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.


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.


  1. This is absolutely STUNNING Julia! I’m bookmarking this one for sure!

  2. Oh, Julia… this is beautiful. I love working with vellum and those circles and snowflakes look amazing!

  3. What a beautiful creative take on bokeh! LOVE.

  4. Gorgeous, gorgeous card!

  5. Julia, this is absolutely STUNNING. Seriously. I just saw it on Pinterest, pinned by the lovely Susan Opel, and I literally GASPED when I saw it! You are amazing!!! :)

  6. I agree-it’s stunning! I love it!!

  7. Absolutely love this!

  8. This is magical, what a wonderful look you created!

  9. Stunning! I pinned this immediately and plan my own rendition. I also created a board with bokeh inspiration. Thanks!!

  10. Relly lozano says:

    This card is stunning! Love this card!

  11. 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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