In case you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘bokeh’, it’s a photographic term for an aesthetically pleasing blur you get when the background is out of focus. Bokeh is from the Japanese word ‘boke’ meaning ‘blur’ or ‘haze’ and as far as I can ascertain, it is pronounced “bo-kay”. However, I may be wrong but, irrespective of how you pronounce it, it’s a fun technique to try out.
To begin, choose 3 complimentary ink colours and, using sponge daubers or sponge pieces, smoosh ink onto cardstock in random places gradually blending the colours together at the edges. Leave to dry.
Next, you’ll need to make a bokeh stencil. Cut a selection of circle sizes out of a sheet of acetate or glossy card. You will need a pigment ink for the circles so that they show up on the coloured background.
Using a clean sponge dauber, apply the white ink in circles, moving the holes around the background and overlapping other circles in places. Leave to dry.
The last part is to use your unique background to create a beautiful card. I used gold embossing powder and the hot air balloons from the recently retired Lift Me Up set to finish my card.
I enjoyed the inking process so I decided to try out another in purples and yellow. What I discovered in making this one into a card is that you can’t stamp silhouettes on it with Memento ink as it dries to a dirty grey colour. Black Stazon works though, as you can see from my little experiment; S=Stazon, M=Memento.
As this inking disaster had ruined my bokeh panel, I cut off the offending half and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with silver embossed dandelions on the remaining half of the panel.
If you can’t be bothered with any of the above, you can use the Bokeh Dots background stamp. These stamps are a little tricky to ink as if there’s too much ink on the stamp, it loses the effect. Applying the ink using a brayer worked better for me.
Whilst I had the stamp set out, I decided to use the other stamp in the set too, which is a starburst/firework kind of effect.
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