but once the sun came up the light was beautiful...I even managed a bokeh effect in my photos. Bokeh literally means blur and is used to describe the pretty blur//soft/out of focus background effect you can achieve in photography. Some people just call is background blur. I really do appreciate that "real photographers" will correct me and tell me that it is to do with the lens and not the camera but I'm not getting technical here and yes bokeh can be different shapes not just circles.
I find that if I take a photo into the sun (NB you must never look directly into the sun) I often get a pleasing bokeh effect from my camera.
It's far too cold to garden at the moment so in my "free"time I decided to combine some fun challenges which are running at the moment and also try out a new technique for me. Over at Darnell's blog she is running a NBUS challenge.This acronym stands for, in Darnell language, "never before used stuff!" And I have plenty. I wanted to use the song "Let it snow" for the challenge over at the Craft Barn. For A Vintage Journey I also wanted to do something new with circles. Frillly and Funkie are asking for winter hues...I used blue and white from their list and Craft stamper just want stamping. After looking at the Bokeh effect in my photos I remembered a fun circles technique I have often admired but never tried..of course.... making a bokeh background! Most crafters just use white pigment ink through a circle stencil but I thought I would make inky circles too!
I'm calling it a winter card as I rarely make Christmas cards until the autumn 😉
I made my card for the following challenges;
A vintage journey going round in circles I certainly did..inky circles, bokeh and even dots for my falling snow.
Darnell is having an amazing giveaway celebrating her 5 years blogging. For this challenge I have used Kraft card but instead of colouring it with pencils I used it as a card blank. I tried a new technique....making a bokeh background.
Craft Stamper take it make it January anything goes
The Craft Barn song challenge Let it snow to me made famous by Dean Martin...I added his name at the bottom of my card.
Frilly and Funkie winter hues they require us to use all or some of these colours...blues, white, silver or grey. I have used lots of blue and white as well as the other winter colours I saw in my cold wintery garden.
It has been so cold again today....yes cold enough to show. I must admit I do like a little of the white stuff so I will close with a few words from the fun winter song....
Well the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go...
let it snow, let it snow, let it snow....
Well actually I do have a place to go tomorrow as it's a very special birthday for my dear Hb.... we're off to London for a special lunch...so perhaps we'll delay the snow for a day or two if that's OK with you all?
Thanks so much for stopping by today and for all the kind comments you leave me. Keep snug.
Bye for now,