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


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

  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!

  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

  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

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

  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!

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

  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!

  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!