Thursday, 3 December 2015

CC&S #153: 2015 Colours Revisited and Make It Christmassy!

For this week’s Christmas colour challenge at CAS Coloursand Sketches I have chosen a colour palette that I devised for one of our October challenges (#144). I wasn’t very happy with the card I made that week so wanted to see if I could come up with something better.


I really wanted to have another go at the bokeh technique and so for this card I sponged corresponding inks in the two blues onto a piece of watercolour paper. After letting this dry I sponged white ink from a chalk inkpad through a homemade circle template in vary levels of intensity. This was then mounted onto a piece of gold cardstock. Looking at internet images of bokeh, I’m not sure that my circles are really soft or out of focus enough but I like them anyway so I guess that’s all that matters.  


The snowflakes were a right faff to die-cut. I always seem to have trouble cutting very intricate dies though I have tried all sorts of tricks to make it easier without any real success! Eventually I cut enough (some in white, some in gold, one in felt) that were OK and layered them onto a piece of shimmery netting from a recycled wedding favour all held in place with a beautiful snowflake brad! Finally, after several hours with the snowflakes, the greeting was die-cut and added to one side.


Supplies Used:
Inkpads: Nautical Blue, Summer Sky (Memento), Cloud White (VersaMagic)
Dies: Snowflakes (Die'sire), Peace Word (Clearly Besotted)
Snippets: Gold, white, navy & watercolour paper/cardstock, White felt, Recycled netting, Snowflake brad

I would also like to enter my card into the following festive challenges:








So sorry that my post for CC&S is late this week and that I've not managed to visit and comment on last week's entries - it's been a really busy week (and next week's not looking great either)!

Stef x

9 comments:

  1. Stunning! Love all the bokeh and the pops of gold really add that little extra something.

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  2. Well I think you nailed the technique - it is so pretty. The pop of gold against the blues is just lovely. Great work. Thanks so much for playing along with our technique challenge at 52CCT this week!

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  3. Beautiful Bokeh! Great colours, stunning dimension and a wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for sharing and playing along in our birthday challenge at ATCAS.
    Sarah x

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  4. Your bokeh treatment and snowflake are fabulous. The gold really is a special touch. So glad you joined us for our birthday celebrations at ATCAS this week
    Jaydee

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  5. Beautiful card--your focal point medallion is stunning. Thanks so much for playing along at Time Out.

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  6. I think your bokeh turned out terrific - I especially love how when I clicked on the photo for a closer look, I could see the texture of the watercolor paper. That intricate snowflake might have been a pain but it looks fantastic. Super job all-around!

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  7. Gorgeous! What an amazing bokeh background. Your snowflake is stunning! Thanks for joining us at 52CCT, April x

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  8. What a great bokeh background! (would like that mine look like that...) And the combi with the elegant snowflake is beautiful! Thank you for taking the TIME OUT and join us!

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  9. Stunning card Steph! The bokeh is gorgeous and the perfect backdrop for the amazing snowflake element you created. Layering on the netting is genius!

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