Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Happy Wednesday!

Nope, I haven't made up a new language with the title of my post, I'm jumping on the band wagon & trending here again on the blog today, this time having a go at the Bokeh trend that's been popping up in the paper crafting community.

The term Bokeh pronounce BOH-KE comes from the Japanese word boke, which means the blur or haze. Bokeh has been around & can be seen a lot in photography. By definition bokeh is the blur, or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out of focus areas of an image. The way the lens renders out of focus points of light. 
Source Wikipedia

Below are a couple of examples of bokeh in photography...

Ok, so now you know a bit more about bokeh, how does this relate to paper crafting, I hear you ask..? Well, obviously it's about translating the concept of the 'blur' or 'haze' into a project and this is my first interpretation...

I started this card out on a piece of scrap paper sketching out my layout before stamping onto my crisp white card base! 

I then used the 3 solid individual stamps from Background Builders: Lattice, I  inked each of the stamps and stamped them off onto scrap paper before stamping onto the card two times before re-inking & repeating the process with each of the three colours. Stamping the ink off before stamping onto your card base creates a 'blurred' or 'hazed' type effect which is what we want! 

Below is a close up of the detail...

Now comes the fussy stage of this card, the stamping, paper piecing & glittering of the 2 linear individual stamps contained in the set! Some are adhered to the card flat & some using foam adhesive for extra dimension & ease of layering.

This card has some serious sparkle in real life! I enjoyed having a go at this technique and will deco be revisiting it at some point! 

I used the current The Play Date Cafe challenge colours again for my card seen HERE and below.

There's still time to join in on the Uniko Studio DT Blog Hop HERE & be in the chance of winning the featured set, be sure to comment by midnight tonight! (GMT Time). I'll announce the winner on the blog & FB on Friday! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Card Stock: WPlus9. PTI Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz. SU! Lucky Limeade
Ink: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Raspberry Fizz. SU! Lucky Limeade
Stamps: Uniko Studio Background Builders: Lattice, Label Love: Birthday
Accessories: Foam Adhesive. Hero Arts Prisma Glitter.


  1. Ooh, great interpretation of bokeh Beverley! Your individual lattice images lend themselves perfectly to this technique, and the use of glitter is such an inspired touch!!

  2. This looks lovely, what a great effect, love how you had used something totally different as your inspiration


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