I recently read Marie Gamber's (Inky CreationsWith Marie) post and learned about making a 'bokeh' background and decided to give it a try. Since I just received a very interesting kokeshi doll for a birthday gift, I opted to test out Marie's technique on a one layer card using an old Mari and Me kokeshi cats rubber stamp. First on watercolor paper, I stamped and heat embossed the design using black Momento Ink and Nuvo Glitter Noir powder. Then I applied the Distress Inks (Dusty Concord, Dried Marigold, Broken China) directly onto the background. I used a Q-tip cotton swab to color in closer to the dolls. With the same swab dipped in alcohol, I touched various places on the background to leave 'water spot' marks. The cats were colored in with Copic pens. I think that the watercolor paper absorbed the inks too quickly so next time I will try a slicker marker paper, but for a first try I am very pleased with the look of this card. Don't be afraid to try new things....life is too short to always be afraid of making mistakes.