I had been wanting to give the Bokeh technique a try for a while, and used the flowers and trees theme from my card swap group as my inspiration. The term Bokeh comes from the Japanese word for blur – boke- and is used in photography to describe the process whereby lenses are used to create out of focus points of light . In stamping, this white light effect is often created by sponging white ink in different intensities to form a background pattern. Here’s the card I came up with.
I started by blending my background colours onto a whisper white card front using sponge daubers in rich razzleberry, daffodil delight, tempting turquoise, pear pizzazz and bermuda bay ink. Next I cut various sized circles using my layering circle framelits dies, from a window sheet to create a template.
Using whisper white craft ink, I sponged inside the circles, carefully moving the template over the card front until the white circles produced the beautiful effect pictured above.
Finally I took my tree and flowers image stamps from the gorgeous In the meadow stamp set and stamped them in black ink across my panel. Though I did this in memento black ink, I would try using black stazon ink next time to achieve a crisper, black image.
To finish, I stamped my sentiment from Bunch of Blossoms and mounted my card front onto a basic black mat and finally to a pear pizzazz card base. Overall, I was pleased with my first attempt at Bokeh – simple yet so effective. Give this stunning technique a try yourself ❤️❤️❤️