House of Cards May Challenge ...

Good Morning! It's the 1st of the month which means that I have a new House of Cards challenge to share with you! This month we are challenging you to try a technique called the Bokeh Effect!

There are a lot of Tutorials on YouTube that shows you the different ways to create a card using the Bokeh Effect. After watching several of them I created a couple of cards to share with you today.

I tried a couple different mediums to create the background and chose the ones I created with Distress Inks. The sentiment was FREE from Clear & Simple Stamps ... a Customer Appreciation stamp that I received this year. So happy I used it for my cards this month since these are going into my Operation Write Home Box. As for the Bokeh effect ... I had issues with the ink, and plan on trying again with another ink soon. Practice makes perfect!

Make sure you hop on over to the House of Cards Challenge Blog for all of the details for entering our Monthly Challenges! I can't wait to see what inspires you this month!

Challenges entered ...
 - Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #127 ~ Dots
 - Crafty Gals Corner Challenge #17 ~ Stripes and/or Polka Dots
 - House that Stamps Built Challenge ~ WIW April Anything Goes
 - Simon Wednesday Challenge ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate your stopping by and your comments.
Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above:
 - Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media Paper, Papertry Ink White
 - Ink: StazOn Jet Black & Opache Cotton White; Time Holtz Distress Inks for the background ... Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge & Crushed Olive for one, and Ripe Persimmon, Tumbled Glass, Storm Sky & Faded Jeans for the other
 - Other: Teresa Collins Enamel Dots, Simple Stories Enamel Dots, 3D Foam Squares, 1/4" Scor-Tape, Dauber


Merethe Arstein said…
Nice backgrounds and the effect you got here Ruza. And a great sentiment.

Fun to see what you other girls have made.

Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT
Donna said…
Fabulous cards Ruza, like the colors and effect you achieved with the wavy background, like the saying and simple embellishing to let the background shine! Donna T. HOC DT
Shari M said…
Lie this one Ruza. Again like the colours for sure.
I LOVE your pretty bokeh cards! They are so fresh and colorful! Those colors really pop!
Take care!
HOC DT teamie
Monika Reeck said…
Yes you are right Practice makes perfect..I did this time the third time to make Bokeh effect card..I was ever made but in blue and fish image on it...and I love your orange background under the circle bokeh and lovely sentiment you have...the second card love the colors too...
Beautiful DT card Ruza
see you soon on my Blog teamie..
HOC DT Teamie
Mynn Kitchen said…
Ruza, these are wonderful!!! I LOVE the layered lined backgrounds--fabulous variation! Lovely, friend! HUGS! :) Mynn xx
Sally Dodger said…
Two really great cards. I love the background you have created and you have used beautiful colours. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and more. Sally.x.
Patti J said…
Absolutely gorgeous, Ruza! Thanks for joining us at The House that Stamps Built!
Kathy S said…
Beautiful Bokeh - it's such a fun way to get lots of texture and depth, isn't it? Thanks so much for sharing this with us at The House That Stamps Built. Take care.
Daen'Ys said…
Ruza, both are so pretty and bright!! Love how you created your bokeh and the addition of enamel dots!
Hugs, Rosi - HOC DT
Donna Nuce said…
Your cards are gorgeous! Love the colors you chose! Have a great day Ruza!
sue t. said…
The wavy background against the bokeh circles is way cool! Love your cards!
J said…
I really like the colour combination on this card - such a cool effect. I'd not really seen this technique before, but will now check out the tutorials on YouTube! Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers & more.

Toni said…
Ruza, these turned out fab! I love the way you created the background and then the pigment dots on top!

HOC DT Teamie
Lorraine Clinch said…
Lovely cards Ruza, love the colour combos!
Lorry :o) xx
Beautiful cards! Such lovely backgrounds! Great technique!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Katy said…
Both are so pretty! I love how the technique turned out! :) Big Hugs-Katy HOC Teammate
What a fabulous background - the bokeh looks great on it!
Judy V said…
Pretty cards Ruza! Love the color combos in both!
Barbara Rankin said…
Two beautiful cards, Ruza, each looking so different using the different papers. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT