Bokeh Technique | By Kirei


Morning all! Kirei here with my take on Sarah’s fab class on how to create a ‘bokeh’ effect which she taught at the March GoGo Getaway. So what is Bokeh?? Well… it is pronounced BOH-kay and is the quality of out-of-focus or ‘blurry’ parts of the image rendered by a camera lens! Or to put it simply it’s the pretty effects you see on a photo that look like circles of light….

This was Sarah’s lovely layout….. you can see the ‘bokeh’ effect on the circles that she used to create the pretty background.

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As I had recently purchased some more of the Ranger Distress Oxides that we had used in the class I decided to use them again to make a background and then use it to back a cut file. I used four of the Distress Oxide colours: Twisted Citron, Pickled Raspberry, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral and blended them with the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool onto a piece of white cardstock.

Then I punched two different size circles into a piece of cardstock and used this as a stencil to blend the white ink through. This then creates the circle of light effect that is ‘bokeh’. You can see this in the close up photos below…


Once I backed the cut file I mixed each of the Distress Oxides with some water so that I could add splatters around the inner and outer edges of the cut file.


To finish off I added some fussy cut flowers, ephemera and puffy stickers from the Dear Lizzy ‘Stay Colorful’ collection and a title from Amy Tangerine’s ‘Sunshine & Good Times’ collection.

Thanks for looking! See you next month with my take on Terri’s ‘Hidden Hinges’ technique…

Happy Scrapping!


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