iPad are not mutually exclusive - I love to get ink all over my hands and work with physical stuff. The iPad is just another string to my creative bow!

Thank you so much for your good wishes and especially your prayers. I am really feeling so much better now, and it's lovely being able to do things again.

Have a great week!
Shoshi x

Cobnut Crafter said...

Beautiful cards - I love the delicate edged die you have used in the first one. I think that your use of Bokeh technique works so well on these cards. Anne x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Love your bokeh creations, especially that first one!

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and ponder weird things. Last night it was, "Why am I dreaming about ducks?" and the other night it was, "What's that technique with the lighter colored circles called?" It took a lot of weird names before I settled on Bokeh. I wish I could remember the one I was so sure was right. It was a great word, definitely a technique with that name should be invented.

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