By Card Making & Scrapbooking Contributor
Bokeh is most often found in photography and as crafters we have found a way to include it in our projects. It is the technique of creating a blur to bring attention to a particular area and helps to make it visually appealing. This technique has become popular to use on cards and scrapbook pages.
You can use a small circle punch to create smaller circles.
The backgrounds can be created using your favorite medium such as watercolors, colored pencils, ink or gelatos. Here the gelatos were the chosen medium. Start by adding the color to the piece of card stock and then blending it with your finger, a barely damp baby wipe, a paint brush and water or blending stump. Remember to be careful when blending them so you don’t wrinkle the paper or warp it especially if using water on it.
Once you have the background blended the way you prefer it, lay the template onto the card stock and use a dauber and white ink pad to fill in the circles. Make sure to move the template around and even lay it half on and half off of the paper to create the affect. Do some circles lighter than others for a more opaque look. The ink may look a little different in color until it dries, but that is to be expected.
Press the end of a pencil onto the ink pad and then onto the project to create some small circles that are of a darker white so that it stands out.
Once the ink has dried, notice how much darker they are and how they stand out more? This is what you are looking for at this point in the technique.
Now, create the card base from a piece of card stock. For a different look, create a 5” x 7” base and then trim off ½” from one side. Add a piece of 5” x 7” of patterned paper (Best Of by K & Company) onto the inside of the card using a tape runner. Also, cut a background piece to go behind the piece you just created and adhere it behind it for a layered look.
Stamp the “hello” using a stamp in black ink to finish the card off.
This simple technique adds a whole new look to your cards and layouts. It’s a great way to add depth to an otherwise flat looking project and makes it more visually appealing. The next time you need something to “pop” use the Bokeh technique to do it.