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We are a team of card-makers from the UK, mainland Europe and India who'll try to inspire and encourage you to make some wonderful cards.
Every Friday at about 10am UK time, one of our design team will post a new dare/challenge, along with our creations to get you inspired.
So go on, give it a try - we dare you!
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Friday, June 19, 2015
Yes, it's supposed to be blurry ...
Hello lovely blog readers and
Thank you for sharing your
bright creations with us.
It’s Friday again and here’s
our new challenge.
A few weeks ago I, Miri, stumbled
across the bokeh technique and I think it makes perfect hand made backgrounds
or focal points on cards.
In photography, bokeh (Originally /ˈboʊkɛ/,/ˈboʊkeɪ/BOH-kay — also
sometimes pronounced as /ˈboʊkə/BOH-kə,Japanese: [boke]) is the
aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image
produced by a lens. […]Bokeh is often most visible around small background
highlights, such as specular reflections and light sources, which is why it is
often associated with such areas. However,
bokeh is not limited to highlights; blur occurs in all out-of-focus regions of
After watching a few tutorials I gave it a try and found out that the bokeh
technique is much easier as it looks like and the results are great … even at
the first try. And all you need is a white inkpad or white acrylic
paint or bleach (or even a light coloured ink pad such as a very
I dare you to use the bokeh
technique on your cards!
Be inspired by the creative ways the Design Team members came up with or
watch some online tutorials.
This tutorial is quite easy and you only need a few coloured ink pads.
For the tutorial here and here you need coloured ink pads AND a white ink pad.
The crafty lady in this tutorial uses water colours and a white ink pad. But as you can see in the videos above you can easily create the background with ink pads too.
We would love to inspire you
to try out something new and see your blurry creations!