Where y'at? How's your momma and dem? I’m writing you from the second row of a mini-van as the fam rolls down the highway, toward today’s destination of New Orleans. (Waving “hi!” to NOLA native Lexi Daly) We are stopping in NOLA for the evening to eat the best food in the world and stroll around Bourbon Street before grabbing a few hours of shut-eye. I imagine the evening may involve the consumption of a beverage or two, as well. Then, on Saturday morning, we’ll hit Café Du Monde for some coffee & beignets, then we’re on the road again until we arrive at our destination on Florida’s Emerald Coast. Let the good times roll!
Speaking of good times, it’s Sneak Peek day for Your Next Stamp’s June Release. I’m going to give you a look-see at the new Whatnot Sentiments Five set. As you’ve probably seen, big swirly sentiments are in papercrafting vogue right now. Whatnot Sentiments Five has the basics covered for you in one sweet set. I love it, and know it’s going to be one of those go-to sets for a good long while.
This year’s graduation season cleaned me completely out of congratulatory cards, thus my first impulse when I got this awesome set in my hand was to replenish my stash. I also wanted to try my hand at the Bokeh technique I’ve been seeing on Pinterest. I think I likey…
I’d write you up a nifty tutorial, but as I mentioned, I’m on the road. I did take some pictures of the process, but I’m pretty sure they are still stuck on my phone. I know, I know – fat lot of good they’re doing you there. Just go to Pinterest or Google Bokeh Technique, and you’ll find several YouTube videos that can probably explain the whole process better than I can, anyway. Here’s what I can tell you from my experience:
- You’ll need watercolor paper. If you can’t find yours after a move in which you’ve only unpacked half of your stuff, WalMart does carry some watercolor paper, if you live in a small town with no other hobby stores from which to purchase it.
- It’s kind of a messy technique. While I love trying new techniques, I know myself well enough to know that if they’re kind of a bother (as the messy ones usually are), I probably won’t want to do it again anytime in the near future. Thus, I usually plan on making a set (i.e. at least three) of such cards. Knowing this ahead of time will save a little sanity as you won’t be kicking yourself for going to all this trouble for one measly background. Here’s my trio of Bokeh Congrats cards – stash replenished!
Alrighty, peeps. That’s all I’ve got for you today. I’ll be back tomorrow, though, for the YNS June Release Blog Hop. I’ll also give you an update/lowdown on our hours in New Orleans.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!