Colour Me…! 62 – Green Bokeh

Cards, Challenges, Techniques

Welcome to another week of Distress Ink madness here at Z². I’ve been on a total Distress Ink binge and this week I went all out with a bokeh inspired background for the Colour Me…! challenge. The challenge this week is to create a project using two tones of green: moss and emerald.



My card incorporates two colours of Distress Ink and three different homemade stencils to achieve my bokeh inspired background. Once I finished my background, I heat embossed a subtle sentiment and cut the background into four sections before adhering it to my cardbase.


Thanks so much for stopping by this week. I hope I’ve inspired you to play along with us over at the Colour Me challenge. Make sure to check out tons of green inspiration from the other designers:

& March’s marvelous guest designer, Joyce Mehrberg

Sharing is caring! I’m also going to play along with the Friday Mashup gals in their 200th challenge. I’m going to mashup  #174, Bokeh, and #154, Spring Colours.



The Friday Mashup Challenge: FM174

Cards, Challenges, Masculine Card, Uncategorized

Another Friday Mashup Challenge post. This week, the FM174 challenge was to create a project using the Bokeh technique, or to create a project using die cuts, or to mashup both challenges and create a project that incorporates Bokeh and die cuts.

I watched the suggested video tutorial from Dawn at Wplus9 and used the FM Design Team cards to get the hang of the Bokeh technique. This week my card is “out of this world”, space themed. Here it is:

My FM174 Card

My FM174 Card

I used a piece of Cotman 140lb water colour paper cut to 5½ x 4¼” for the background that I eventually cut down to about 5 x 3¾” to use on the card. The Cotman water colour paper isn’t a bright white but when the whole surface is painted you’d never know. The paper I use comes in spiral bound pads and stands up well to being heated with my heat tool when drying and for embossing.

I followed the tutorial video pretty closely for the watercolour background. Once the paint was dry, I used two difference size circle punches, and a small star punch to create stencils. Using a makeup sponge and my stencils I inked on Brilliance Archival Ink in Platinum Planet to finish the Bokeh technique. If I were going to repeat the technique, next time I would use smaller circles for the inking part.

At this point in the project I was so excited about getting my background done that I forgot about the second part of the mashup–Die cuts– and just continued on my merry way…I was in the zone.

Using the same circle punches I used for making my stencils, I punched two circles in the background. With a Post-it tape mask, I stamped the Love you to the Moon for the sentiment and spaceship (I wanted to use different parts of the same stamp) with Not Quite Navy classic ink onto the circles.

Just to add a little more shine and sparkle, I smooshed silver ink onto a strip of scrap paper and clear embossed it to punch out some silver stars and adhered them to the card using Tombow Mono liquid glue. I also added some small clear rhinestones for good measure.

To assemble the card, I mounted the background to my navy A2 cardbase using foam tape and then popped the circles back into place directly on the card using my tape runner.

I’m looking forward to experimenting more with the Bokeh technique. Trying something new each week is one of the reasons I enjoy the Friday Mashup challenges. Thanks for dropping by!