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Vintage Spring Blossoms - House of Cards

Welcome to my post for this month's House of Cards challenge: Bokeh. Have you tried the Bokeh technique before? Well, I knew the technique but had not tried it yet. This technique imitates a photography effect that plays with light. I hope you get a chance to visit the House of Cards blog to see all the different samples that will be shared starting today and of course to join the challenge with your take on the Bokeh theme. 

I want to apologize for the pictures because it is raining and I had to take them in my craft room. The card looks prettier in "real life" but you can sure see well the Bokeh background. I used earthy tones for the background, because I wanted to make a vintage card.

Something basic to have for this technique is a circle stencil, at least that makes the process way easier. I used a homemade stencil with different sizes of circles created for me by my friend Sue (here) and applied four colors of ink with a sponge dauber. I used Distress Inks and white pigment ink in the end. I tried to apply the same tones of inks in different intensities and also sprayed water to soften and blend the colors.

I completed my card with flowers, die cuts, a few embellishments and a beautiful sentiment. I hope you enjoyed seeing today's post. Thanks so much for your kind visit! If you have any questions feel free to send them in and please don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter because I will be sharing giveaways and tutorials soon!

See you next time!


  1. Gracie, this is fabulous with all the different colors, and your card design if beautiful, I always look forward to seeing your flowers! Donna T. HOC DT

  2. This is just lovely. So soft looking.

    HOC DT Teamie

  3. Beautiful bokeh effect! I love your pretty color combination! Great card!
    Take Care,
    HOC DT teamie

  4. Gorgeous Gracie! Excellent job with the Bokeh and great colour choices! Love your flowers, so stunning! hugs :)

  5. How beautiful, Gracie, and I love your Bokeh background...stunning! And what beautiful flowers with your lovely array of dies! Stunning card, sweet friend! I am never disappointed! Hugs!

  6. Gracie woooowww wooooww
    I love the add of that flower
    and your Bokeh effect is perfect
    love the choice of colors you did
    Adorable DT card
    see you soon on my Blog my teamie
    HOC DT Teamie

  7. Absolutely gorgeous! I am going to have to try Bokeh. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. This is stunning, Gracie!!! I LOVE the colors you used, and those flowers are AMAZING! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  9. Aww, your bokeh is fantastic, Gracie!!! Love the colors and the way you made your card!
    Hugs, Rosi - HOC DT

  10. Gracie your cards are always so gorgeous! Love your soft Bokeh effect for your background with the stunning yellow gold colors! Have a great day!

  11. I love the soft earth tone colors of this wonderfully vintage bokeh card!

  12. Lovely card, great background and the colour combo is just fab!
    Lorry :o) xx

  13. Gorgeous!! I love those flowers and the background. Perfect! :) Big Hugs-Katy HOC Teammate

  14. You always have the most beautiful embellishments on your cards! Hugs, Cornelia - HOC Teammate

  15. Beautiful card Gracie! Love the pretty flowers and the background colors!

  16. As always, Gracie, your card is gorgeous, and I love how you used different colors for your background. It goes so beautifully with your embellishments. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT

  17. So gorgeous!! Love the dimensional flowers and your bokeh background looks so amazing with them!! Love this design! Thanks for sharing! HUGS :)

  18. Oh fabulous card, loving
    the Bokeh background!
    Carla from Utah

  19. I love the Bokeh technic and your card is so beautiful with the naturally colours.
    Greetings Gundi

  20. So pretty, love your details!

  21. STUNNING card girl! You just amaze me!


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