Friday, May 1, 2015

House of Cards May Challenge: Bokeh technique

This month starts a new challenge at House of Cards! This month our challenge is: To create a card with Bokeh effect.  Bokeh is a term that comes from the Japanese word "boke" (prounounced bo-keh) which means fuzziness or dizziness.  This effect creates a soft dreamy effect and is often used in photography to add an airy effect, dimension, and the imagery of scattered lights.
 
 
 
 
 

I decided to make a shaker card( Butterfly Die by Design Studio) but to leave plenty of my Bokeh background showing as this technique is so stunning  you do not need much else.  I also did a second card and simply die cut "Blessings" and added 3 sequins to let the background be the focus. 
 


 I hope you will give it a try and join our challenge at House of Cards after being inspired by the design team.
 
I just looked at all the design teams posts and there are several tutorial on the "Bokeh technique" and the most amazing cards so be sure to check them out at House of Cards, follow the links or come back each Monday to see new cards displayed.

Some fun challenges:
Butterfly Shaker card:
The Pink Elephant Challenge #296
Cuttlebug Mania: Emboss Cut Create
The Mixed Media  Challenge#11: Wings

Blessings Card:
Word Art Wednesday#181: Anything Goes/Family Friendly




31 comments:

Patti J said...

Look at you go! Love that you used this die as a shaker...will be casing this idea! Beautiful cards, dear friend!

Merethe Arstein said...

Hi DonnaT. Like both your cards and the først one gave me that silhouett feel with those black butterfies and the second one i just love the colors. You know often "less is more"

Fun to see what you other girls have made.

Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT
http://majaapia.blogspot.no/

Merethe Arstein said...

A norwegian word turned up here "først" is the same as first ;)

Toni said...

these are fab! I love the butterflies and hint of gold. The second's swirl of background colors remind me of van Gogh!

Toni
HOC DT Teamie

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are both so beautiful, Donna! I still have not tried the bokeh technique yet - it's been on my list for awhile! I just love how yours turned out! I especially love the shaker card - I just never tire of shaker cards! They are so much fun! Wishing you a great weekend!

Laurie Unger said...

Awesome job with this technique!

*Vicki* said...

These are totally amazing my friend!! Really love your idea with the shaker card and butterfly!! Gorgeous take on the technique as well!! Happy weekend! ;)

Michele Henderson said...

Wow! A shaker card! Perfect! Great card and very nice bokeh look!
Take care!
Michele
HOC DT teamie

Monika Reeck said...

Donna that shaker card is beautiful
but I agree with your better you show all your bokeh effect you made by only using one sentiment on your card I love more your second card
adorable bokeh card Donna
luv them both
Hugs
Monika
HOC DT Teamie

Di said...

Lovely work Donna! I read your detail of how you made this lovely card and can't find that you did stamping, which is our theme this fortnight. Unless you stamped the bokeh effect?

Di xx

Cuttlebug Mania DT

Di said...

Sorry! I just spotted the stamped flowers :-)

Mynn Kitchen said...

Donna, these are all SO pretty! I LOVE the fabulous shaker card--perfect! Two beautiful creations! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Tammy said...

Oh, both of these are gorgeous Donna! I love how you've combined the bokeh technique with a shaker card, it's beautiful!!
Hugs, Tammy

Lisa said...

Both of your cards are absolutely gorgeous!! I love the bokeh technique!! You did a fabulous job with both of them!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Loz said...

Fabulous card Donna. I have yet to try the Bokeh technique..loz

Darnell J Knauss said...

Well done with the bokeh effect, Donna! They are both beautiful! That shaker card with the butterflies and metallic-looking ink is particularly gorgeous!! Hugs, Darnell

Daen'Ys said...

Black and gold, what a fabulous combination! Love the butterflies. Great cards, with a very nice bokeh look!
Rosi x - HOC DT

Pia S said...

The bokeh background has different areas of use, I really like simplicity of your second, but I'm a sucker for shaker cards, so I love your first one as well...

Donna Nuce said...

Hi Donna! The shaker card is amazing! Love your CAS version too! Have a great day!

sue t. said...

Both cards are awesome. I can't decide which I like best! Great job!

~*Joni said...

Donna this is such a wonderful technique! Both of your cards are so dreamy, so pretty! Thank you so much for joining in on TPE's Anything Goes challenge this week!
~*Joni TPE DT

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Two wonderful Bokeh cards, Donna! But the first one with that beautiful shimmery background is just taking my breath away!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Two wonderful Bokeh cards, Donna! But the first one with that beautiful shimmery background is just taking my breath away!

Lorraine Clinch said...

Lovely cards Donna, both backgrounds are just fab!
Lorry :o) xx

Asha said...

Such gorgeous makes, Donna. I'm still a little afraid to try bokeh...
hugs, Asha

linda said...

these are both beautifully done! i love the rich colours and how creative to add a shaker!
linda
HOC teamie

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

Oh these are so beautiful, I'm beginning to be a bokeh addict, love it.

Diane said...

Beautiful cards Donna. I love the Blessings the best. You really have mastered that technique! Great job.

Katy said...

These are both beautiful! The shaker box card is awesome and so creative! :) Big Hugs-Katy HOC Teammate

Barbara Rankin said...

Both cards are beautiful and I love the idea for the shaker card. The backgrounds are so lovely, one does not want to cover them up with too much else. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

Charlene said...

Just Gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at MMCC :-)