Friday, 1 May 2015

Bokeh Loch

     This month at the House Of Cards we would like you to use the Bokeh technique. I have used a tutorial by Tracy Heaton which you can find here. The effect this technique gives is like looking at water in sunshine through a camera lens, that gorgeous dappled light that dances about.
     I chose to use blues as if looking out over a loch and watching the birds fly past. The effect shows up a little better on brighter colours but I think you can still see it here quite well.
     To begin with I masked a piece of white card so I had a border all around the edge, then using Distress inks I made patches of colour within the masking tape. Then, following Tracy's instructions, I added circles of varying sizes using Adirondack Snowcap white ink all over the blue area.
     Once dry I removed the masking tape and stamped the tree and birds from Sheena Douglass's Sheltering Tree set and embossed in black. To finish off I mounted the image panel on a white 7x5 card blank that has had the edges coloured with Distress Ink Black Soot. I shall add a greeting on the bottom left corner when I have decided why and who to send it to.
     Please take a look at all The DT cards, there is a wealth of inspiration at the House Of Cards to get you started.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
Retro Rubber - Use An Old Stamp (had this one for ages, first outing)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes


  1. This effect is perfect for your background and this lovely scene. Both a silhouett feel and a litle stampscape feel. Love them both.

    Fun to see what you other girls have made.

    Ma (✿*‿*) HOC DT

  2. Gorgeous scene Rocky, I would not of thought of using the Bokeh technique this way and it is so stunning, awesome! Donna T. HOC DT

  3. Hi Rocky! Your card is AMAZING! It makes me think of being out by a quiet lake. I could sit and look at this all day, but I won't because I have a ton to do =)
    Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Toadally Love To Craft {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  4. Stunning card! Love the Bokeh technique and how it is set off with black images. Thank you for joining us at RRBC!

  5. This has a beautiful bokeh effect - -so subtle and lovely! It looks perfect against the geese, like sun spots in the sky! Love it!
    Take care!
    HOC DT teamie

  6. Amazing Bokeh in blue you made Rocky looks so soft and so calm down to see that image on your card..lovely silhouette you have here...with that black frame it looks like a Photo in a frame
    GREAT DT CARD dear Rocky
    see you soon on my Blog teamie..
    HOC DT Teamie

  7. Beautiful CAS card, love it! Thanks for playing with us at Retro Rubber this week. Cx DT

  8. Rocky, this is BRILLIANT! I adore the gorgeous bokeh sky you created, the fabulous clean design, and the use of silhouette stamping! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  9. Hi Rocky
    Love the subtle bokeh effect you have created. A real change from the bolder colours.
    Have a great weekend.
    Ang x

  10. Very pretty! Love how you used the bokeh technique to look like clouds!! I might just have to play along with you now. Thanks for playing along with the Retro Rubber challenge this week.

  11. A beautiful scene. Looks so peaceful. Thanks for doing the RR challenge!

  12. Hi Rocky! Love this effect with the silhouettes! Very gorgeous card! Have a great day!

  13. Stunning card... love the Bokeh effect. Quiet and serene scene... definitely frame-able! Thanks for sharing this with RRBC this week. Hope to see you often and I hope to visit your challenge also!

  14. Great idea to mask the area ff for you bokeh technique. t really makes it pop against the silhouette of the birds and trees.

  15. this turned out fab! The masking is a cool idea.

    HOC DT Teamie

  16. This is stunning! I cannot stop looking at it! A beautiful scene that looks like you painted it! Thanks for joining us at Retro Rubber!

  17. Lovely card Rocky, that background is fab!
    Lorry :o) xx

  18. This is so elegant! I love that tree in the fore ground! So pretty! :) Big Hugs-Katy HOC Teammate

  19. Oh Rocky, this is gorgeous. It is so serene and reminds me of a beautiful lake scene. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

  20. Love that tree on the side -wonderful bokeh - so perfect as a sky1

  21. Rocky, your Bokeh sky is stunning! It looks fabulous with the silhouettes!!
    Rosi x


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