Saturday 22 April 2017

CAS 219 JAI 356

I started today with two challenges in mind and somewhere along the way, they morphed into one and then separated again. So in this one post are two cards with a shared genesis but for two challenges. Variations on a theme, I guess.

The two challenges that I started from were the colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches

and the rather intriguing challenge at Just Add Ink...

I'd always liked the look of bokeh backgrounds but had never experimented with making one before. So last night, instead of watching the rugby, I played around with bokeh using Mint Macaron and Old Olive and that happened because I was thinking about the circles from the JAI challenge.

While making up the dragonflies for the Colours and Sketches card, I realised how good the background looked with gold - so that lead to a second card using metallics for the JAI challenge. 

Here they are. For the CAS Colours and Sketches colour challenge....

The dragonflies are stacked to give some height. I've stamped over them using the wing pattern from the large dragonfly stamp then given them a coat of clear Wink of Stella.

For the JAI Choose Two challenge, using circles and metallics...

I played around with giving the dragonfly layers but in the end, decided that plain gold worked best with the colours of the background, making it light and airy and playful.

And here they are together, fraternal twins...

And just like children, hard to pick a favourite!

Ingredients for CAS Colours and Sketches card
Card: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla
Stamps: Dragonfly Dreams, Big on Birthdays
Inks: Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Tip Top Taupe, White pigment ink
Other: Detailed Dragonfly thinlits, Metallic Enamel Shapes, clear Wink of Stella

Ingredients for JAI Choose Two card
As above, except for no Wink of Stella
Gold foil paper, Gold metallic thread, versamark, gold embossing powder, dimensionals


  1. Both your cards are gorgeous and I love the use of the bokeh backgrounds the colours really work well for both challenges. Thanks for joining us this week at CC&S!

  2. Both are gorgeous Jan. They have such a dreamy feel and clever way to incorporate your chosen two! Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

  3. Love both of your cards and the bokeh background is just perfect for the dragonflies. Thanks for joining us on this weeks CC&S challenge.

  4. Both lovely cards - I really love the back grounds you have created. I think the background highlights the metallic dragonfly really well. Chantell Just Add Ink

  5. The bokeh makes a lovely, dreamy background for your dragonflies! Thanks so much for sharing your artwork with us at CC&S! :)

  6. Wonderful card. The bokeh background is beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at CC&S!

  7. Wow - beautiful, Jan! The backgrounds you've created are gorgeous, and the metallic touches perfect. Thanks for joining in the fun at Just Add Ink this week.

  8. Beautiful cards Jan and wonderful use of the challenge colours, such a soft background for the lovely dragonflies. Thanks so much for joining in at CC&S this week. Hugs Bev x

  9. Fun cards, Jan! You used your die cuts so well. Thanks for playing along with our color challenge at CC&S. Hugs, Cathy

  10. That is such a clever way to incorporate circles, Jan. The beautifully soft & pretty background works so well with the gold dragonfly. Beautiful! Glad you played along at JAI again. Di :)

  11. Super cool bokeh backgrounds! I love the colors you've used here. I can't decide which one I like better!