Bokeh Inspiration

From the pages of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking came the Moxie Fab Bokeh challenge.

To be honest, before being asked to design this card I had NO IDEA what Bokeh even was. I’d seen it of course. Hard not to these days but I had no idea if even had a name.

Wintery Bokeh Joy Card by Julia Stainton

If you’re not sure what bokeh is, is a lens flare type look found in photography and videography and the name for it comes from a Japanese word meaning blur. Pinterest is full of amazing bokeh inspiration here. The creative challenge came in taking a photographic technique and turning it into a paper crafting technique. Since vellum softens a design and bokeh is usually a circle of light, I tried punching circles out of vellum to replicate the look. It makes for a beautiful wintery design. Iridescent sequins also bring to mind a bokeh effect with the reflected light. The branches were a Silhouette file that I cut on my Cameo.

bokeh vellum holiday card Julia Stainton

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful creative day!


I’ve also used 5/8″ and 7/8″ circle punches on this design.

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  1. Gabi Benson says

    I never heard the word before…you and your card brought me a need word in my live :-) , the photos that I found after that at Pinterest are awesome…and your card is so beautiful…you found the right way for paper to explain the word bokeh. Thanks for sharing!


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