Bokeh is such a fun technique. It’s a mess when you start off and you think it’s going to look awful until you get to the end and then you see the cool effect. It’s actually a photography technique. The official definition is “the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens.” Or in other words, a bunch of blurry lights. It is also a big trend in card making right now.
This is one of the cards we’re going to make tomorrow at our Coffee and Cards class tomorrow using the Big Day stamp set from the Sale-A-Bration catalog. This is such a great birthday set.
Start by putting a mixture of colors randomly on a piece of white cardstock. This can be done by either water-coloring it on or sponging it. I didn’t have much luck with water color so this one is sponged. Whichever way you choose, be sure to pick colors that won’t turn to brown or gray if you overlap them. Not a good look. 🙂
Then with craft Whisper White ink and a sponge dauber, you start adding circles in varying shades of intensity. I used a stencil I created myself to make this easier. You can create your own by punching several sizes of circles out of a sheet of acetate. If you’re coming to class tomorrow, I’ve got one made for you. Here’s mine after several uses. Tip: mark which side is up so you don’t get ink on your card in unwanted areas.
Once you’ve tried this, don’t limit yourself to circles. I’ve seen some great cards made with other shapes such as hearts and circles. You’ll want to use a bold image or sentiment stamp, or put your image on a separate piece of paper, because smaller line images will get lost in the design.
There are lots of video tutorials out there, but if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. I hope you give it a go – it’s so easy and I think you’ll really like the results.