Monday, January 5, 2015


Hello there! Okay, thanks for bearing with me while I pulled this CLASS OF THE MONTH together:) January's class will feature the stamp set You Plus Me. The fee for this class to go is $35. You will receive the following:
    *You Plus Me clear mount stamp set
    *Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack
    *Sponge Dauber
    *Kit components to make 4 featured cards including envelopes
    *Online instructions for 4 featured cards
    * Bonus projects

This is the second card that you will make with your kit. It features the Bokeh technique which is trendy now. You will receive a piece of Basic Black Cardstock, prescored for you. Adhere the Stacked with Love DSP to the card front using SNAIL. Set aside.

Place the watercolor paper on a covered work surface, a small piece of cardboard would work well. You're going cover the entire surface of the paper with water using a paintbrush or AquaPainter. You will need a Real Red, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe Ink Refill or at least 2 of these in similar colors you may already have. Put a couple of drops into 3 separate containers and have an additional container with water. Dab Red onto the paper first, then Calypso~butting it up next to the red and letting it blend. Then fill in with the Cantaloupe, making sure to fill in any white spaces.

 The watercolor paper will curl a bit but you can flatten it out by gently bending it when it's dry, or you can tape it down before you begin using masking tape or ugly washi tape that you don't use. Let it dry~may take an hour or two, or speed up the drying time with a Heat Tool.

You will need a Whisper White Craft Ink Pad and/or Refill. If you have the refill, you can add some ink to a paper plate. Using the Sponge Dauber and largest circle on the stencil, dab the ink onto the paper and rub it in lightly~you want these circles to be the lightest.

Repeat the process using the medium circle and making it a little darker. The effect looks best when you overlap the circles.

Repeat a 3rd time using the smallest circle and making it darker.

Finally, use the Sponge Dauber and apply heavy pressure. The idea is to mimic photography of lights out of focus. Let this dry completely, again the Heat Tool helps speed up the process.

Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black ink. Add the Stacked with Love Washi Tape and DSP strip. Attach the Calypso Coral Pompom Trim(love this stuff!) with a Mini Clothespin.

Once the White craft ink dries, it lightens up, so you may want to daub some ink on some of the smallest circles again. Attach watercolor piece to the card base using Dimensionals. Carefully dodge any wet ink and add the In Color Sequins with Glue Dots.

This is such a fun technique and I hope you'll give it a try with January's  CLASS OF THE MONTH:You Plus Me. Stop back tomorrow to see the 3rd card you'll make with this fun kit. Thanks so much for stopping by!