Friday, 13 January 2017

Spotlight Technique - card no.1!

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I wanted to have a play with the Sale-a-bration (SAB) Between the Lines Designer Series Paper (DSP). At first, I thought I'd do something similar to one of the make'n'takes we did at OnStage in Telford, which was partial colouring. 

As I was getting  myself organised, I suddenly thought this would be brilliant for Spotlighting. I know two ways this technique can be done and wasn't sure which way I wanted to go. Long story short - I did both!

I cut a piece of the DSP to the normal size I use for a top layer because I wasn't quite sure which direction I'd be going in. I took a sheet of 3" x 5" Post It Note and used my 1 1/4" Circle Punch to punch three random circles.

I placed it more or less in the centre of the piece of DSP I'd cut and I started painting with my Marker Pens. The colours I chose were Wisteria Wonder, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Blushing Bride and Pool Party. 

First, I used So Saffron to do the insides of the flowers and then changed to Pear Pizzazz and did all the leaves. I used the three remaining pens to colour the flowers.

While I was painting, I frequently had to lift up a part of the Post It Note to check exactly what the lines were that I could see! 

Once they were all coloured, I masked off the area surrounding the Post It Note that had the circles in, so that there was no DSP visible. I took my Pink Piroutte Ink Pad and inked one of my new Sponge Brayers. I rolled it over the three circles, several times, and built up a good amount of colour. I carefully lifted one corner of the Post It Note to see how dark the Pink Pirouette was. I thought it looked great, so I removed all the Post It Notes and was really pleased with the overall result.

However, I was disappointed that I'd only used three smallish circles, so I repeated the process but this time I punched five circles of different sizes, which were: two 1 1/4" circles, two 1 3/8" circles and one 1 1/2" circle. The finished result was so much better.

To create this card I started with a card base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), a layer of Pink Pirouette CS and a top layer of Whispering White CS - all adhered together with Tombow. Still with Tombow, I adhered the Inside the Lines DSP to a layer of Pink Pirouette CS, and adhered this in the centre of the card base. 

I stamped THANKS using Basic Black Archival Ink on to a small piece of Whisper White CS and sponged the edges using Pink Pirouette Ink. The stamp is from the All Things Thanks Stamp Set. I used the one which says THANKS FOR THAT THING YOU DID but I cut the Thanks off! 

Please note, if you do this to any of your stamp sets, you''ll make your guarantee with Stampin' Up! null and void! The reason I don't worry about this is that I don't expect to have any problems with my SU stamps! 

My final touch was to decorate the inside of the card which is a one of the offcut strips of the DSP and I have butted of a this strip of Pink Pirouette CS, top and bottom.

Tomorrow, I'll show you what I did with the card that has three Spotlight circles and also give you the products and measuremnts you need to make this card!

Until tomorrow, happy crafting!



  1. Love the card and you make it look such fun to do

    1. Hi, Kaye. This is such a relaxing technique - it's certainly towards the top of my list of favourites! ☺ Happy crafting, JanB.