Stampin’ Up! Grand Vacation Hawaiian Achiever’s Blog Hop – Pillow Gift Inspiration

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You may have just joined me from Karina Chin’s beautiful blog!
As many of you have seen and heard, we had a fabulous time in Hawaii and I am so very grateful for the opportunity to have attended.   We had a Blog Hop before we went, and all of us decided we wanted to do another using our nightly pillow gifts as inspiration.  Fun!
stampin up friendly wishes bokeh iridescent iceThe stamp set is one you can order as of Tuesday! (2 June) called Friendly Wishes – a nice big stamp set with lots options to go inside the card as well.
stampin up Friendly Wishes Bokeh technique
My inspiration was this little Hawaiian purse we were given on the second night; I’ve used this as a colour inspiration, coupled with the new Melon Mambo ribbon I won as a prize on the trip.
stampin up friendly wishes melon mambo bokeh
The background is created on Watercolour Paper:
1. Wet the WAtercolour Paper thoroughly
2. Spritz with mixtures of water and ink refills (Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Soft Suede, and SAhara Sand used)
3. Spritz again with a spritzer filled with plain Isopropyl Alcohol for the splatter look
This creates your base colour, and certainly no two will be the same!
stampin up friendly wishes technique background
The Bokeh part of the project is actually the white circles.  This is super easy:
1. Use a template or create your own by punching various circles out of scrap cardboard
2. Sponge Whisper White ink through the template, making sure to overlap the circles
How easy is that?
On the pink one above, I left it as is.  On the more brown version, I took it one more step and heat embossed with the Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder.  I like the contrast of a murky background with sparkle.
stampin up friendly wishes watercolour bokeh background technique
Thanks for joining me and I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop!
Please visit Lynsay Mahon on your travels next!
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  1. Ann Craig

    One of my current favourite techniques Jacque and I love what you have done with it on both cards.

  2. Genevieve

    thanks for sharing that great technique

  3. Marelle Taylor

    These are so pretty Jacque! It was lovely to spend some time with you and Rob in Hawaii xo

  4. Cynthia Millan

    These are stunning. And the addition of the iridescent ice makes such a subtle but elegant difference. Love them! Have a wonderful weekend and stay crafty! God Bless, ~Cynthia <

  5. Louise Sharp

    ADORE these card Jacque! Ok, so the pink one is my fav…but both are equally as amazing. Using the Iridescent Powder is genius! It always such a pleasure to see you and Rob, I know we didn’t get much time together in Hawaii, but still so nice to see you both. Thank so much for playing along to our blog hop this month. Louise xo

  6. Karina

    Great card Jacque! I love this technique!

  7. Lynsay Mahon

    Great technique Jacque! I love how you used the iridescent ice on the bokeh circles! Beautiful!

  8. janet wakeland

    I love how many were inspired by their cosmetic bags. I so need to try this technique.
    So pretty

  9. Kim Gavarra

    Really pretty Jacqui! Love the texture on the cards especially!

  10. Vanessa Webb

    Love your take on the Bokeh technique Jacque! Gorgeous cards 🙂 TFSxxxx

  11. Georgia Giguere

    Great cards, Jacque! I’m inspired to give this technique a try! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  12. Alison Solven

    Adorable cards! Love the technique.

  13. Selene

    This is so beautiful! I love seeing all the different bags! Mine was green. I love what you did to make the cards. So awesome!

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  15. Linda Higgins

    Stunning cards Jacqui!!

  16. Connie Stewart

    This is absolutely stunning! I love it!

  17. Stamping Shanni

    These are gorgeous Jacqui! Love Love Love the colours and the inspiration (your cosmetic bag is cute. . .). The bokeh background is reminiscent of the sunlight and brightness that was Hawaii! Loved every minute, hope you did too. Mahalo Shanni


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