Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Bokeh Technique

A week or so ago, I came across the Bokeh technique here using watercolor for the background. I was anxious to try it after I finished my blog hop project and a couple other odds and ends. Bad news came our way just after the blog hop, putting most of my crafting on hold. Then, just last Friday, I saw this tutorial using a sponged background. Since sponging is less messy, I decided to try it first. I pulled out my inks, sponges and a left over piece of cardstock that I previously cut various sizes of circles from.

My first attempt at the technique uses colors drawn from the Hopscotch paper pack. I made a baby card for my new little niece. I can't wait to send it!

I found it difficult to capture the true effect of the technique with the camera. here's a side view.

I tried to stamp my sentiment directly to the front of my card with less than stellar results. As Bob Ross says, "We don't make mistakes, just happy little accidents." I pulled out two white daisy circles left over from another project and covered up my "happy little accident." The circles play off of the sponged circles in the technique.

I added a silver charm from the Base & Bling Storyteller Charms Assortment. Since the Bokeh technique is the real focus of the card, the charm was just right. All of the sentiments on this card are from the Cute Koalas stamp set.

To maintain the austerity of the card, I stamped the sweet sayings at the bottom and left plenty of room for a heartfelt message.

The second card is more masculine since I needed a birthday card for my dad. I only sponged two ink colors onto the panel of the card before adding the Bokeh circles. The Glacier and Flaxen inks on this card are softer and harder to capture on camera.

I stamped the sentiment on vellum for this card and attached it with Flaxen Extra Thick Twine. I added a few Gold Sequins, but kept it simple so the Bokeh design would really shine.

The sequin on the vellum banner also hides a glue dot that holds the banner in place. I kept the inside of this card simple as well.

This technique is really fun and addicting. I encourage you to try it!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies Used:

Baby Card:
D1642 Cute Koalas
X5771 Flaxen Cardstock
X5763 Smoothie Cardstock
1385 White daisy Cardstock
Z2641 Glacier Ink
Z2642Flaxen Ink
Z2196 Smoothie Ink
Z2105 Black Ink
Z2163 White Daisy Pigment Ink
Z1959 Storyteller Charms Assortment
Pink Carnation Ribbon (retired)

Birthday Card:
C1605 Happy to Be Friends
D1635 Assorted Edges
X5771 Flaxen Cardstock
X5770 Glacier Cardstock
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
Z2641Glacier Ink
Z2642 Flaxen Ink
Z2105 Black Ink
Z2163 White Daisy Pigment Ink
Z3036 Flaxen Extra Thick Twine
Z2012 Gold Sequins Assortment
Other: Vellum


  1. Oooooh! Pretty! Something new you can teach me!

    1. Thanks, pal! You'll master the technique in no time! I'll cut an overlay for you :)

  2. I love the way this looks! Hopefully we can get together when I get back from my trip and you can show me how it's done!

    1. Yes, Donna, we do need to get together! I'll have an overlay for you too :)

  3. Those are great cards and I am going to try the Fogle-Bokeh technique this weekend!

    1. They are super FUNN to make! I can't wait to see what you create!