Bokeh Effect

What is Bokeh Effect? It is not a general term for cardmakers but it is around in many places and has a really lovely look.

It can be used for a very unique background to your cards too and the video will show you how to create this look for your self

Bokeh is more commonly associated with photography and it is a Japanese term.

It is the effect of the lens being out of focus and so producing a blurred effect on a photo that is usually in the background.

Sometimes the photographer will recreate this effect deliberately so that the main image stands out more

But we are going to use inks and blenders to get the look that can be used on cards and it is very easy to do.

For this card I have used water colours but you could use Distress Inks if you preferred.

You will also need a really good white ink but make sure that your background is dry before you started adding in the whits so as not to contaminate your white ink pad.

You will need some blenders and some acetate that you can punch or die cut with different sized holes.

Bokeh Effect

The clouds have been made with  a Spellbinders die set called Rainy Days and the sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed onto parchment

The video will show you the complete technique

Bokeh Effect Tutorial

Vary the colours you use for a different look each time and darker colours make really special male cards for the men in your life

You could also add the Bokeh effect with coloured inks too.

Add in your sentiment either by stamping on top of the panel or by cutting it out separately and adding it that way instead

Whichever way you decide to go it will look good.

I tend not to add too much to this type of card as the effect is so busy on it's own

A simple ribbon around the panels will make all the difference to your card especially if it is for a female recipient.


Here I have added the sentiment onto a tag shape and added it with foam pads underneath to raise it up 

The large satin ribbon blends with the colour scheme as do the sequins that have been dotted around the panels

This is an effect that you can have a lot of fun with and come up with your own colour schemes

Just don't be afraid to play and get the kids involved too as they are sure to have some really good ideas

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