Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tulips in the spotlight

Tulips are one of my favorite flowers, so I couldn't pass up the Love Is Kindness stamp in the 2015 Occasions catalog from Stampin' Up! I used the stamp to make a few non-traditional valentines, and I love the yellow tulips. But for my next card, I wanted to leave the image mostly black and white, with just a pop of color.

Black and white card featuring the spotlight technique to add a pop of color to the Love Is Kindness image.
Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Love Is Kindness
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black card stock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad; Old Olive, Real Red Stampin' Write markers
Accessories: Sweet Sadie washi tape, Brights Candy Dots, 1-3/8" circle punch, corner rounder, Dimensionals

What do you think? I used the tried-and-true spotlight technique to highlight just a few of the tulips and add a bit of Real Red and Old Olive to this clean layout.

The spotlight technique has been around for as long as I can remember, but I haven't tried it in ages. It's easy to do:
1. Using a line art image, stamp your focal image on your project.
2. Re-ink your stamp and stamp the image again on a separate sheet of card stock.
3. On the second image, choose what area you want to highlight and add color with markers, colored pencils, etc.
4. Punch out the colored area with a circle punch and use Dimensionals to adhere it over the original image.

That's really all there is to it. You could also try a variation, such as having more than one spotlight, using a different shape punch for the spotlight (imagine a heart for a wedding or anniversary card), or even solid images instead of line art. With solid images, you could stamp the first image using one color, then chose a different color for the spotlight portion.

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