Totally Techniques: Bokeh

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Welcome to the Totally Techniques International Design Team blog hop!  I am Lynsay Mahon, from Edmonton, Canada, and you have just arrived here from the talented Barbara Meyer from Austria

This month we are focusing on a technique called “Bokeh.”  The basics of the Bokeh technique are:

  1. Use a sponge or sponge dauber to apply colour to the background cardstock.  I like to use a combination of 2 coordinating colours.
  2. Create a mask using a variety of circle punches.  This will provide a number of different sized circles to work with.
  3. Layer the mask over the inked cardstock.  Use a Sponge Dauber to apply Whisper White Craft Ink through the circles of the mask.
  4. Use a heat tool to dry the ink, then reapply the mask in a different spot to overlap the circles.  Repeat the application of Whisper White Craft Ink and allow to dry.

I started with the traditional bokeh look to create this card:

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I love the texture that the circles give the background!

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For my second project, I wanted to try a different approach to this technique.  Instead of using circles to create the background, I used the cloud mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I wanted to create a feel of the sky during sunset:

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I know it’s not traditional bokeh, but it does give a really cool look of the sun shimmering off the clouds.

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Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog hop – we have a talented group of demonstrators from around the world sharing their version of this technique!  Keep hopping by clicking the links below:


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 1. Annette Elias(The Netherlands)
2. Kelly Acheson(USA)
3. Zoe Tant(UK)
4. Shannean Moncrieff(Australia)
5. Barbara Meyer (Austria)
Lynsay Mahon(Canada)
Nadine Weiner(Germany)
Satomi Wellard(Japan)
Marine Wiplier(France)

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6 thoughts on “Totally Techniques: Bokeh

  1. Oh yes, I really love the fact you used the clouds to make your second Bokeh project. Such a great combination with the decoration and text!!! Beautiful and very clever!


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