Sending Sympathy…

Unfortunately this month I have needed three sympathy cards.  Stampin’ Up! has so many beautiful stamps and sentiments and I’m always grateful I can personally make a card for someone who is suffering a loss.

This is one of those cards…


And here is a shot of the inside of the card…


Did you notice the background on the card front?  It’s called the Bokeh (Bo-kah’) technique.  Here I’ve used watercolor paper, but you can use cardstock just as well.  I just happen to love watercolor paper and the effects that can be achieved melting colors together.  And what about the flower?  Yes, another simple technique that produces extraordinary results.

I’ll give you instructions for both here in the Stuff ‘N Digits…


  • Paper:  Black, Pear Pizazz and White cardstock (if you don’t want to use watercolor paper)
  • Ink:  Memento Black and VersMark
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, Blendability Pens


  • The Black card base is 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • The Pear Pizazz layer is 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″
  • The Watercolor layer is 5 1/4″ x 4″
  • The vertical Pear Pizazz layer is 2″ x 4 3/4″
  • The vertical black layer is 1 7/8″ x 4 5/8″
  • The horizontal black layer is 1 1/2″ x 2 1/4″
  • The horizontal Pear Pizazz layer is 1 3/8″ x 2 1/8″
  • The Horizontal watercolor layer is 1 1/4″ x 2″
  • Attach the Pear Pizazz 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″ to black card front
  • The watercolor sheet was 5 x 7 and I trimmed it after wetting it completed with spritzing with water and dropping reinker on the wet paper, then re-spritzing until I liked the blended colors. I used Pear Pizazz, Crushed Curry and Pool Party reinkers.  You can speed up drying time by heating with heat gun.
  • Once the paper is dry, make a stencil using window sheets of three circle sizes.  Using a sponge dauber and White Craft ink pad make the larger circles first and overlap the next size circle then add the smaller circles.  You can certainly do more circles than I show here.  It makes a beautiful background of muted color.
  • When the watercolor paper was dry from the Bokeh technique,  I stamped with VersMark and the Gorgeous Grunge dot stamp, sprinkled with white embossing powder and heated.
  • You should have pieces of your watercolor paper that were trimmed to use for the sentiment and inside the card.
  • Now for the vertical layer stamp the image with VersaMark, sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat.
  • Use your choice of Blendability colors and with the brush end color over your image.  You do not have to be careful, the color does not show on the black only on the embossed image.  And the color really pops!
  • Now layer up your vertical pieces and attach with dimensionals.
  • Layer up your horizontal piece, wrap with linen thread, place two single dimensionals on the right side and double dimensionals on the left side.
  • Finish with the inside of the card.

The Bokeh technique is addictive.  I have pieces of watercolor paper drying all over my table tops.  Each one is entirely different not only in color but how much craft ink was used.  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Just a note:  If you decide to try this technique on cardstock, use sponges and your ink pads and just overlap you color as you sponge.

This is kind of a long post of directions, but sometimes we just need to try something different.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  It is a cold and rainy day here…perfect for stamping in my studio!

Here is your “B-ism” for today…


Get inky…Be HaPpY!