Bokeh Effect Card Background at Jennifer Grace Creates

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

  • Linda Reilly

    fantastic,and loved video xx

    May 16, 2015 at 12:46 pm
  • 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!!!

    May 16, 2015 at 12:57 pm
  • Jackie Edwards

    Love your card!! Never heard of bokeh before….might have to give it a go!!!!!

    May 16, 2015 at 1:31 pm
  • I also have never tried this effect, but it sounds like it could be fun!

    May 16, 2015 at 3:42 pm
  • 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!

    May 16, 2015 at 6:09 pm
  • What a clever idea, so simple yet stunning
    Jo xx

    May 16, 2015 at 6:18 pm
  • Frances

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

    May 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm
  • Annie

    Beautiful card Jennifer, I must try this effect, you make it look so easy! :o)

    May 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm
  • sarah

    This looks great on your card! I’ll watch the video next week when I’ve got a bit more time!

    May 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm
  • another fantastic card. The effect you’ve created looks fantastic x

    May 16, 2015 at 10:41 pm
  • Janet

    Wow that is awesome!! Giving this a try later today!!

    May 17, 2015 at 10:45 am
  • LeAnne S

    The bokeh effect makes a great background.

    May 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm
  • Such a happy card!

    May 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm
  • Emily

    This is a really cute card! I love the background.

    May 17, 2015 at 9:48 pm
  • Mrs Duck

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

    May 17, 2015 at 10:16 pm
  • What a lovely background. Covering up mistakes is something I often have to do….never thought of using sequins though!

    May 18, 2015 at 11:55 am
  • 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!

    May 18, 2015 at 10:13 pm
  • Totally fabulous! LOVE the way you created the sentiment panel–it totally POPS! Thank for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! 🙂 Mynn xx

    May 19, 2015 at 3:49 am
  • Gorgeous card Jennifer, I love the colorful background and the added sequins! Thanks so much for joining us at HOC this month!
    Tammy x

    May 19, 2015 at 3:21 pm
  • 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.

    May 21, 2015 at 6:39 am
  • Wow….stunning card! Love the background and the gold of the sentiment panel!! Wonderful work.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

    May 22, 2015 at 12:54 am
  • I think that is so pretty! I sometimes (hit and miss) can get that effect with my camera…by accident! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist @

    May 25, 2015 at 2:55 am
  • 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

    May 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm

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