Hi everyone, I hope you are all well. I am back with another card for you today. Today’s card features a new technique for me, spotlight stamping.
This is my second attempt at spotlight stamping, yesterday’s card went in the bin, it was wrong for all sorts of reasons, but I wanted to have another go as this is a technique I have had on my list to try for what seems like ages.
Spotlight stamping is basically when you take a section of your card, and only colour that one section as if under a spotlight, leaving all other areas free of colour. On this card, I didn’t use a circular section for my “spotlight” but chose to lift a rectangular panel and colour that, leaving the frame free of colour. I think this counts as spotlight stamping, well it does in my eyes and there are many examples of this on the interweb.
The card was pretty easy to stamp up. I cut a 4.25″ x 5.50″ panel from Copic friendly cardstock and I then took a rectangular die and placed it over the panel and drew lightly in pencil around the inside. The reason I did this was because I wanted to make sure that when I started stamping, I could see where the panel would be lifted at the end, and it helped me know where to place my stamps so that the images would be balanced. If I had die cut the panel at the end, I may not have had the right balance of images. Just my preference.
I took my Botanical Garden stamps (LOVE) and then fiddled around for ages getting the placement right, using my MISTI to help me, making sure I left a small area for the greeting (I remembered this today!). I stamped the images with Memento tuxedo black ink ready for colouring. I then die cut the rectangular panel out of the stamped panel and Copic coloured it, and added the sentiment at the end.
All that was left to do was to mount the uncoloured frame onto an A2 base card, then pop up my coloured panel into the middle. I added a selection of sequins from my stash and that finished the card.
Before I forget, this will be my entry into a challenge on Instagram which is run by the IGCraftyCrew. Anyone can join in, there are no prizes, it is just for fun. There are two challenges a month, one is easy and the other is a harder challenge. I try and join in when I can, and this is for the hard challenge.
I have to say I love how this turned out in the end but that’s probably because I love anything with this stamp set! I would love to know your thoughts and whether you have tried this technique. I will certainly be doing this again. Until next time, have a wonderful weekend!
Supplies used: Altenew Botanical Garden; WPlus9 Sunshine Layers; Clearly Besotted Many Mini Messages; Neenah Solar White Cardstock; Copic Sketch Markers; Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Craft Foam; Memento Tuxedo Black Ink; Versafine Onyx Black Ink; Sequins.