Bible Journaling & A Bokeh Effect with Joy Clair Stamps

I had an idea for creating a bokeh effect in my Bible and have just been waiting for the right set to come along to pair it with. This past month, Joy Clair had their new release and in that release a stamp set called “Many Names” was released and I knew it was the set to pair with this technique! I have to say that this page is inspired by a journaling page that Andie Bjork, who is on the Joy Clair Design Team. Her page is different, but she creates a cluster with this stamp set as well. Check out her page HERE!! And if you want to see how I create this two page Bible Journaling layout with the new Many Names stamp set, you can watch the full video tutorial down below!!



I started these pages with the stamping  and for my ink I am using the brand new Versafine Clair ink in Nocturne. This ink works soo well in my Bible. It is a pigment ink so you can heat emboss, with it, but I just stamped with it and it is rich in color and is incredibly crisp. It’s not quite as wet as my Versafine Onyx Black ink so it’s not near as messy, but stamps just as crisp, so it has all the benefits without the set backs and easy smearing! I stamped my cluster of names on the right page and didn’t quite go to the edges – I would fill those in later on. This technique and page could be replicated on any blank page in your Bible, but I am working on the first pages in the Old Testament. I did outline, with a micron pen, around the Old Testament words so I wouldn’t lose those in the cluster I created.

Finished 4
Finished 4

For the bokeh technique, I am using circle dies in different sizes (a nesting set works awesome or you can possibly use punches if they’re nice and sharp), tissue paper in three different colors, and matte gel medium. If you do not have matte gel medium you can use any collage medium or gesso might work as well, just make sure whatever you are using will glue, seal and dry clear. I die cut several sizes of circles from the tissue paper – I used purple, blue and gray for my colors. After die cutting, I started gluing down the circles making sure there was no white space left behind and overlapping some of the circles. I started with the largest and worked my way down to the smallest as my white space began to disappear. Be sure to watch the video tutorial above, this technique is a lot to see in action than explain!

Finished 5
Finished 5

After I finished gluing my circles I gave the pages one last coat of gel medium to seal everything in and then let this dry overnight. The next day when everything was dry, I carefully cut around the edges of the pages with scissors to make the edges nice and clean. The pages will be a little curly and not flat at all. I just shut my Bible and let the pressure of the closed book flatten the pages again. And it was that simple! This technique does take a little time, but it is well worth the final result!

Finished 6
Finished 6


I am in love with this technique and can’t wait to try it out on cards with different colors. Even a rainbow would be gorgeous on a card with a nice bold sentiment! If  you do try this technique, be sure to tag Joy Clair stamps so we can see your gorgeous creations!! If you are interested in any of the supplies or are curious about what exactly gel medium is, I have linked a few options down below! Thanks for spending a bit of time with me today and Happy Crafting!!


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