Bokeh Background Stamp or Do It Yourself


Hello again stamper! I’m back again today to talk about the Bokeh technique, which is one of my favourites. Bokeh is actually from the Japanese, meaning ‘to blur’. It’s also a photography technique, where the lens is manipulated to make the points of light out of focus, so they appear blurred. With the latest release, now you can either use the Bokeh background stamp, or do it yourself!


The stamp set is actually called Bokeh Dots (#148113 clear or #148110 wood), and contains the bokeh image, and a starburst image. The Bokeh Dots stamps is one in the line of DistINKtive Stamps. This means that the stamp is created in such a way that it picks up & lays down the ink at different opacities, which is perfect for this technique.

Here’s a sample of a card I created using the Bokeh background, with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set.

Bokeh Background Stamp or Do It Yourself

Although the background looks like I used 2 colours of ink, it’s just the effect from the stamp. Only Sahara Sand ink was used.


Before Stampin’ Up! came out with this stamp, we used good ol’ fashioned ingenuity to create the Bokeh technique! All you needed was a few supplies, a couple of different ink colours, and some cardstock.

First, start by creating a template of different circle sizes. Cut a panel of Window Sheet, then use the 1/2″, 1″ and 1 1/4″ Circle Punches to punch circles from the Window Sheet. This will be a good, reusable template that you can simply wipe clean after use.

Choose 2 colours of ink pads; in the first sample, I used Blackberry Bliss and retired Lost Lagoon. You can replace the Lost Lagoon with Balmy Blue. Create a background by sponging these 2 colours onto Whisper White cardstock with Sponge Daubers. Next, use your Window Sheet template with White Craft Ink and another Sponge Dauber, to add white circles over the sponged background. Apply the ink in a light, circling/swirling motion. Heavier application will be more ‘solid’ dots of light; lighter application will appear more ‘blurred’. Continue to apply the circles randomly; mixing sizes and overlapping some for more interest.

Here’s what it will look like.

Bokeh Background Stamp or Do It Yourself

It’s fun when you change up the colours you use – you can get a whole different feeling!

Bokeh Background Stamp or Do It Yourself

This one uses Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party ink.


Bokeh Background Stamp or Do It Yourself

And this is what the finished card looks like. You can see that I kept the front very simple with the small sentiments, some ribbon and pearls. After all that work to create the background, you want to show it off!


So – whether you decide to use the stamp, or create the Bokeh background yourself, you’ll love the end results! The one upside of doing it yourself is that you have more control over the size of your background, plus the different size of bokeh dots you want. (okay – I guess that was 2 upsides!)  However you want to create – and if you’re like me, you can see an upside to using both the stamp, and the do it yourself technique – you can purchase the supplies you need, in my online store! Just click the product images below – my store is open 24/7, for your shopping convenience! I appreciate all orders – they all help me continue blogging, stamping, creating and sharing with you!


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I've always liked to create things, but I'm not a great artist, or sculptor, or any type of 'traditional' artist - but I love to create! I love the satisfaction of a completed project. Whether a card, painting or other project - as long as it can create a smile, evoke a feeling, or some type of reaction in the recipient. I hope you will enjoy sharing my creations, and occasional ramblings; I'd enjoy having you create with me! :)

4 thoughts on “Bokeh Background Stamp or Do It Yourself

    1. So glad you like the Bokeh cards, and I hope the instructions are helpful, Buffy (though I know you know how to do this already!) 🙂

    1. I’m glad to hear that my directions for the bokeh technique make sense, Susan! Am I the only one who misses Lost Lagoon? Though Balmy Blue is a nice replacement 🙂

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