Tissue Paper Bokeh

by Lindsay Adreon

Create a stunning bokeh effect with die cut tissue paper.


  • Circle dies or punches ( 3-4 sizes - Hero Arts Nesting Circle Dies used here)
  • Die cutting machine (if using dies)
  • Tissue paper (purple, light blue, & white used here)
  • Matte gel medium (The Crafter's Workshop used here)
  • Foam brush
  • Heavy weight white cardstock A2 size (4.25" x 5.5")(110 lb. used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Joy Clair Stamps Hello Sentiments & Snowy Greetings stamp sets, CDD Holiday Border Dies, Tonic Studios Mixed Rectangle Dies, & Simon Says Stamp Celebration Time die sets used here)


  1. Step 1

    Use the circle dies or punches to cut tissue paper. Cut several circles from all three colors.

  2. Step 2

    Separate the circles so each circle is only one layer of tissue paper.

  3. Step 3

    Use the foam brush to apply a THIN layer of matte gel medium to the cardstock.

  4. Step 4

    Start laying down tissue paper circles using mostly the dark colors (blue and purple here) to fill the first layer.

  5. Step 5

    Overlap circles to give the bokeh effect.

  6. Finish the first layer, and be sure to use THIN layers of gel medium to glue down each circle.

  7. Step 6

    For the final layers, incorporate more white tissue paper circles. This softens the background for the bokeh effect.

  8. Step 7

    Finish the background with a final thin layer of matte gel medium to seal everything in.

  9. Step 8

    Set background aside to dry.

    Use plastic wrap or a page protector to work on. Your paper won't stick as easily!

  10. Step 9

    Use scissors or a paper trimmer to trim off the excess circles so all sides are flush.

  11. Step 10

    Use your new backgrounds for your cards however you wish!


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tissue Paper Bokeh. 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.

Lindsay, this is such a fun tutorial and I LOVE your cards!
Amy  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 6:15 AM
What can I substitute for the gel medium that will work with tissue? Hmmmm. Will give this a try!
[email protected]  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 6:20 AM
Kren, do you have mod podge or white glue?
dina  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 6:31 AM
where can I find the border die?
Daphne Ward  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 7:22 AM
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 7:41 AM
Daphne, The ornament border die is from Craftin Desert Divas' "Holiday Borders" Die Set.
Lindsay A  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 8:29 AM
Very nicely done tutorial. Thank you.
Miss Kitty  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 9:38 AM
Love it. Looks like Lavender and light green to me, beautiful.
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 10:12 AM
Love this look! Great tutorial. Thank you.
Suzi Metcalfe  |  Wed Nov 21, 2018 at 7:44 PM
What a wonderful idea and so pretty.
Thanks for sharing.
Lee Gysberts  |  Fri Nov 23, 2018 at 7:42 PM

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