I am torn on calling this a mistletoe snowflake card...because the bokeh effect is so understated that is might be just snow blobs and a few snowflakes. Ha!
I am completely fascinated with the bokeh effect...especially recreating it for paper crafts. When I saw this card, I started working on my own version. Let it be said, I love Julia Stainton's version. I wish it were mine! This is what I came up with.
I have a short 5 minute video showing how I put it together:
Basically it is lots of small, medium, and large vellum circles glued on top of a glittered mistletoe cut out, with a few vellum snowflakes thrown in. I used Glossy Accents to glue everything down...and yes, the glue does show through the vellum. I think, in this case, that the glue showing through adds to the effect. I thought a lot about it...and finally decided that if it was good enough for Julia, it was good enough for me! I think it adds one more layer of dots and circles.
I also place everything where I want it, and then go back to glue it down. The most indispensable tool for this process...the Silhouette Pick-Me-Up. The sticky end makes picking up each circle long enough to put a dot of glue down a piece of cake.
And then the freak out happens! "Why are the vellum circles curling? It's ruined! All that work! Ruined!"
Relax. The vellum will curl when the adhesive is wet (just like paper)...and when it dries, everything goes back to beautiful. (Whew!). Walk away and let it be. Everything will be alright! (I am using cardstock weight vellum).
If I have any kits left over from the upcoming craft fair, you'll be the first to know!
How is your Christmas crafting coming along?
I have kits available in my Etsy store (DCPapercraft) at this link. If you are local to me (Knoxville), just message me!