(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
One way I like to focus my crafting is to enter an online challenge, especially when I have a card to make. If I need some inspiration I would first of all check out some challenges I have entered before – The Runway Inspired Challenge, The Card Concept Challenge, and the Seize The Birthday Challenge are a few I love right now. But if none of their current challenges appeal to me I will head to Google to search for another – I type in ‘card challenge’ and then click on ‘search tools’, and I change the ‘any time’ option to ‘past week’. Then I’m more likely to find a challenge which is still open!
In case you don’t know, here’s a definition for bokeh: ‘it’s the the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image, especially as rendered by a particular lens’. So it’s not just when you have a blurry background – it’s when a blurry background has a good effect like overlapping circles or hexagons.
I made mine the same way as suggested on the House Of Cards blog – by using a circles stencil and a white ink pad. I also used a circular stamp:
You can see how I put my card together in this video (which can also be viewed on YouTube HERE):
The sheet of paper I inked onto is from the Webster’s Pages Dream In Colour collection – it’s called ‘Drifting’. But you could always paint your own watercolour effect background to apply your bokeh to!
It makes for a nice dreamy card:
Where the sentiment stands out nicely as the only ‘in-focus’ part of the image!
Make a bokeh effect background with stamps or a stencil
Cover up a mistake or two with some sequins
Use a cut-apart or 3×4 card as a sentiment or title
What do you think of the bokeh effect? Now I just need to learn how to do this with my camera too!
If you do make a bokeh effect card background, then make sure you link it up to the House Of Cards Challenge (open until the end of the month) as well as my Challenge To Be Inspired (open until Sunday 24th May – NOW CLOSED).
I’ll see you again at 1pm!