Catherine Pooler, Ellen Hutson, Hero Arts, Trinity Stamps

Succulent with a Bokeh Background

Flower sunday

Recently the lovely designer Julie Ebersole demonstrated how to make a bokeh background on the Ellen Hutson blog here. She created a video here. I was so enamored with the look that I had to try it as well with the Trinity Stamps succulent banner stamp set.  Julie does such a wonderful  job explaining how to make the background, that I will only briefly describe it.

  1. Stamp the succulent banner, and create a mask to place over the image.  Place the mask over the image.
  2. I used Catherine Pooler inks: Tiara, Be Mine & Coral Cabana (but you can use whatever inks you have) with the Trinity Blendability Brushes onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Make any pattern you want, best is as random as possible.
  3. Using different circle stamps (or even an adhesive circle), stamp lightly all over with Hero Arts uniform white ink.  Overlap circles and use at least 2 sizes. (I also made a panel with vellum as shown below in the photo).
  4. blue vellum
  5. I splattered gold paint over the entire panel before removing the mask.
  6. Let dry for several hours or use a heat gun to dry it completely.
  7. I used some copics (R20 & R30) for the flowers and painted over the succulents with Catherine Pooler ink

blue vellum2

Thank you for stopping by- I hope that you will give this method a try!

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Hello!  Simon Says Stamp has a challenge on Mondays & Wednesdays.  This card is being entered into a Wednesday challenge in which the challenge was to use a frame.  I made a frame out of several Birch Press die cut plates, poured some Lucy’s Card’s shell sequins in it, topped it with a mermaid from a My Monthly Hero kit and a hello die from Hero Arts.  The die cut background is from Lil’ Inker.  Supplies will be linked to in the next few days!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Peacock Prettiness


In addition to loving coffee, I love gold, and background cover plates!

Upon cutting various colors of my new Birch Press plate additions, I realized that a lot of the shapes looked like feathers.  Running with this thought, I pulled out an unused Hero Art layering peacock stamp set that I had intended to use, but never did.

I love how everything came together. More details to come!