I was excited to learn the theme challenge at Paper Players this week was “birds.” Yay! Birds add so much life to cards. The project also needed to be “clean & simple,” which meant, lots of empty space and minimal embellishments.
Having been asked if I have tried using different ink colors on our new Bokeh Dots stamp, the answer was now, “yes.” The “ink to stamp” technique worked well by coloring the red rubber with Stampin’ Write markers, then stamping on Whisper White cardstock.
My next experiment was to see how this stamped Bokeh Dots image would look as a bird, cut with a Birds & Blooms die. Would you like to see a Bokeh Dots bird? Here she is:
Bokeh Dot Best Bird
The marker colors I used are: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Berry Burst and Blackberry Bliss.
The new Thank You die was used to cut beautiful, Thick Whisper White words. I glued this to a Whisper White matt, which was given a linen-like texture by the Subtle Dynamics embossing folder.
The letter “a” provided a perch for my Bokeh Dots bird. She is singing with happiness!
I liked the photography background paper so much (Nature’s Poem DSP) that I decided to decorate the envelope flap with it.
I hope this has given you some ideas on how to use the Bokeh Dots stamps. The possibilities are endless! Scroll on down to purchase at my store.
How is everyone today? Are you in the mood for a party? I’ve been wanting to use the sentiment, “Cue the Confetti,” from the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, and this is the perfect opportunity. It goes so well with the new birthday bundle, Blow Out the Candles. Never let it be said that I receive new products that are unused. I can’t get them into action fast enough!
Cue the confetti
I love the confetti die from the Candles and Confetti die set, which fits just right on the 4″X 5 1/4″ Whisper White cardstock layer. I thought about adding a different color for the cut-out holes, but decided to let the Bermuda Bay card base show through.
Aren’t the floating balloons pretty? The shades of blue and green remind me of Lake Tahoe, especially Emerald Bay. To achieve the effect, I colored Vellum cardstock with Stampin’ Write markers, in swatches just large enough to accommodate the balloon die.
TIP: I die cut the balloons with the colored side down, so they would have a softer look.
Five of the balloons are attached with Glue Dots, and two with Mini-Dimensionals. The glue shows a bit with close inspection, but I think it’s worth it for the balloons to be translucent.
The inside of the card has “Happy Birthday” from the Blow Out the Candles stamp set, as well as a balloon on a string. I used Lemon Lime Twist for the balloon, and Shaded Spruce for “Happy Birthday.”
The inspiration for my layout is from this week’s CAS(E) this sketch. See how my balloons and confetti conform to the sketch, upside down?
With this striped envelope flap, my birthday card is ready to send.
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The inspiration for this project begins with two things: the sketch challenge at Fab Friday, and my new stash of Stampin’ Up! product delivered by UPS.
Here is the sketch:
Searching for a circle in my newly delivered stash, I find a good one in the Chase Your Dreams die set. This will represent the doily. The set also has feathers, which I can hang from it. I’ve missed out on feathers from previous years, so this is one of my reasons for purchasing this bundle. Another reason is the word, “dream,” because I’m a lover of paper words!
Chase Your Dreams
Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper has the perfect color palette for the subject of dreams: Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide and Balmy Blue. A Thick Whisper White card base will keep the look soft and dreamy.
The background for my card is staring me in the face; the new Bokeh Dots stamp set. I’m anxious to ink it up in Mint Macaron, and delightfully surprised by the results. When first seeing this stamp set in the catalog, I assumed it would cover an entire card front. Wrong! It’s the size of an ink pad.
TIP: The Stamparatus is used to center it, and make sure it stamps evenly.
The circle and feathers are die cut from Tranquil Textures DSP, and “dream” is die cut from Thick Whisper White. “Dream” has two layers for thickness.
The feathers are popped up on Mini-Dimensionals, and “tied together” with a Glitter Enamel Dot.
I hope you’re enjoying the new products as much as I am. You can scroll down to see what I used in this project. Clicking on the pictures takes you to my store for easy shopping.
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