A Happy Hello S1502 Close To My Heart Stamp of the Month Australiasian Blog Hop

Hello and welcome aboard our February Stamp of the month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Vandra’s Virtual CTMH Classroom then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post.

You know when you have an idea in your head, and you try to execute it, and it doesn’t quite go to plan. Well today is that day. Nevertheless, I am going to share with you my Bokeh Background technique attempt using “A Happy Hello”, available only during February from your Close to My Heart Consultant for just $5 with a qualifying order.

Close to My Heart Febraury Stamp of the Month A Happy Hello S1502 Hallofindulgence.ctmh.com.au

Close to My Heart Febraury Stamp of the Month A Happy Hello S1502 Hallofindulgence.ctmh.com.au

So many possibilities here but I just saw circles. you see, I have been seeing a lot of cards on pinterest lately featuring a stamped Bokeh technique background. Bokeh is a generally associated with photography and it refers to the soft out of focus, slightly blurred background, sometimes featuring small light prisms.

To get the effect I started by laying down my Close to My Heart All Purpose Craft Mat.  I call it my “Messy Mat” as it is ideal for spraying, misting, painting , wet embossing and all the other messy craft things we love to do. It is also heat resistant and what makes it stand out from its competitors in the market is it has a grip like surface on the back, so it ‘clings” to your work surface and does not budge, unlike other teflon coated craft mats or imposter “wanna be craft” mats , like BBQ mats.  At $26 for a  15″ × 20″ non-stick mat which  wipes clean easily, is heat resistant up to 240° Fahrenheit, and has the  non-slip underside for work surface grip, how can you go wrong?

Close to My Heart Spray Pen $5.50 for a pack of three hallofindulgence,ctmh,com.au

Close to My Heart Spray Pen $5.50 for a pack of three hallofindulgence.ctmh.com.au

I added some drops of Close to My Heart Exclusive ink re inker directly to the mat. I have used Canary, Sweet Leaf, Thistle and Glacier.

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I then misted with water from the spray pen and then drag and blot a piece of Daisy White Card Stock into the ink until you get the look you want. and allow to dry. I left them overnight but you can use a heat tool to speed it up.

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Next I added circles of daisy White Pigment ink in 3 sizes. I used the Back of two of the flowers from the A Happy Hello set  by simply sticking the patterned side to the block, allowing me to use the plain circle solid back as a stamp. For my smallest circle I used the unused  rubber at the end of a pencil.  I added circles in the various sizes until I got a look I liked.  this serves to soften the background and make it more hazy and less blobby. I’m good at technical terms…

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One thing I love about the high quality Close to My Heart Stamps is that you can bend and manipulate them into curves and they will not distort or crack.  I bent the flower over to look as if it was blowing in a breeze and applied Versamark ink and Black embossing powder and heat set it. All on my messy mat of course.

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Well…. what a MESS! This happened because I  had not let the pigment ink bokeh effect circles dry enough so the embossing powder stuck where I did not want it.

ARGHHHHHH.

Back to the drawing board…or messy mat in this case.

This time I embossed the black flower stem and sentiment FIRST.  Then did the messy mat inking.  The heat embossed flower and sentiment resists the ink. Then I added the white pigment ink circles for the Bokeh effect. I backed my card in the black chevron Card from the Paper Fundamentals Basics Pack.  LOVE LOVE LOVE the shiny resist textured side of this card stock.  I think I actually managed to capture it here. You really have no idea how cool these hearty weight card stock are  are by looking in the Idea book.

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I did not want my messed up backgrounds to go to waste so I stamped a few of the circular flowers from A Happy Hello, again using versamark and black embossing powder, and then cut out the circles.

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No two backgrounds are ever the same with this technique, making for a unique creation every time.  I will definitely be playing with this a bit more and hopefully improving my patience  and results along the way.

Be sure to get your $75 order in with your  Close to My Heart Consultant and add this for the bargain price of $5 before February is over.

Now why not indulge in a little more hopping and head all the way over to New Zealand  to Patricia Manhire’s Creative Corner to  see what my clever friend has created.

Don forget to indulge me with a comment and yourself with some lovely crafty goodies form my Close to My Heart Website!