How To: Circle & Shaped Bokeh

How To: Circle & Shaped Bokeh

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The bokeh look is one that many crafters really admire when it’s seen in a project. But, when it comes to actually creating the look, many look-away because they just don’t know where to start. Let’s demystify this technique and have you creating blurred backgrounds in no time!

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supplies for circle & shaped bokeh

You don’t need much to achieve great results. In fact, you don’t need anything special! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.

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steps to create circle & shaped bokeh

  1. Add various nesting circle or other shaped dies on a piece of heavy 6×6 (or any size) cardstock and diecut to create a bokeh stencil.
  2. Optionally, cut extra stencils with the smaller circles for more targeted use later in the technique.
  3. Place the large stencil over a selected background panel.
  4. Using white pigment ink and a foam blender apply the ink lightly over the stencil. The background should still be visible.
  5. Remove the stencil and use the blender to soften the edges of the circles.
  6. Rotate and/or shift the stencil and repeat the process, creating overlapping soft circles in the background.
  7. To create more defined circles in the foreground, use the smaller circles from the stencil (or a separate stencil) to add in more defined circles without any edge blending.


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