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Bokeh… What Is That?

Hello everyone! Today, I thought I would talk about a Bokeh technique. You may or may not know what it is. I knew what it was visually but didn’t know the correct terminology for it. So, Bokeh is defined by Wikipedia as “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light”. It is the beautiful orbs of light that are out of focus in pictures and backgrounds. I think that it is a really cool effect and thought I would try it for the card I have for you today.


I know others have done this type of background but I didn’t read anything going into this and played around with what I thought would work. I really like the results I received.

I started with a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock. I have foam circle stamps in my stash that I never really used before but they ended up being perfect for this. If you don’t have anything like that, you can easily cut some fun foam with circle dies and adhere them to an acrylic block with temporary tape. I used white pigment ink to stamp the circles onto the cardstock. I did dry it with my heat gun to ensure that it was COMPLETELY dry before moving to next step. When the first set of circles were dry (which by the way is very hard to see white on white), I blended Distress Oxides in Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Cracked Pistachio onto the background. The white pigment ink actually resists the ink in a way. I did have to use a baby wipe to make sure the “orbs” appeared a little more bold. I repeated adding the white circles and ink blending, then wiped the panel again. That was it!


When the background was completely dry, I used my powder tool to cover the panel. I added the sentiment “everyone agreed” from the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) “Amazing” in Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I did the same for the smaller sentiment on 3 different cardstocks in matching colors to the background. I cut out different sections to produce the sentiment and set aside.

I stamped all of the circles in the SSS set “Amazing” with SSS clear ink and heat embossed with Sterling embossing powder. I added a small amount of foam tape to the back of the sentiment strips and added them under the main sentiment.


For some added interest and bokeh-ness (that’s a word right?), I applied Nuvo drops in Simply White , Periwinkle, and Aquatic Mist. The finished panel was applied with liquid glue to a heavy weight A2 size white card base.

I loved using this technique and I can’t wait to make some more backgrounds with it. I really think that it goes fantastically with the stamps in this set. With a different choice of colors, this could easily be turned into a masculine card.

I hope you all have a fantastic day and thanks for stopping by my blog!



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