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March 08, 2013


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maria f.

Fabulous cards Betsy. I'm so on this bandwagon.


Wow, I love how you created these cards based on those inspiration photos. I think you did an amazing job incorporating the bokeh effect into your stamping.

Kimber McGray

Fabulous card Betsy!

Nancy Lempinen

Good for you spotting this new trend, it's fabulous as are your cards using this new(at least to me) technique!
Thanks for an informative post.

Anna Dineen

So creative! Thanks for the incredible inspiration. And beautiful cards, as always!

Kathy H

I've always loved that look in photography but and have only accidentally achieved it while snapping pictures (haven't tried manipulating it) And now I can do the manipulating with paper and ink!! Love, love this technique although I'm sure it's harder than it looks. I can't wait to try it.
Love all your creations Betsy!!

Lisa L. ( Lisa's Creative Niche)

wow this is amazing! I def. have to try this soon! Beautiful results and so easy!

Suzanne Russell

Thanks, Betsy! Love the photos and the technique translated to stamping. Each example is just gorgeous! I'm crazy about the gold "Hello".

Holly Saveur

LOVE LOVE This is gorgeous such a great idea..thanks for the inspiration..stunning cards!

Bonnie Krohn

Oh I love everything. And I love that I have many of these stamps. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration.

Sam Simpson (Aust)

Very nice. Well done in trying to capture the effect on cards. I think you've done a very good job or doing it.

Judy Hall

This is a great looking technique. Loved the way you took us throughout the inspiration to the interpretation. Gotta try this! Thank you!

Kim H.

Holy Cow! EVERY single card is beautiful!!! I love them all and cant wait to try this technique myself! Thanks!

Janet S

This is a great technique, looks sort of easy, going to give it a try myself. Thanks for sharing this and your beautiful cards today.


Your projects are always amazing. Even with your wonderful examples, I could never duplicate your eye and finesse. Each card is absolutely perfect. Thank you sooo much.

jan m

Great ideas Betsy! Especially like the camera card!

Luanne Ford

Totally wonderful! All your samples are great and I'm inspired to try this out! Thanks so much for teaching us bokeh!!


This is fantastic. Here I was, thinking I was going to have to employ several layers of masks to get this effect. You nailed it!

Cindy H.

Awesome cards and technique! I'm saving this newsletter as I'm really so inspired. Thank you, Betsy!

Leigh Penner

Oh, Betsy, you've done it again! These all look amazing! You are so talented!


Never heard of the Bokeh technique but I love the look. I especially love the mason jar and the cupcake! Thanks for sharing.

Julie Allen

Awesome cards, and awesome technique. I can't wait to try it!

Nancy Penir

Betsy, you're a treasure! Thank you for all the inspiration. Can't wait to try this.

Kathy C

Cute cards and will have to give them a try. Thanks!

Rhonda H

Totally cool Betsy! I going to give it a try.


Betsy, you're just AMAZINGLY talented! I had never heard of this photo technique and asked my husband (who has been an amateur photographer for almost 45 years). He showed me some examples - I asked him what was the difference between taking a photo shot that shows the image in focus but leaves the background softened. You see that a lot from card makers. I found several background papers as well as graphic digital wallpapers using this technique. Thanks Betsy for always inspiring us. I'd love to see this done on a MIM - pretty please : )

Carol R

Oh My! You certainly had fun with this bokeh technique. I LOVE all the cards you made. Thank you for inspiring us all to try something different!

Laura Bassen

I am so in love with your bokeh stamping! Each one is more fabulous than the other!

Rebecca Ednie

These cards are gorgeous! You know I'll be trying this soon! So soft and light and stampy! I love stamping off to get a lighter colour. I'm feeling like doing something ├╝ber creative. I just finished 28 table numbers and 230 wedding favours for my sisters wedding which is tomorrow so after that I'm going to play with evey cool new technique I've seen and pinned lately and just have fun! I hate multiples but it was worth it.

i recently read an article on bokeh as I am an aspiring photographer and they said it was pronounced bow ke with the ke as in kettle. Now I wonder who is right. It was from digital photography school in case you were wondering. I'd been saying it more of bow kuh. Hmmm...

Amy Rohl

Wow! This is so fun, so cool! Thanks for sharing your creative genius with us, Betsy!!


Becky Green

YOU'VE BEEN BUSY!!!!!!!!!! AND I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE EVERYTHING YOU'VE MADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) WOW!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT when you TEACH US things!!!!!!! THANK YOU BETSY!!!!!!!!! :)

AND, I HAVE TO TELL YOU!!!!!!!! I FINALLY, BOUGHT some PTI stamps AND I AM IN LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE!!!!!!!!!!! :) (Took me long enough, huh?) I've GOT TO go over to the blog... & let them know HOW PLEASED I am with them!!!!!!!!!!!!I haven't TRIED everything just yet, but what I have tried, I LOOOOOOOOOVE! AND they come all wrapped up in tissue paper, like a present! The packaging is VERY CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!! I felt like I'd received something HORRIBLY EXPENSIVE!:) THANKS BETSY for showing us just HOW VERSITILE & FUN PTI stamps are!!!!!!!! :)HAPPILY CREATING!!!!!!!!!! :)

Margie Visnick

This is just so gorgeous!! You think so creatively-thank you for the inspiration!


As I was scrolling through your cards . . . oh that's cool, oh that's fabu, oh I LOVE that, oh WOW! LOL Thanks for sharing the technique and inspiring me with your creations!

Denise E

Oh my, such awesomeness! You have done it again...that amazingly crafty brain of yours just works wonders. These are all beautiful and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

Kelly Griglione

Your creative well seems to be limitless, Betsy! I love how each time to bring something NEW and TRENDY to the table, and execute it so well. Love the different versions you've provided too, instead of just one card. Thanks for the inspiration!


Love your bokeh inspired cards! I love adding bokeh in the different photo apps!! I never thought of adding it to my cards!! Thank you for the inspiration!!


Wow, fantastic! So very creative!

Jill norwood

Betsy thanks so much for this INCREDIBLE post! I LOVE this technique and how wonderful your cards are! All truly lovely! You are so amazing and inspiring!

Karen Rose

These are great cards Betsy and I always find your posts to be so inspiring to try new things. Thanks!


Great teaching and great cards!!!! The ideas are already bouncing around in my head.

Jennifer Scull

I'm a faithful reader of your blog, but rarely leave a comment. today's post is different though and I just HAD to stop by.... these are all fabulous cards! thank you so much for showing how you did this amazing technique! just love how it has turned out! :)

Cindy Reynoso

OMG,these cards are FABULOUS!! Your creativity knows no bounds! Love your inspiration!

Michelle Liimatainen

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! You are a creative genius. I read your blog daily via e-mail. I had to come directly to your site today to tell you just how incredible I think you are. You are always so ahead of the curve and this is a perfect example!!! :)


Nice cards! I like your camera card as I think it has an effective faux bokeh look. The subtle bkgrd inking with the circles, varying in color intensity, give it a lot of dimension. TFS :)

Gloria Reynolds

All I can say is, WOW!

Lisa Dolson

Betsy, you are genius! Absolutely wonderful cards! Thank you for sharing with us.

jeni allen

oh my, i adore these!! beautiful!

Diane Oliver

oH my goodness this is gorgeous!
Love all your samples and thanks for the lesson on Bokeh!


I love this! WOW!!!


This technique is the best...subtle but oh so effective. Your cards are lovely.

Carol MJS

Incredible cards, Betsy! I adore this technique - thanks so much for sharing your step-by-step process. Can't wait to get out my inks and start playing.

Mendi Yoshikawa

What a great post! I love them all. I have always been drawn to these type of bokeh photos--I was so excited when I was able to acheive photos of my tree with this effect at Christmas. I love how each of your cards were inspired by a photo--it totally has me lookiing at photos in a new way and now I think it's one more board I need to start in pinterest. ;)


Betsy, thank you for sharing this great technique. Very forgiving, isn't it? Just goes to show how fun stamping is. Your inspiration photos are wonderful and as Mendi, above says, it makes me think about photos in a new way. Thanks!

Wendy Coffman

Amazing and inspiring!


I never new the name for the techique, but I have always admired it. And I love all of the cards. They are just really cute.

Sherry in MI

WOW! That's all I can think of to say! Your cards are this technique. I am particularly enamoured of
the "hello" card that you created....just
stunning! Thanks for the info on this new
(to me) procedure.

Janet Castle

Great 'takes' on the original!!! Wonderful cards Betsy...thanks for sharing!
Paper Hugs,

Troy Louise

These are all terrific. Thanks so much for the step by step how to. I'm definitely going to give this a try. I love your Hello card and the sweet jar. Thanks!

Sandy Kay

Betsy, these are such fun cards! Love how simple, but so pretty!

MaryAnn N

love all of these Betsy. thanks for the inspiration.


Wonderful post, Betsy! Thank you so much for sharing this technique and your fabulous cards.


I've always loved this technique in photos (though I never knew what it was called until today). So excited to try this out. Thanks for the fabulous tutorial.


Betsy, these cards are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration and sharing!


Beautiful thanks

Kathy Mc

Betsy, you knocked it out of the park on these. Love this technique and your results are fabulous!


love this!!!!

see mary stamp

Beautiful technique!

Melissa H

I am so in love with this - you are brilliant!!!

Kristy Carpenter

This is my first time to find your blog, and I am so glad I did! What fun ideas! I can't wait to return and see more creative things to try!

Billie A

Awesome cards and love how you did the different look. I love the canning jar with the dots and stars. I love all of them.

Karen hornsten

I love the darker background in the last hello card. Very striking!! Karen

Cynthia Clark

I had no idea that effect had a name. I've always loved the look. Great tutorial. Your cards are lovely.

Alice Wertz

you are aaaaaamazing, Betsy!! i am so in love with the bokeh look and your cards are gorgeous! thank you so much for sharing. hope you have a wonderful weekend! =)

Laura ODonnell

these are fantastic, Betsy!


you've totally inspired me.

Sue Aurand

So glad I didn't miss this post of "Betsy's Class"......:) Thanks so much for the inspiration and great instructional photo's! You rock!

Lisa Kind

Very cool!

Kathy H

Thank you for sharing this. You've really inspired me. I hope to get some play time in this weekend!


These are so stunning, Betsy! I love the way you incorporated the look in stamping!

Judy McMullen

Love this technique! So soft and lovely!! TFS!!!


Lovely ideas - thank you so much!

Renee VanEpps

Oh my gosh, I am BLOWN AWAY with the beauty and inspiration in this post! I really wish I was home right now and not at work!!!! Can't wait to try this :)


The TLC challenge on SC today is to make a card that appears to have a Bokeh effect. One of the gals added your link to the challenge thread. THANKS Betsy, for the tutorial. I think I already commented before but again, WONDERFUL collection of cards! Brilliant. :)

Gail Park

Thanks so much for sharing the details on creating this effect. I linked your tutorial here,, where I posted my attempt. Great tutorial. Thanks again, Gail

Zbear1 @ Splitcoast Stampers

OmiGod!! Those pictures and cards are AWESOME!!!! You are very talented and VERRRRY INSPIRING!!! WQWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! I have got to try this!!! Thank you so much for your visuals!!

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