Welcome to this week's class!
First, I'd like to share a couple comments from my family that I got while I was working on the projects for this tutorial all spread out on the dining room table:
DH (at 5am when I couldn't sleep): "What are you doing??"....and after I explained, "That's pretty cool!"
Robby (my 2-almost-3yo): "Wow Mommy, you have a lot of beautiful stuff... in my way..." (At least he was kind enough to pause before the "in my way" part :rolleyes: )
Both I take as huge compliments... LOL
OK, here we go....
The Spotlighting technique is a fun one to use... and great for those, often intimidating, detailed image stamps. As the name suggests, the Spotlighting technique is a way to highlight a portion of your image... as if in a spotlight.
As I mentioned in the materials list post, there are three ways to get the spotlighting effect.
1. Spotlighting w/ stamps
2. Spotlighting w/ punches
3. Reverse Spotlighting (also uses punches)
1. Spotlighting w/ Stamps
*a detailed image stamp (one that you could color in)
*a solid shape stamp (circle, square, etc... smaller than your detailed image)
*white cardstock for your main image, and any other colors you may want to mat it on, etc.
*black dye-ink pad (one that won't bleed) or black staz-on
*a pale color dye-ink pad
*you will also need colored pencils or markers, (or anything you would use to color in an image.)
[SIZE=4]Step 1. Stamp your detailed image(s) in black ink onto your white cardstock. [/SIZE]
(I just stamped them in a corner of my cs and will trim it later.)
[SIZE=4]Step 2. Stamp your solid shape in a pale color over an area of your image you would like to highlight.[/SIZE]
TIP: If you do not have a pale enough color, you can always "stamp off" some of the ink on scratch paper before stamping on your project. Ink your stamp and stamp it once, then stamp it again without re-inking it, and again until you get the shade you want. Practice on the scratch paper to see how many times you need to stamp off. You can see below where I did this (1 & 2). I liked the shade of the second square, so then I re-inked and stamped once on the scratch paper (3) and then a second time onto my project (4).
[SIZE=4]Step 4. Finish your project as desired.[/SIZE]
And here it is on a card:
Another example of Spotlighting using stamps, this time using watercolor pencils instead of markers:
Oops, need to find the pic that one...
Meanwhile, I will go ahead and post and save the next 2 posts for Spotlighting w/ Punches and Reverse Spotlighting.
Hope you're enjoying the class so far!