PASTE and/or STENCIL TECHNIQUES
Some time ago, I watched a video from Ranger Dylusion inks about using water to raise the colour from the ink and I'd heard it worked with distress inks too. I've not used stencils much. I had a couple that I used in scrapbooking layouts but never in cards. Having been lucky enough to win two stencils from Artplorations through Casology, I was well-armed for this experiment.
I started by cutting a circle and blending together Broken China and Crushed Olives. Then I used Artploration's Retro-circle stencil and misted it with water. After about a minute, I used a paper towel to pick up the water and bingo - the pattern appeared.
Then I used circle framelits to cut the original circle into three, discarding (to my bits box) the inner circle. That's all adhered to a stitched rectangle, which is raised up on the white card base.
I like the effect created here. In the photo, it almost looks a bit bokeh - something else I'm going to have a play with soon. Isn't that one of the great things with crafts: there's always something new to try out.
I'm also linking this post to Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge, since my lovely Artplorations stencil is the hero of the piece. :-)
Card: Whisper White, watercolour paper
Ink: Distress Inks Crushed Olives, Broken China; water, Black
Stencil: Artploration Retro Circles
Stamp: Clearly Besotted Say it in Style
Dies: Circle framelits, SSS Stitched Rectangles.