Sunday, 28 August 2016


Like most card makers I have an abundance of craft supplies which don't get much use, such as my Distress Inks. I saw in a magazine recently a tutorial of Bokeh. I couldn't believe how simple this technique is! So I pulled out my neglected inks and gave it a go. To say that I was overjoyed with the results is an understatement! Its such a fun technique and a great way to add colour to any CAS background.


Card ingredients include:

Stamps: Kaszazz Baby Elephant & various sentiments
Papers:  Watercolour paper, cardstock
Dies: Miscellaneous magazine freebie large butterfly, Dies R Us Butterflies
Distress Ink: Pink cards: Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
                     Blue/Green cards: Green Moss, Stormy Sky, Broken China
Other: Twine, sequins, rhinestones, Circle Stencil, Frost White Colorbox Chalk Ink



- Press the 3 colours you are going to work with on a craft sheet and spritz with water. Spray the watercolour card and smoosh into the craft mat. Lift and rotate card to pick up different colours. When happy with it, set aside to dry.

- Place a circle stencil over the dried coloured watercolour paper and sponge white ink inside the circles. Reposition the stencil and repeat, overlapping some circles for the bokeh effect. If you do not have a circle stencil, use various sized circle dies and some plastic film to create your own stencil. Build up the strength of the circles to be slightly darker than others.

- That's it, it's that simple! Finish card as desired.


  1. Wow awesome cards n beautiful background colour superbly made

  2. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at the challenge of Inky Chicks. DT Veronique

  3. Well that's another technique you've not just nailed, but kicked it right out the park! Love this bokeh effect and you've done it to perfection Alicia! Love it to bits hun! Hugs, Wends xoxo

  4. I hadn't heard of this technique before, but I instantly fell in love with it after seeing your cards. Gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your cards and the technique at Tuesday Throwdown challenge!

  5. How pretty and love the darling elephant for a cute baby card. The twine just sets it off perfectly. Thanks for joining us at HOC this month. Shirley H.

  6. Totally fabulous bokeh background and I love the cute little elephant. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  7. These are delightful and you certainly seem to have mastered the bokeh technique to perfection here. Beautiful examples and I'm so thrilled to see you played along at AAA Cards too. Thanks so much. Sarah

  8. Very beautiful! You have mastered this technique and I wouldn't have know that it was so new to you! Love the colors and the twine! Great layouts that show off that bokah! Thanks for playing along with us at House of Cards!

  9. Son unos preciosos Sets de tarjetas... me encantan los colores y los motivos tan delicados y adorables! Gracias por participar en HOC. Enjoy!Paula.

  10. A wonderful card. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage challenge. Good luck!!

  11. AWWWAH so sweet TFS Unicorn Ch Lis Dt

  12. Beautiful collection of cards!
    Thank you for joining our Challenge at the House of Cards. Ruza, HOC-Designer
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  13. a beautiful selection of cards and thanks for sharing with us at crafty catz this week

  14. Oh these are just fabulous! What a great technique. Thank you for playing along at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  15. Beautiful project with an awesome design! Thanks so much for sharing with us in the House of Cards "Use Twine and/or Colors" challenge!
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  16. Thank you for sharing your talents with us over at Crafty Catz. Your creation is stunning. It is just perfect for our challenge. Hugs Nina

  17. Wow, those backgrounds are gorgeous! I'll have to give this technique a try sometime :)

  18. I love your bokeh background! Thanks for the inspiration. :D