Saturday, September 8, 2012

Poppies in the Spotlight

Happy Saturday to you and yours!  Today I have another card to share with you that we are making at my upcoming techniques class next Friday, featuring the "spotlighting technique", and also the new "Pleasant Poppies" background stamp from the catalog.  I LOVE poppies -- they are one of my most favorite flowers, so this stamp was amongst the first on my "must have" list.  However, the summer has been busy and I have just recently finally had a chance to play...

The "spotlighting technique" basically means you choose a portion of a line art type image to "spotlight" -- you punch that part out (or die cut it) and color it to make it "pop" and stand out from the background.  Once you die cut or punched the section to be "spotlighted", you position it on your project to line up with the card base stamped background image -- see how the poppy stems line up in the photo?  I also put the spotlighted part up on dimensionals for even more popping effect. So, that's all there is to it!  For this card, I first cut out a white panel using my new window frames framelits, stamped the background with the En Francias stamp in Crumb Cake ink, then stamped the poppies in Basic Black ink over top.  I stamped the poppies again in Stayzon Black on a scrap of water color paper, making sure to stamp the section of the stamp I wanted to "spotlight".  I then colored my poppies with water color crayons and an aqua painter, let it dry, then punched it out with a 1 1/4" circle punch, layered onto a 1 3/8" circle punched cherry cobbler circle.  The card base is Crumb Cake, folded vertically, and embossed with my new favorite embossing folder -- Lacy Brocade embossing folder -- from the Holiday catalog.  Another cool feature about these framelits, is that you can layer a square underneath to add another "layer" -- see the Cherry Cobbler square layered underneath the poppy stamped focal point.  It adds a pop of color without adding a whole other framelit die cut.
Last, but not least, a strip of embossed black and a section of cherry cobbler scalloped dotted ribbon finishes the card perfectly!

I hope you'll stamp today! :) and pull out a treasure that's been collecting dust all summer while you weeded your garden, and played with your kids at the park for hours on end... :)

Don't forget about the ribbon special this month -- get a FREE roll of the 3/8" stitched satin In Color ribbon with every $40 purchase during the month of September.  AND, if you haven't signed up for my Fall Scrapapalooza happening on Sept 22nd, you just GOTTA come.  We have a bunch of fun door prizes, a raffle basket full of fantastic prizes, AND lunch and dinner -- all for the low price of $40.  Register here:

1 comment:

  1. Such a lovely card! I have not tried this technique and cannot wait to try it! I just got this stamp set and will give it a try! Thanks for sharing.