Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Beautiful Bokeh!

Happy October!!  I don't know where September went, but I sure am glad October is here!  This is my very favourite month of the year.  With the new month comes a new challenge over at The Technique Twist.  This one is brand new to me.  Called Bokeh, this stamping technique attempts to mimic the effect photographers get when they experiment with capturing the natural reflection of light.  I did a little research online and found this image that really caught my eye...

I love that it was clear this is a Christmas Tree, but the only visible detail is the twinkling lights.  I decided to try to capture this look in my design:

Bokeh Christmas tree with sentiment from Greetings of the Season (128033)
Isn't that cool??  I love this look!!  Here's a closer look:

I can't wait to show to my monthly techniques group this week.  Here is how I achieved this look...it's easier than you might think!
  • Starting with a 3-7/8" square piece of watercolour paper, I sponged Midnight Muse ink all over it.  I then spritzed it all over with water and let it dry completely (you can use your heat tool to speed this along).
  • Then, using the clean eraser end of a brand new pencil, I stamped using Silver Metallic Encore ink.  The key to this is stamping repeatedly with just one inking.  That gives the illusion of depth.  You also want to be sure to overlap the circles and don't be too precise.  This really is a quick and easy look to achieve.
Here is a look at how I finished the inside of this card:

Inside view with images and sentiment from Evergreen (127973)
I stamped the solid tree in Midnight Muse and then the Silent Night text over top in Silver Metallic Encore ink. 
Be sure to check out  the other Design Team members' projects...they are gorgeous!  Then give this technique a try...it is such fun!  Be sure link up to our challenge so we can see what you come up with.  Need more inspiration?  Be sure to stop by tomorrow...I'll have another take on this rather addictive technique :)


  1. TFS this cool new technique Leena!! It sounds so easy and I can't wait to try it!

  2. Leena you really captured that photography technique on this card. Love it!!

  3. This is stunning. What a beautiful card!


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