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Friday, May 1, 2015

May Challenge: Bokeh Effect

Hi, all!  It's time for another new monthly challenge here at House of Cards!  We loved all the beautiful creations from last month and we cannot wait to see what you do with this month's challenge which is....


To create a card with Bokeh effect.

I wanted to have a video on how to create this effect, but my computer kept crashing. :(

This is why you'll see three cards from me this month. ;)

So...you get a written tutorial today and movies, tips, and more from other DT gals later this month!

Here's a "How To" if you've never done this before.~

Supplies needed for watercolor background version:
Watercolor paper
Desired ink colors/watercolors
Watercolor pen
White craft ink
Circle stencil
Dauber
Permanent black ink (to stamp sentiment)

Supplies needed for sponged background version~
Ink
Blending tool
Glimmer Mist (optional)
White craft ink
Circle stencil
Dauber
Permanent black ink (to stamp sentiment)

  1. Create you background by either watercoloring or sponging your background.  If you sponge/blend your background, consider then spritzing it with Glimmer Mist. Let it dry completely.  You can also use a heat tool to shorten this step.
  2. Using your circle stencil, the white craft ink, and the dauber, sponge white circles onto your background in a random way.  You can vary the intensity of the white ink to add more interest, too.  Be careful to not smear the ink as you sponge.  Let the ink dry completely.
  3. Stamp the sentiment onto your bokeh panel using permanent black ink.  Add your panel to your card and embellish it as desired.


Here are some inspirational cards from challenge owner Mynn~

Using a watercolor background.

Using a sponged background.

Using a sponged background.

And check out the other DT members for more inspiration~


The DT cards will be showcased here throughout the month every Monday!

Thanks for popping over today, friends!  Come back on Monday for MORE inspiration from this very talented Design Team!  We hope you join in the fun, too--please check out our House Rules HERE before linking up!  HUGS and happy stamping to you all!  Can't wait to see your creations!

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8 comments:

Donna said...

Mynn these are all gorgeous and achieve such different looks, that is what is so fun about this technique. This has been the most fun and inspiring blog hop, I am amazed at all the design teams cards and how different they all are! Donna T. HOC DT

Barbara Rankin said...

Three beautiful cards. Love how you used different techniques to achieve the look. TFS

Michele Henderson said...

Wow, Mynn, these are beautiful! I love the pretty effects you've achieved! Very nice!

Graciellie Design said...

Love your soft bokeh backgrounds Mynn! Very inspiring samples. Hugs, Gracie.

Ruthich said...

Oooh a very new technique for me - I shall get on with the blog hop to see it in more detail. Cards are beautiful and I love water colouring :)

Sue B said...

Wow these are all gorgeous! Love the pretty backgrounds you've created.. it looks a fab technique! :-)
Hope you have a lovely weekend!
Big hugs, Sue B xx

sue t. said...

Mynn- your cards are amazing!! love all of them!

sue t. said...

Mynn- your cards are amazing!! love all of them!