Bokeh Background

by Lydia Fiedler

Create a very simple, dreamy background inspired by a photography technique.


  • Large stamp or die cut
  • Dye ink pad (Stampin' Up! Tempting Turquoise used here)

  • Metallic Gelato™ to match ink or other shimmery water-based medium (Metallic Blueberry Gelato used here)

  • Coloring medium to match ink(PITT artist pen big brush used here)

  • Pencil with new, flat white eraser


  1. Step 1

    Apply metallic Gelato directly to your stamp image.

  2. Step 2

    Using a water brush, wet the Gelato directly on the stamp.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp image, and then using water brush, fill in the edges with more Gelato to create a shadow image for the card base.

  4. Step 4

    Using the eraser like a stamp, add ink, and then gelato and stamp around your focal image - beginning close to the image and stamping farther away as the ink fades on the eraser.

  5. Step 5

    Continue stamping circles, some intense and some pale until you have the background you want.

  6. Step 6 (Optional)

    Add a finished image, popped up over the shadow you created, to finish your card.



  1. Highlight a die cut:
    Use a die cut or punched shape instead of a stamped image for the focal point.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Bokeh Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love this card, who doesn't like butterflies. Thanks for this tutorial. I bought some gelatos and need to learn ways to use them.
Edie  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 4:05 AM
What is Gelato?
Sharon  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 4:05 AM
What a lovely effect, Lydia! Thanks for sharing this fun technique. Can't wait to try it out.
Deb Mills  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 4:09 AM
Wow!! That's gorgeous Lydia!! Love it.
Brenda Quintana  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 5:01 AM
What a wonderful idea, thanks for sharing this. I've had gelatos and just haven't used them - not I can't wait.
Lisa Peronto  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 5:08 AM
Fun technique and so pretty, Lydia.
Benzi  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 5:36 AM
Wow! Can hardly wait to try this out - so simple when you know how!
Bridget Keenor  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 5:48 AM
Wowzers! Lydia, your butterfly is amazing. Love this tutorial, love getting to hear your voice again. Guess I better jiffy on over to blick and get me some Gelato, you insist, right?!?
Meg McAlister  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 6:15 AM
I'm with Sharon. What is gelato? It's a beautiful background.
Jeannie Huff  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 6:19 AM
Hi Jeanne and Sharon - if you look in the top right corner of the page there's a link where it says "Products used" and you can read about gelatos and where to buy them! smile
Lydia Fiedler  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 6:21 AM
Oh this is so lovely....and I love this technique...thank you so much for sharing...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 6:53 AM
Love how this turned out. Your butterfly is just beautiful. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
BeverlyBL  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 7:17 AM
Beautiful technique and card!!
Joy Jones  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 7:38 AM
Stunning!! Love the beautiful blue. Another wonderful but easy background. Thanks for sharing.
Pat St Martin
Patricia St Martin  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM
Thank you for this video. I just bought some gelato markers and now I have a beautiful project to use them on. I can see how to use these techniques for many different things!
Lee Arcala  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM
Lydia!! It was so nice to see your sweet face (profile pic) and actually hear your voice in this video. What a great tutorial and what a awesome technique. You did a wonderful job with this. Your card turned out beautifully. Best, Curt
Curt (Indycurt)  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM
Excellent tutorial! Thank you, Lydia wink
Billie Dee Jelin  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 8:47 AM
Wow, Lydia! This is a fabulous video tutorial! It's always fun to hear someone's real voice, and I LOVE this gorgeous card and technique. You made it so clear and doable! Big hugs and thanks!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM
BEAUTIFUL LYDIA!!!!!!!!!!!! smile THANKS for showing us your technique!!!!!!:)
Becky Green  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 9:32 AM
WOWza!! Love this tutorial, Lydia! Your card is indescribably delish!
Bev Gerard  |  Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 9:43 AM

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