Bokeh Stamping Ink

Hi everyone,

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, I am going to share a Bokeh stamping card I made using a very old Archival inkpad which is almost close to “retiring” until I found a good use to it.

Using a white thick cardstock, I adhered washi tape around it to form a border before starting to blend the background.

I soaked up a thick paintbrush with water and wet the cardstock.  Using Distress Markers Mowed Lawn and Picked Raspberry, I applied the color on my acrylic block.  I picked up these distress markers colors with a wet paint brush and randomly apply the color all over my wet cardstock.  The color will spread and blend in the most natural way as the card stock is wet.  It gives a very nice and natural blending effect, blurry and dreamy!

I couldn’t wait and so, I quickly dried up my cardstock with my heat tool.

I stamped the sentiment using Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords clear stamp inked with Versafine Olympia Green Pigment Ink, and heat set it again to make sure the sentiment doesn’t smudge when I do the blending of the circles.

While most videos demonstrate the bokeh stamping using acetate clear film as stencil, I decided to be a little more economical by using transparency that is usually used for slide projector.

I cut out three different sized circles and used these as my stencils for the bokeh stamping.

I have been having this Archival Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad (Moonlight White) for about 7 years now.  The white isn’t that opaque and the ink pad is also starting to dry out.  I decided to try out this ink pad and it turned out perfect!  Using a blending sponge, I dab it over the circle stencils I made.

I did a lighter blending for the biggest circle and did more blending of the white ink for the smaller circle.

It gives a very light effect where you can see the blended background while the white is still prominent enough to be seen.

Finally, I used wink of stella and outlined the sentiment and added a little sequin using Ranger Glossy Accent to adhere to the card.

When all these were done, I adhered the tag over a white cardbase using foam tape.

I hope you like this card.  Do try out the Bokeh stamping technique, it’s really a lovely background effect.

Tools and Supplies

  • Paper Smooches M1S204 Bold Buzzwords clear stamp
  • Distress Marker Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn
  • Archival Brilliance Pigment Ink Pad (Moonlight White)
  • Versafine Olympia Green Pigment Ink
  • Wink of Stella
  • Ranger Glossy Accent
  • Sequins


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