Bokeh Word Christmas Tree

Hi Everyone,

Barb here to share a technique with you today called Bokeh.  It's a Japanese term which means blur or haze and is used in photography.  Here is an example of what I mean:

Here's what you need to get started: craft sheet, different sizes of circle dies, I used Spellbinders 
circles LG and I only used the 3 smallest ones plus 2 small punches 3/4 and 1/2 in. Clear plastic
to cut a stencil, cutting machine, inks in 3 to 5 shades of the same color family I used ColorBox pigmant inks, finger daubers to apply ink in circles and tape to mask.

The first step to cut your stencil with the dies and punches.
I chose to make 5 sizes.  Try to work in odd numbers. Keep the circles spread
apart when you cut them out as shown above.

Next, stamp tree with VersaFine ink and emboss 
with silver embossing powder on white cardstock.

Now its time to start adding the circles.  Starting with the largest circle and your lightest
color tape down the image and the stencil and add 5 light blue circles using your finger
dauber to color in each circle and leave some white space. See below.

Here's how that first color should look. 5 circles.

Wipe stencil off between colors and start with the next smallest circle
in the next color.  Work colors lightest to darkest. Work Circles largest to smallest.
It should look like this example. 2nd color, 5 circles.

3rd color, 7 circles

4th color, 7 circles 

With the smallest circle I stenciled some silver. Always
working in odd numbers. 5th color, 9 circles.

Lastly here is my finished card.  I decided to add some white ink dots
with a finger dauber to tone the darker colors a bit. Also you can take a 
tissue when dry and go over your image to remove some ink if you like.  I did.
I love this technique!  I hope you will give it a try.  

Allsorts challenge #281- embossing
Scrapping4Fun challenge #28- Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #105- Anything Goes w/ribbon or trim
Allways Something Creative challenge #85- Main subject Text 
Craft-room challenge - Make your own background

Happy Stamping!


  1. what a fun technique...I'd not seen it before! Thanks for sharing it on the PPRS blog! :)

  2. Great technique Barb and pretty finished result.

    Thank so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge this week.

    In case you didn’t know, we have some great candy to be won at our sister challenge here

    B x

  3. Lovely embossing, lovely way to make the background.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts and Craft-Room Challenges;-))m

  4. Beautiful card, love what you did with the stencil.
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges!
    Rachelle DT

  5. Beautiful card and what an inspiration.
    Thanks for joining us over at HIMCR for the challenge.

  6. Fab creation. Thanks for joining Allsorts. Good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  7. Such a lovely Christmas card! I love the Boca background. Very creative! Thanks for joining us at the Craft Room.

  8. looking fab, seen a lot of these cards around, but yours is especially cool! perfect christmas card, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  9. Hi Barbara!
    Thank you so much for sharing your great card with us at Scrapping4Fun Challenges.
    Have a great Weekend.
    Hugs Sandra DT

  10. Stunning! I have never heard of this technique and you demonstrated it perfectly! Thank you SO much for joining us at the Craft-Room Challenge ~ Christi

  11. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Sentiment as main focus” challenge…
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Allways Something Creative)

  12. Love, love, LOVE!! Really, what a clever idea for a card! I absolutely adore the coloring and use of embossing!!

    Thanks for joining us this week at HIMCR!

    Hiding in My Craft Room

  13. Oh I love your card Barb. Thanks for playing with us at PTT!