Creating a Bokeh Effect

Leah joins us today to show how to create the Bokeh background effect. Bokeh is an effect used in photography but we can mimic it using the Chameleon pens.


By Leah Cornelius

Chameleon Pens used: Warm Sunset (YO3), Spring Meadow (YG3), Crimson Red (RD4), Aqua Marine (BG4),

My first step was to stamp my floral image onto white cardstock and build my bokeh background. I used YG3 and BG4. I charged the YG3 pen for 10 seconds and then colored a circle varying the size and placement. Using BG4 I did the same thing, charging for 10 seconds and creating circles. In places I overlapped them and made a few slightly darker by charging the pen for only 8 seconds.


Once my background was done I began coloring the flowers. I used YO3 for the center charging for 5 seconds. The stems were colored using YG3 at full strength. For the bud I used YO3, charging for 5 seconds and then going over it with RD4, charging it for 5 seconds. I then began the flowers charging the RD4 pen for 10 seconds at a time, gradually building up my petals. Where the shadows would be I added pure color and blended out by re-charging the pen for 5 seconds.


Here is my completed focal panel.


I wanted to carry the bokeh effect to the base mat of the card but use slightly larger circles. To get the placement correct I very lightly traced my focal panel in pencil onto my base panel.


I then began creating circles using the same process as before. I used YG3 and BG4 charging for 8 to 10 seconds, varying sizes and placement until my perimeter was filled in.


Now it’s time assemble our card! I cut a couple of additional mats for my card to give it a finished, full look, stamped a sentiment and chose a few embellishments.


The Chameleon pens are very versatile in their application and I so enjoyed creating both projects. Thank you so much for joining me today!

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