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Thu 24

Happy Birthday
by Donna Sledzik

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Hello everyone!  Today's card features a fun technique called Bokeh Technique.  You begin by creating a blended ink background on white cardstock and use circle stencils with white pigment ink or white acrylic paint to create the Bokeh effect.

I used several circle punches to create my stencils.  You could use the Circle Basics Die Set instead. 


I created my dye ink blended background and dried it completely before using white acrylic paint to do my circles. You're blending doesn't have to be perfect for this technique.


I used a foam blending tool and a light touch to apply the paint to the background.


I started with the larger circles first and then filled in with other sizes.  Once I was done with the circles and the paint was dry, I used my ink blending brushes to go over the colors to soften the white paint.  I also spattered the background with gold ink.

Next, I die cut the balloons and the shadow for the Happy Birthday from white cardstock.  I used gold foil paper for the Happy Birthday and glued it to the white shadow die cut.  

I glued the balloon die cut to the card and used a white pen to draw in the strings.  Next, I used foam tape to adhere the Happy Birthday die cut to the card.  


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To finish the card, I glued the card front to a gold metallic mat and used foam tape to adhere it to a white card base.

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. I just realized the dot for the "i" in the word birthday feel off.  😢







Terrific background for you balloons die!

Awesome birthday card!!

Great background and the balloons look really good on top.

Such a pretty background for the balloons!

Love the background you made! And these OUTLINED balloons don't distract the beauty of background, rather than using solid balloon dies! Beautiful card! <3

Fantastic background Donna! Beautiful card.

What a great idea! I just love how you are thinking outside the box. Gorgeous

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