An Out-Of-Focus Bokeh Card Background + Process Video!

(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!

That’s exactly how I found the House Of Cards Challenge Blog – their CURRENT CHALLENGE is to create a bokeh effect card background. Here’s my finished card:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

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:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

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:

Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

Where the sentiment stands out nicely as the only ‘in-focus’ part of the image!

Be Inspired:

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).

House Of Cards Challenge and the Challenge To Be Inspired

I’ll see you again at 1pm!

Jennifer x

23 thoughts on “An Out-Of-Focus Bokeh Card Background + Process Video!”

  1. oH MY!!! Love this ‘bokeh’ effect!! And your video is tremendiously helpful in showing how to achieve this! So easy to follow and understand!
    Love love love!!!


  2. that bokeh effect is pretty good I have to admit and would love to have a go at this technique too. Always think of you when I see sequins and used some of the ones you gave me today!


  3. Still don’t understand this technique as it relates to the camera but loved watching your video how to and card making process. Thanks.


  4. Hi Jennifer
    Great bokeh effect and great way to do the sentiment.
    Thanks for joining in at House of Cards.
    Best wishes


  5. Gorgeous card- and I never think of using design paper to create these effects onto. Not only does make the card quicker to make, but give the card a polished finish.

    i will remember this technique, thank you!


  6. Totally fabulous! LOVE the way you created the sentiment panel–it totally POPS! Thank for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx


  7. Gorgeous card Jennifer, I love the colorful background and the added sequins! Thanks so much for joining us at HOC this month!
    Tammy x


  8. the sentiment suits this card perfectly as it is a fun, bright and happy card! great job of creating your bokeh background! thank you so much for playing with us at house of cards.


  9. Wow….stunning card! Love the background and the gold of the sentiment panel!! Wonderful work.
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com


  10. I’m back to say although i missed your deadline i tried out your bokeh effect (posted today on blog)…and not only that it inspired me to go on and create many more backgrounds. thanks Jennifer x


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