Bokeh Bleeding Heart…

It wasn’t supposed to bleed…but it did.  And I’m so happy!

Here’s the card…


It’s one of those happy mistakes that probably can’t be duplicated if I tried.  This whole idea came from a post of Lydia’s at Understand Blue.  She used Frog Tape (most paint stores have it) as a mask and loosely watercolored in the blank space.

Her card had a die cut leaf and was gorgeous…all clean lines everywhere.  So I thought it would be fun to try the new heart framelit and this is the result.  NOT all clean lines, but I do love the look of it.  Of course, I couldn’t stop there and added the Bokeh technique before unmasking.

The Frog Tape is yellow and on a roll.  It peels away from you paper like butter and doesn’t take a layer of paper with it.  Magic!  You all know how much I love the masking technique.  The trick is to be sure all your edges are secure without any pleats or wrinkles at the edges.   You have GOT to try this!

Here’s the Stuff ‘N Digits for you…


  • Paper:  Real Red Cardstock and Watercolor Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black (sentiment) and any watercolors you have.  Mine are the Kuretake set from Amazon.  White Craft Ink for Bokeh technique
  • Stamps:  None
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Large round brush, Bloomin’ Hearts Thinlets, Window Sheet punched with different sized circles, Dauber


  • The Real Red base card is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The watercolor paper layer is 5 1/4′ x 4″.  Cut Frog Tape with framelit.  Be sure to seal all edges with you bond folder.  Wet the exposed watercolor paper well and drop your favorite colors on the paper.  You can spray with more water or dab with a paper towel to remove color.  You can tilt your paper to encourage the colors to interact with each other.  When you are happy with the result, let dry thoroughly.  You can heat it like I do to speed up the drying time.  Now using your Craft White Ink and you window sheet you have turned into a stencil by punching different sized circles into it, sponge circles of different sizes overlapping each other.  Use your dauber for the small circles last.  They will be brighter than the rest.  Remove your Frog Tape mask…Oh my goodness is that not magic?
  • Add your beautiful creation to the card base with extra sticky tape.  Stamp a sentiment or just sign your name.  You are the artist!

This year let’s break out of our normal molds and try lots of new things…throw caution to the wind!  Find a framelit you like and give this a try…I’d love to see what you create!

Here’s you “B-ism” for today…


Then you’ll be ready to try new things!

Come along with me…and get inky!




  1. Billie, I love this card. You are so creative!! Thanks for all the tips about how you created this masterpiece. The “b-ism” today is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks HJ…I hope you’ll give this a try if you haven’t done it before. I’d love to see what you create!…B!

  2. Hi! I love this! I am completely confused on how you did it! lol
    You said cut the frog tape with heart framelit…did you lay the frog tape all over a piece of watercolor paper, then cut it out?> Then what?
    I wish you would do another and make a video!
    its my “Be dumb day”, I cant figure it out!
    Thanks Billie!

  3. haha OK so I JUST watched Lydias video, and read the comments on cutting the frog tape….