The Bokeh Technique using In the Meadow

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 ❤️❤️❤️


Bunch of Blossoms

Bunch of blossoms is such a pretty stamp set, and even better is that it matches the Blossom builder punch – who doesn’t love matching punches in crafting?!

I started by inking my Watercolor Wash background stamp with soft sky and stamping off at an angle at the bottom of my card.  Next I dipped my clear wink of stella glitter brush in marina mist ink, and flicked it over the background for a bit of interest.

I found that the most efficient way of using this punch is by punching straight into some scrap Cardstock to create a kind of blossom template.  I then used this template to align my stamps and mount them to an acrylic block in the same formation for efficient stamping and punching.

I wanted to make my flower pop, so I stamped my blossoms in memento black ink and coloured them in by stamping in watermelon wonder.  My leaves and stem were stamped in mint macaron with some cucumber crush for definition.  I assembled my flower and adhered key petals with dimensionals to create some depth, before silver embossing my sentiment.  Finally I brushed over the petals with clear wink of stella for a shimmery effect and finished off with some pearls. Love the clean simplicity of this card and the bold watermelon wonder against the soft background colour xx