At my stamp club meeting last month, I promised the group we’d have a fun project that features a technique that’s really hot right now – bokeh. They’d not heard of it, and I made the promise before I’d even completed a project with it. (for future reference: that’s not a good idea) After a couple of mishaps, here’s the card we made:
Bokeh is a technique in photography that describes the appearance of blurry lights in an unfocused photo. You see this technique used with city streets at night and Christmas trees around the holidays. Whether these spots look like lights, they sure are pretty.
Here’s What I Did
As I sat down to make my bokeh card, I was pretty sure I knew what to do – and failed miserably. All the ink ran together, the circles weren’t spaced like I wanted them, and everything was so light that I had to hold the card at an angle to even see that an technique was being showcased. I searched online and found a great video tutorial on Dawn Griffith’s site that helped me make the card I promised (you can see it here). Here’s a rundown of how I finished this card:
- I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock – I originally got all smart and tried it with Shimmery White, but it didn’t work for me. Make the piece a little bit larger than you want (more on that later).
- I sponged a random pattern of Rich Razzleberry and Strawberry Slush across the background of the Whisper White piece. Use two or three colors that will stand out against the white that will be applied on top.
- I created a template with a Window Sheet and the four smallest circles in the Circles Collection Framelits – punches don’t cut through the acetate sheets very well.
- With a sponge dauber, I sponged the circles on top of the sponged card front with Whisper White Craft Ink – random circles in varying depths – some with more white than others. They are going to get messy, but that’s A-OK. You can dry the circles by patting them with a paper towel or with a heat gun.
- I added a couple more “specks” with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.
- When you sponge the cardstock, the edges of the card will appear darker – and if you use a post-it note to hold your cardstock down, that part will remain un-inked. To remove the effect of both, I trimmed the edges a bit. (I told you there was a reason to cut it a little bigger). 🙂
- I mounted it and added a sentiment on top.
- I smiled and shared with my group.
Here’s What They Did
Here are some photos of our meeting at Marti’s house:
You can’t see it here, but Aunt Deb is using my “patented” squinting technique to see where she’ll want to place her sentiment (she owes me three nickels):
They were all so happy to share their finished cards – meet Marti, Melanie, Rene, Deb and Selina (Becky was on vacation):
Stamp Sets: Painted Petals, Gorgeous Grunge Papers: Rich Razzleberry, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White Inks: Rich Razzleberry, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White Craft Ink Accessories: 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Window Sheets, Circles Collection Framelits, Stampin’ Sponges, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll give this technique a try – it’s wonderfully fun and amazingly beautiful. Thanks for stopping by today!
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