[Long Post. be forewarned!]
So I definitely wont be the first or last to this bokeh-effect inked backgrounds party, but I cant resist joining in the fun. After watching tutorials on youtube by HeroArts, the very awesome Yana Smakula and others, I thought Id give it a go.
As I experimented, I realized there are SO many ways the bokeh effect can be played around with. I’m sharing the 4 I got done with last night and some instructions on how to go about making them.
The first is done following instructions by Yana from her youtube channel [her blogpost on bokeh effect backgrounds: http://www.yanasmakula.com/?p=45080]
I love how the stamped circles interact with each other. My version works with a diy stencil instead of a stamp set and with dye inks instead of the pigment inks. I do have one Colorbox Silver pigment ink and that came in useful. The transluscent cream-white circles are done using a Faber-Castell gelato stick.
The dye inks used here are my brand new pads from Simon Says Stamp. I LOVE these inks. Have used Stone, Mint, and Steel Blue.
The next was a style im most comfortable with- a distress ink-blended background in 2,3 colors and the bokeh-ing done on top of that.
I LOVE the subtle bokeh and the bright happy colors here. The areas looking pink here are a lot more coral when seen live.
I did think of adding a few white sequins to finish this off, but I then chose to keep this as it is.
Final look was a bit of a lets-see-how-this-develops kind of a card base that I actually really liked seeing coming together. It started with distress ink smooshing [step by step pictures below] and once I was happy with the background I then did the bokeh stenciling in the same colors and in white on selected areas. The undone area became room for a simple diecut and heat embossed sentiment. I quite like how it looks now. What do you say?
And now for the instructional part. I don’t know if I’ll be able to do justice but here goes:
I’ll be showing you the steps for this ink-blended one
- 220gm thick white card
- Card Base: Top folding. Measures 4.25 x 6.5″ when folded
- Card Front: 4.25×6.5″
- Distress Inks. I used Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed.
- Faber Castell gelato in white and the stick dauber that comes with their kit
- White Embossing Powder and Heat Embossing supplies
- A circle stencil. I made my own.
Start by taping on your card front to your space. I use a repositionable double sided tape. Keep your ink-blending tools ready. Always fun to have more than one. I initially wanted to add a bit of mint, but later decided not to.
Now, in quick circular motion begin the blending from one corner. I tend to go in diagnol sections. I usually ink up 3 or for areas first and then blend the remaining. Here however, I went from the bottom to the top in one go.
Now for the bokeh bit.
I make my own stencil using heavy cardstock and punching out 1″ and 2″ circles.
so very simply, ill be smooshing some of the white gelato onto my background through the stencil.
and then blending it in with the dauber. one finger tip works just as well. circular movements.
and here’s how it looks!
continue with this until you are happy. Vary between the 2″ and 1″ circles. I tend to keep the larger circle on the corners and the smaller ones scattered throughout.
Also for variation in the colors, I like going in with the inks and making some of the circles in the inks used. This allows for some layered play and makes it even more bokeh-ish. 🙂
Now, the colors will fade a little as they dry but not too much depending on the card stock used.
I then heat emboss a sentiment on
Now, as you probably know, both the gelato and distress inks are water-based pigments. So a water related accident could ruin this card front. I like to spray on a layer of lacquer. It also finishes it off rather well with a near picture-printed look.
I wanted to keep the background the focus of this card and so have left it plain, but you could always add some sequins to dress it up.
Hope you like the process and that you have a go at this yourself too. Enjoy. 🙂
Happy Crafting xx