Stamping Class - Spotlighting Technique... (all 3 are there now!)

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Stamping Class - Spotlighting Technique... (all 3 are there now!)

Hello!
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 Biggrin

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.
They are:

1. Spotlighting w/ stamps
2. Spotlighting w/ punches
3. Reverse Spotlighting (also uses punches)

1. Spotlighting w/ Stamps

Materials needed:

*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.)

(I worked on two cards at the same time.)

[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 3. Use your markers, colored pencils, etc. to color in ONLY the portion of the image within the solid shape stamp.[/SIZE]

There wasn't a lot to color on the eagle itself, so I decided to add some color to the background words.

And here's our soldier:


(And yes, I realize that I accidentally colored the stars yellow on the flag when they should indeed be white! OOPS!)

[SIZE=4]Step 4. Finish your project as desired.[/SIZE]

And here it is on a card:

And our soldier... (this was hubby's favorite Smile )

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! Smile

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Part 2 - Spotlighting w/ Punches

2. Spotlighting w/ Punches

Materials needed:

*a detailed image stamp (one that you could color in)
*white, black, and other colors of cardstock
*black dye-ink pad (one that won't bleed) or black staz-on
*colored pencils or markers, (or anything you would use to color in an image.)
*paper punches: circles or squares, or other shapes will work also. If you have 2 nested sizes, that would be perfect for the optional step I will show you.

[SIZE=4]Step 1. Stamp your detailed image in black ink onto your colored cardstock. [/SIZE]

This time I will make a border for a scrapbook page, so I have stamped them along the edge of my page.

Step 2. Stamp the same image onto your white cardstock.

Step 3. Color in your image on your white cardstock using markers, colored pencils, etc...

(This is just straight coloring here... no blending, etc... The detail in the stamp does all the work!)

Step 4. Punch out a shape where you want to highlight your colored-in image. (Note: If you are using two nested sizes, use the smaller one for this step.)

TIP: If you do your punching upside-down, you can see exactly what part of the image you are punching out.

(Note: Read the rest before gluing anything down, so you can decide which option you like best.)

Step 5. (option 1) Take your punched out piece(s) and line them up to match the image(s) on your colored cardstock.


If you like it as is, you could call it a day right here and be done....

OR you could.... (Step 5 - Option 2)

Punch the larger of your two nested sizes out of black cardstock.

TIP: The upside-down punching method is also helpful for getting the most out of your cardstock since you can see where you punched last and move it over just enough to make your next punch.

Place your colored image circles on your larger black punched circles. Now line them up as we did before...

Ta Da! Now decide which option you like best and glue it all down.
I usually prefer the 2nd option, but there are some images it doesn't work as well with. Just play with it and see what looks best.

TIP: If you like the 2nd option, but don't have nested sizes of punches, you could always adhere your punch to black cs and trim around it to get the black outline.

Playing with different shapes and colors...
tag punch...

hearts and stars

Now, on to part 3!

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Part 3 - Reverse Spotlighting

BTW, sorry again for the watermarks. I will be putting this on my blog also and I need to be careful. I think I mentioned it before that some people were copying tutorials and putting them on their blogs, claiming them as their own.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled class....

3. Reverse Spotlighting (w/ Punches)

This is probably my favorite of the three, but it's hard to choose! I love them all!

Materials needed:

*detailed image stamp(s)... (one that's easy to cut around is best this time!)
*white, black, and other colors of cardstock
*black dye-ink pad (one that won't bleed) or black staz-on
*paper punches: circles or squares, or other shapes will work also.
*scissors

[SIZE=4]Step 1. Stamp your detailed image randomly onto your white cardstock. [/SIZE]

I will do a card and a scrapbook page border here.

For my card I started with a white piece of cs, 5" x 3.75"

For the border, I didn't measure, but you can make it as tall as your page and probably 2-3 inches wide.

Step 2. Here's the fun part... take your punches and make swiss cheese! Smile(Careful not to go overboard)

TIP: Don't punch away parts of the image that would be hard to cut around, such as the butterfly's antennae.

Step 3. Stamp your image onto a few colors of cardstock. (Or one color is fine, depending on the look you want)

(I stamped more than I needed...)

Step 4. Cut them out. Notice I didn't worry about cutting around the antennae!

Step 5. Now you will line up and adhere your cut-out image(s) behind the images on the swiss cheese you made.

Repeat for each image that overlaps into a hole.

Back view...

Step 6. Now you will add your next layer. Here I used a 5.25" x 4" piece of black cs.

Step 7. Trim off any of the images that are hanging off the black cs.

(This is easier to do from the back... especially on a corner.)

For the scrapbook page, you could choose to leave them hanging off of the border if you like.

But I trimmed mine... (forgot about those silly antennae!)

Step 8. Finish your project!

For my card, I used a 8.5" x 5.5" piece of orange cs folded in half to create a 5.5" x 4.25" standard size card base... Added some ribbon and a stamped quote... all done!

Another card example:
(Not sure how I feel about this one... maybe a few too many holes... lol... but i spent too much time cutting out those bees to not include it! LOL)

and the inside...

A mini 3x3 card:

There you have it... Three fun ways to do the Spotlighting Technique!

Have fun and I can't wait to see your projects!!

MommyCB's picture
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wow, I really love this technique idea! I'm going to try this tonight! Very nice tutorial Lorita.

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wow...now i wish i had some stamps! ... gonna bug DH about taking me to the hobby store this week Blum 3

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I can't wait to do this! probably won't get to until Thursday, which gives more time to read the posts that are forthcoming. Wink

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Wow....wow....and more wow!! How totally cool!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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That is really, really neat. I would have never though to do that. TFS!

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I really, really, really love the butterfly stamp! Fabulous tutorials.

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Love that technique! I'll have to see if I have any stamps that are detailed enough to try this with. Thanks for the instructions!

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what awesome ideas!!!

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so neat! I wish I had solid shaped stamps or punches Sad I will have to look for some next time I am out. I like all of these but I LOVE the butterflies Biggrin

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The punch technique is so awesome! Wow, I really can't wait to try this. Your tutorials rock girl. I'm going to have to wait until my next IRL crop for this though, because I don't have any round or shaped punches. :confused: My girlfriend has tons!

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wow.... i'm asking DH to take me to the store this week so I can try this and make my first card Lol thanks for doing this! Smile bookmarking it for future use.

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Wow:eek:
I LOVE the reverse spotlighting! Maybe I can play later today.

Great job on the tutorial!

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Wow, this was an excellent tutorial! Can't wait to try it.

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Thanks everyone Smile

MommyCB's picture
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you are so uber talented girl!!! I can't tell you how much I love all three of these techniques! I can't wait to try them. WOW

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holy cow! who would have thought you could do such awesome things with stamps?? i must get stamps and try this! you are a very talented woman!

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W O W. That's a lot of work but sooo cool.

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WOW! Rita those are great!!! THanks so much for sharing!

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now you need to add this to the Scrapbooking Intro Sticky at the top of the board.

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"MommyCB" wrote:

now you need to add this to the Scrapbooking Intro Sticky at the top of the board.

Oh, I forgot about that! Just did it....

Thanks again for the compliments ladies... you sure know how to make a girl feel great!

Rita Biggrin

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awesome!!! I love all of these techniques. can't try them all this week but will definitely do one.

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This was lots of fun and so easy. I'll definitely be doing this technique again in the future. Thanks again Rita!

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argh..i went shopping for stamps yesterday and found absolutely NO good stamps for this... so i'll try it this summer when I'm in the states Smile i hope to buy a few stamps there since everything is sooo much cheaper than here. can't wait!

charys...that's so pretty Smile

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What is the shipping to norway? I'd be willing to buy some here and just charge you the exact shipping, if you find some you'd like online...just let me know! They are so light I bet they wouldn't cost too much to ship.

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ahh Charys Smile you are too nice. That's not necessary really. If I am ever really desperate than I'll ask you. Smile I'll be going to the states in June so its not that far away really. Also, there is another scrapbooking store that I haven't checked out yet. I have only been there once. Still very expensive compared to the USA but that's Norway for ya! Everything costs an arm and a leg Smile

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Wow, I can't believe this is still here!! I'm so glad because I never did put it on my blog. Now that the twins are starting kindergarten next month, I'm hoping to get my blog going again and I want to do some tutorials. Then I remembered posting this one here!
The place looks empty, but :wavehello: to anyone who might remember me!