Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bokeh on my cards!

Here are a couple of cards that I created, which feature what one might call the "Bokeh" technique.

"In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/, /ˈboʊkeɪ/ BOH-kay — also sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/ BOH-kə, Japanese: [boke]) is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light". (from Wikipedia)

 This first card I used Pacifica; Pear and Lagoon ink to create a background on watercolour paper. I let it air dry, then stamped the sentiment with Crystal Blue Pigment ink, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. I took a transparency and cut circles at 1/2"; 3/4"; 1; and 1 1/4" with my Cricut. Then, I added White Daisy pigment ink, with a sponge dauber.  I randomly daubed the ink and made sure I overlapped to appear like "Bokeh". (A wee sponge dauber had some existing ink on it, so when adding the White Daisy pigment ink, it did not go on completely white. I used a different ink tool for the second card so I could get the white to look white.)

I drew an outline with my Black Journaling pen, then added Outdoor Denim Chevron Twill Ribbon. I coloured some Clear Sparkles with my Shin Han Markers, then applied them and a Pacifica cardstock mat.
For my second "Bokeh" card, I created the background with Sunset; Pear; and Hollyhock inks. I stamped the sentiment with Sunset Pigment Ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder. This time, I cut stars out of my transparency, then used those to create the "Bokeh" effect with White Daisy Pigment ink. Some of the starts seemed to disappear a wee bit too much into the background, so I decided to outline a few with my Black Journaling pen. I also used my Shin Han Markers to colour some Clear Sparkles. I used Sunset cardstock as a mat.

Stay tuned for another 2 cards with "Bokeh" techniques using hearts and dye based markers.

All supplies are Close To My Heart, unless noted.
Stamps: Glitter Glam; Big Hug
Ink: Lagoon; Pear; Pacifica; Sunset; Hollyhock
Pigment inks: White Daisy; Crystal Blue; Sunset
Markers: Shin Han Alcohol Markers; Black Journaling Pen
Cardstock: Pacifica; Sunset; White Daisy
Embellishments: Clear Sparkles; Outdoor Denim Chevron Twill Ribbon
Tools: Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge
Other: Watercolour paper; Transparency

1 comment:

  1. Both cards are wonderful, Nancy! This is a technique I need to try! I did one once but missed the essential step of the pigment white on top and it just looked "meh" so you have inspired me to try again! Hugs!


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