Sunday, 13 March 2016

Number of Years - Bokeh card

Here's another card I made for a friend's niece's 1st birthday request. I have also entered this card in this weeks Global Design Project #26 - Sketch Challenge.  The sketch really helped to make this card design.

Being a Birthday themed card I have used the balloon thinlit die and polka dot image  from "Celebrate Today" stamp set. I have white heat embossed the polka dot pattern on vellum. I then wanted to carry this pattern of circles through but in an artsy way. I've seen so many examples on Pinterest with Bokeh and looks so beautiful that I wanted to give it a go.

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".

The base layer has been watercoloured (ink wash) with Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight  till the right soft haze was achieved leaving a few dark areas for accents on watercolour paper. I then made a stencil using the circle framelits in varying sizes on acetate/window sheet to create the circles for the bokeh effect. I used Stampin' Up! Whisper White pigment ink to apply the circles. 

To create the bokeh effect use varying intensity when inking the circles. Start with the biggest circle and sponge the pigment ink very lightly so it's transparent. As the circles get smaller you then progressively add more ink to get the intensity. Always work with odd numbers as it's more pleasing and seems more random. It's good to overlap them and place them randomly too to create the bokeh effect. The smaller circles have been done using the sponge dauber with the most ink applied. Just leave it to dry as pigment ink takes a while to dry, otherwise you'll end up smudging it.

The colour theme for this card was pink and used the blushing bride glimmer paper for the 1. I used the Number of Years bundle to create the 1 thinlit die cut and the sentiment "Look Who's Turning".  Silver sequins was added for additional highlights. Inside the card I primarily used the Celebrate Today balloons and images to create a pleasing layout of balloons. One balloon is left blank to write a personal message.

I hope you like this cards and give the Bokeh effect a try - it's such a beautiful effect. This card looks better in real person, I could only capture its essence on camera. If you have any further questions or would like help to order these products I used, please send me a message. You get more saving when you purchase the stamp set as a bundle and with every purchase over $90 you qualify for a FREE product in Sale-A-Bration. 

Please take a look at the wonderful entries over at Global Design Project and join in the fun. 

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. Happy crafting! :) 

Products used:

Number of Years Photopolymer Bundle | 140811 | Price$85.75


Celebrate Today Photopolymer Bundle | 138869 | Price$62.75

 Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper | 140550 | Price$8.75

It's My Party Designer Series Paper Stack | 140552 | Price$45.25


  1. As usual Juana, your project has yanked me out of my chair. The colours are divine, as is the technique. Your card inner is so gorgeous it deserves a card front by itself! Thanks so much for joining us at Global Design Project again this week.

    1. Thank you so much Paula for your beautiful compliments. Bokeh effect does wonders to the play of light and colour. Yes true, but I couldn't resist but overdecorate the inside too as this was a commissioned work lol :)

  2. Such a fun card - the colors you've used are amazing together. Thank you so much for playing along with this week's Global Design Project Sketch Challenge.

    1. Thank you so much Brian, you always leave such wonderful compliments, it's just makes my day. It's always a pleasure to play along and share our creations with Global Design Project. :)

  3. Oh my gosh. I love the all the bubbles and balloons and layers of much fun and perfect technique. I can't stop looking at the bokeh and vellum! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Global Design Project.

    1. Thank you so much Shawn for your lovely compliments. Bokeh effect is very mesmerizing and it works so well with these Balloons. The transparency of vellum just adds to the effect. It's always a pleasure to share with such a great event. :)


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