The Paper Players #283 - Clean and simple 'Up, up and away'
The brief was to create a clean and simple card using any airborne object. Normally clean and simple to me would be white and bright but I've actually chosen black for the base of my card, and I'm very happy with the results. I've kept things 'looking' fairly simple, although the process was a little more involved.
I must admit, this is actually my very first time using the Bokeh technique. Pretty cute, right!? Traditionally people tend to use circles with the craft white ink, however I really wanted to make the balloons work. The other thing I noticed, people generally use the sponging method but I've opted to try watercolour instead. First step was to see if I could punch out a template for the balloon using the new Balloon Bouquet Punch, and I did that using a small portion of the Window Sheets. The two balloons on the punch sit quite close together so I was concerned there might not be enough 'edge' around my balloon template - not the case at all! Love, love, LOVE my new balloon template.
Using the Aqua Painters and only 2 colours per card, I created the watercolour background. I then used my new balloon template to sponge white craft ink balloons across my watercolour panel. Handy tip - make your panel wider so you can punch out the feature balloon later. I won't lie, my first attempt at this was challenging but I'm sure I'll get better with more practise. Perhaps the watercolour technique made it more difficult? Once I try the sponging, I'll let you know the verdict!
To keep the clean and simple theme, I've only used a sentiment on the inside of my card. The little balloons (using the Party Punch Pack) were punched from the left over watercolour paper. Here are the tolls and products you might need to CASE my design.