How to create the Bokeh technique

Technique Junkies, Sunflowers and Dragonflies, Bokeh technique 11 Hello folks!  Today I’m sharing the Bokeh technique with you.  After receiving attention and questions when I posted this card, I decided to post this tutorial for you.

The stamp that I used is from Technique Junkies and is called Vintage Floral Collage.  Isn’t it a pretty stamp?

This technique requires drying times.  Personally, I let mine air dry but you can use a heat gun to dry your layers.  Drying is important to prevent a big mess in your Craft White ink, and allows for a crisp black stamped image.  On that note, let’s start, shall we…

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Supplies:  Sticky notes, hole punches, White Craft ink pad, Distress inks (or any ink pads), black ink, sponges, (optional — heat gun), white card stock plus a scrap piece of white card stock to use to punch your holes.

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This is an optional step.  When I do the Bokeh technique, I like to have crisp white edges on my card.  To do this, place sticky notes around the edges of your cardstock, as seen in the photo.

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Sponge ink onto your card stock.

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Continue to sponge colour onto your card stock until it is completely covered.  Let dry naturally, or use a heat gun, to prevent your white Craft pad from becoming muddled with ink.

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Punch two to three circles on your scrap card stock.

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Lay your hole over your inked card stock and with a sponge, rub white Craft ink onto your card stock.

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Continue adding white circles until you are satisfied.  Be sure to overhang some of your circles so that you are sponging on the sticky note, so they show a partial image once you take your sticky notes off.  You can see examples of this in the upper left corner, and if you look closely, you will see more of this done on my card stock.

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Air dry or use a heat gun to set your Craft ink.

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Once your background is dry, stamp out your image.

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Take off the sticky notes to reveal nice white edging.  Now you can complete your card as desired, or just leave it as is.

I hope I inspired you to try this wonderful technique.  I’ll be watching out for your cards on the TJ Yahoo group.

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Posted on : Jun 21 2016
Posted under Technique Junkies Stamps, Tutorials |

8 People have left comments on this post

Jun 21, 2016 - 09:06:07
Kathy Stacy said:

Love this technique – I made my mask out of transparency so I can reuse over and over!

Jun 21, 2016 - 11:06:50
Myrna said:

What a pretty card!!
Beth, if anything gets me moving to do a card this should be it. Going to be laid up for awhile so probably won’t get to it but hopefully in the future.
Myrna

Jun 22, 2016 - 12:06:56

Wonderful tute! XOXO

Jun 22, 2016 - 04:06:13
pam said:

Gorgeous card Beth! love the colours you have used with those stamps.
Thanks for the how too.
Pam x

Jun 22, 2016 - 04:06:40
Patti J. said:

Love this technique – need to remember to use it! Beautiful end result, too – what a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

Jun 24, 2016 - 10:06:49
Marisa Job said:

This is a great technique!! Love it! Have a great weekend!

Jun 25, 2016 - 10:06:52
Heidi said:

I think I like your version of this technque better than many others I have seen, because of the large types of images you use. I just think it looks so much better with these. I may have to see if I can try it again. Tfs

Jun 27, 2016 - 03:06:15
Julie said:

Brilliant tutorial, will definatley have to give this a try. Thank you xx


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