Bokeh technique with Best Day Ever


I tried my hand at the bokeh technique (pronounced BOH-kay ) which is actually a photography technique but works beautifully with stamping, too.  Creating a beautiful background, I wanted to keep the overall card really simple, so adding a sentiment is about all that’s necessary.  Here I used Best Day Ever, a 2015 Sale-A-Bration stamp set that you can get free with a qualifying purchase.  Here’s how you’ll create this pretty background:

  • Cut a template out of scrap cardstock using Circle Framelits and the Big Shot.  You could also use various circle punches – just pick a few different sizes.  Here’s what my template looked like for this card:

circle template for bokeh

  • Using Watercolor Paper, various stamp pads and an Aqua Painter, color randomly, blending lightest color to darkest and overlapping in some places.  I used Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Perfect Plum and Blackberry Bliss.
  • Dry thoroughly before the next step.  If you want to move on, use the Heat Tool on dry setting No. 1 to hurry it along.
  • Use your circle template and apply Whisper White Craft Ink with a Sponge Dauber over the watercolored paper.  Pick different sizes and overlap them.


  • To complete my card, I stamped “Best Day Ever” onto Vellum Cardstock using Stazon Black Ink.  In order to attach the Vellum Cardstock to my card and not have adhesive show through, I used Mini Silver Brads.
  • I added a simple Pool Party cardstock flower punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack flower.  The center is a Rhinestone colored in with a Melon Mambo Blendabilities.  Yes, they’re not just for coloring in your images – you can color pearls, rhinestones and buttons with them, too.


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