Here's another card that uses the Dandelion Wishes stamp set and the same gorgeous colours as the monochromatic, whimsical thank you cards.  This time I used Coastal Cabana and Highland Heather ink to create a lovely bokeh background and stamped the dandelion images as a silhouette over the top.  Bokeh, also known as "Boke", is a photography term that describes the way the camera lens renders out-of-focus points of light, leaving a visually appealing image with soft background highlights.

Dandelion Wishes Bokeh Card

Stamps: Dandelion Wishes (wood: 146744, clear: 146747).  Ink: Coastal Cabana (147097), Highland Heather (147103), Whisper White (147277), Jet Black StazOn (101406).  Card/Paper: Whisper White Thick (144238), Whisper White (106549), Silver Foil (132178), Shimmery White (121717), Window Sheet (142314).  Accessories: Black 3/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon (147897).  Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (143263), Corrugated 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (148026), 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), 1" Circle Punch (119868), 1-1/4" Circle Punch (119861), Aqua Painter (103954), Stamping Sponges (141337), Mini Glue Dots (103683)Stampin' Dimensionals (104430).

Dandelion Wishes Stamp Set
Dandelion Wishes Wood-Mount Stamp Set (146744) - $59.00
Dandelion Wishes Clear-Mount Stamp Set (146747) - $42.00

To create this lovely, soft background using the Bokeh Technique I started with a piece of Shimmery White card stock...

  1. Sponge ink in patches all over the Shimmery White card stock, or
    Lay down a generous layer of water across the Shimmery White card stock with an Aqua Painter and add a watercolour wash of ink all over.
  2. Create a mask by punching a piece of Window Sheet with a variety of circle punches (I used the 3/4", 1", and 1-1/4" Circle Punches).
  3. Sponge Whisper White Craft ink through the mask, moving it a couple of times so the circles overlap and play across the card.
  4. Stamp images and words from the Dandelion Wishes stamp set in Jet Black StazOn ink.

Dandelion Wishes Bokeh Card

The bokeh effect really is stunning with the Dandelion Wishes stamp set!  And check out the lovely little finishing touches... the fabulous corrugated embossing on the card base and the sparkly Black Organdy Ribbon bow.  I love these two products from the Holiday Catalogue as they can be used all year round!

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