Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Bokeh Butterfly

This last week has been more than a little challenging with a neck problem that has caused a fall and a lot of pain and pins and needles down both arms….not very conducive to card making unfortunately! However, the worst seems to be over and I could hardly wait to see if I could make a card and try out this very IN technique at the moment called "Bokeh" Originally, bokeh is a photography technique -  to do with light causing a blurring effect. In the stamping world I have seen a variety of techniques to get this effect and I chose this one by Dawn Olshefski to create a background for my card for this week's sketch for The Paper Craft Crew. Yes, it is that time again already! This week really has seem to have flown by and I do hope that you can take a moment to check out all the great cards the Team has for you this week.

Here is the sketch:

And before I show you my card, here is the background Bokeh sample I created…it gives a hint towards the card subject :-)

So can you guess the card subject?

Yes, a butterfly :-)

To create the background, I used colours as in the DSP  - Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana and some Crushed Curry - all sponged onto the card and allowed to dry before adding the white circles and creating the butterfly with the Butterfly Framelits. The greeting uses two of the stamps ( I masked them both) from the Crazy About You set and the co-ordinating Hello You word Thinlits for the "you".

Card stock: Calypso Coral, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Best Year Ever ( Saleabration)
Inks: Calypso Coral, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Craft White
Stamps: Crazy About You
Accessories: Big Shot, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack (ribbon), Butterfly Thinlit Dies, Hello You Thinlits, Large Polka Dot EF, Basic Pearls, Dimensionals

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a moment to hop over to The Paper Craft Crew and see all the great cards the Team have made to inspire you this week. And I look forward to seeing what you create with this sketch :-)

Happy stamping until next time - hopefully tomorrow :-)



  1. Very pretty. Sorry to hear about your past week! Hope you are on the mend now and feeling better each and every day. Thank yo for showing the process you used.... and a butterfly, LOL I bet one of your team members just loved it! Take care!

    1. Thanks so much Louise - Yes, am improving slowly but steadily. It's good to be able to create again! And yes, I do hope Carolyn likes this one :-)

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  3. Thank you Jan for sharing your inspiration ideas and referencing them. I can't wait to have a try this bokeh technique & watch Dawn's video! - katerina

    1. Thanks very much Katerina!This technique is a fun one and Dawn shows it well :-) I am sure you will love it when you try it too :-)

  4. This is absolutely stunning, Jan! I love that your butterfly has the colors of the dsp! Love, love, love it! Thanks for your inspiration!

    1. Thank you very much Mary - it was fun to do and worth the effort :-)