CAS Mix Up January Challenge - happy new year

Happy New Year, everyone!
Wishing you another healthy and crafty year!
I'm looking forward to chatting with you online in 2019! 😊

The CAS Mix Up Challenge starts the year with a wonderful challenge hosted by our very talented Designer, Nancy. Our wonderful Guest Designer for this month is Viv (Viv's Visuals).

This will be Nancy's last month to be on the CAS Mix Up Designer Team. Thank you so much for your inspiration every month, Nancy! We will miss you so much.

She chose "Bokeh" as the challenge for this month.

 Here's what I made:

Using Bokeh Technique, Die-cutting, Heat Embossing, Dry Embossing, and Stamping

Well, technically, this is too crisp and clear to call it Bokeh, so it's a Bokeh-look or faux Bokeh card. But I really liked it and it's kind of my style. It also has a new year's festive feeling, so I decided to use it as a sample card.
I was inspired to make this card by the Tissue Paper Bokeh technique demonstrated by Lindsay in the tutorial video.

I had beautiful tissue paper my former supervisor put in a gift bag for me last March. It had foil circles all over and it was so pretty that I kept it.

[How I made the card]
1.  Die-cut and punch out a lot of circles in different sizes (1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 4/3", 5/8", 1") from the foil circles, vellum, and glimmer paper.
2. Dry-embossed the front panel to add subtle texture and die-cut it with the stitched curved edge die.
3. Arranged the layout of the circles on the card base and pasted them with glue.
4. Pasted the front panels onto the card base.
5. White heat-embossed the sentiment on a black die-cut strip, and popped it up with foam squares.

Check out the challenge blog to see the amazing designs from our Guest Designer Viv, along with our Designers' cards.
I hope you'll join us for this fun challenge. The link is open until January 24.

Stamp: Teeny Tiny Wishes (Stampin' Up!)
Whisper White, Basic Black, Glimmer Paper Dazzling Diamonds (Stampin' Up!), Translucent Vellum (My Favorite Things), Gift Tissue Paper (from a friend)
Ink: VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Circle dies & Punches, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions (Stampin' Up!), Die-namics Stitched Basic Edges 2, Slanted Sentiment Strips (My Favorite Things), Embossing Powder (White - Hero Arts), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


  1. Such a crisp and beautiful card and love the shine from the circles and the softness of the vellum. Wonderful design and the dry embossing looks great x Happy New year my blog friend x

  2. This is a modern twist on Bokeh and I LOVE IT! Great work Hideko! And a great way to upcycle those beautiful shiny circles. This is so clean and crisp and beautiful! Great work, my friend! xx

  3. So clever Hideko, I'm with you on the faux bokeh, I love the clean crisp look of the card. You and CAS Mix up are a perfect match, we will miss you at CAS Christmas :)

  4. Gorgeous Clean and Crisp faux Bokeh Technique, Hideko. I loved reading all your steps and seeing a photo of the beautiful tissue paper you used for your punched out circles plus vellum and glimmer circles. Such a creative and clever CAS design, my friend. I wish we were going to be on the same DT longer, but I will still be playing along on this wonderful challenge. TFS and Hugs...Nancy

    P.S. TFS the close up of all the shine on your beauty. Happy Creative New Year....

  5. A perfect card for Happy New Year - the circles look like bubbles in champagne! Love all the colours and textures in them, and love the faux bokeh idea! You are a great addition to the CAS Mix Up DT!

  6. What a creative way to create the Bokeh Effect Hideko - and it is definitely your style - shiny and clean! A great repurpose of the tissue paper and I love the great rolling die cut out of the center to highlight your Bokeh! Welcome to the MIX team - I miss it already but look forward to stenciling on the 4th! xx

  7. Happy New Year! I adore your unique take on the challenge... This is beautiful!

  8. Just stunning. A wonderful card.
    (Thanks for having me this month. x)

  9. This is unique and special, just like you :D
    I love how you used the tissue and vellum to mimic the bokeh.
    Happy New Year to you and yours, looking forward to a year of creativity along your side xxx

  10. Happy New Year, my friend! Hideko, you have made the brightest bokeh beauty!! Those gorgeous curves are the perfect enclosure for them- good save on your tissue paper [I would have stashed it, too!] and the vellum dots? what a wonderful design factor!
    You're on your way to a fabulous crafty year!! xx

  11. All handmade Bokeh cards are technically “faux” Bokeh... so you nailed it! Beautiful design and card, Hideko! Love the curve cut out. Brilliant upcycling of that shiny tissue paper. Super start at CMU.
    Happy new year! xx

  12. Beautiful card and design, Hideko! Love all the shine and colours and how you made the bokeh. Happy New Year x

  13. I LOVE the bright circles, Hideko! The tissue was a bonus in your gift! The swoosh of the colored circles between the die cuts adds wonderful movement and a very festive look! Love the subtle embossing too. I think I'm going to have to add that embossing folder to my collection.

  14. Hideko, I think this is a brilliant take on the Bokeh technique - love your selection of sparkly circles with the vellum softening the overlays - a great card for any occasion

  15. What a gorgeous interpretation of the cue word, Hideko! And I love that you allowed just a portion of the design to show through. Genius! A very Happy New Year to you!

  16. really lovely and creative way to feature the bokeh....love the look.
    Happy New Year mf.
    x Karen

  17. A wonderful "take" on the bokeh theme.

  18. Hideko I love every detail on your card and it's very modern look. Love the tissue paper I was wondering how you achieved those gorgeous and vibrant colours. Hope you have a Happy and Healthy 2019.

  19. Your faux bokeh is magnificent, Hideko! So colorful and schparkly and festive - just perfect for Happy New Year and I love the design of your card!! Hugs, Darnell

  20. Beautiful card Hideko, great upcycling too, love those shimmery foil circles and your curved design to showcase them, Cathy x


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