Thank You Bokeh Technique

Thank You Bokeh Tech

Good Monday morning stampin’ peeps!  My monthly morning and evening classes on Saturday were fun and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone and hearing about what’s been happening with them.  I even had a couple new class attendees.  I love getting to meet new people and help them get their craft on.  Lol!  

This design is the first of five we made in class this month.  I first learned how to do this technique in a team meeting from my upline and friend Barb Brimhall.  I’ve been a little intimidated by the “Bokeh” technique.  It’s because I’m a “Type A” person and “random” is a hard thing for me to do.  Lol!  But, I put my big girl panties on and jumped in with both feet.  I love the contrast between the watercoloring, black, and white, it’s very striking.

CARD BASE:  This is my take on the cool Bokeh technique.  It starts with a Whisper White base that is 3-7/8″ x 5-1/2″ (narrow-ish).  The color combination is Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral and Crushed Curry.  Here are a few tips to achieve this bright and colorful look.  With an Aqua Painter brush get the watercolor paper pretty moist (not soaked).  Then go back with the Aqua Painter and put randon “blobs” of Melon Mambo (yes, that is a technical term  [grin]), then move onto Calypso Coral and finally filling in with Crushed Curry.  Quarter or so sized “blobs” work well for lots of color variation and don’t be shy with the amount of color.  The more color, the more drama.  After I had finished filling in the Crushed Curry I did a “swipe” over the entire piece with the Aqua painter to blend the colors just a bit more.  After the watercolor paper had dried I made a template from a Window Sheet with three different sized circles and placed in on the paper and sponged Craft White Ink into the circles with a Dauber (a medium amount, not too heavy).  I moved the template around a few times to get more circles, then with just the dauber I put darker, more solid colored small circles “randomly” about. 

FOCAL POINT:  Well, the “Bokeh” technique is technically the focal point, but in this instance we’ll go with the bow.  I used “vintage” 5/8″ Black Satin Ribbon and tied the bow and then wrapped around the Watercolor layered with Basic Black.  Then I adhered the layered piece onto the card base.  The ribbon adds a nice subtle shine to the card.

SENTIMENT:  The “Thank You” is from the Happy Happenings stamp set that was stamped with StaZon Jet Black onto Whisper White cardstock.  I die cut the “tag” shapes with the Tags & Labels Framelits set.  The Whisper White was cut from the #3 and the Basic Black was cut from the #4.  [TIP:  To get the narrow black frame around the Thank You cut the black shape in half lengthwise.  Then adhere one half the the white, then adhere the other half sliding until the reveals are the same.  You will be overlapping the black pieces.]  Finally, I tucked the sentiment behind the ribbon band.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great Monday!


  • STAMP:  Happy Happenings
  • PAPER:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor
  • INK:  StaZon-Jet Black, Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
  • ACCESSORIES:  Framelits–Tags & Labels; 5/8″ Satin Ribbon-Black


Sparkly Hugs, Carol


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