February 2006 Stampin' Highlight from Meg:
Spotlighting is a special technique that can save
you time plus add an extra design element to your
stamping projects. Rather than coloring an entire
element on your card, spotlighting is when you
select a small part of the image and color only that
Spotlighting can be acheived in several ways.
|Traditional Spotlighting: This method is
the most well-known. An image is stamped once on
the card and once on a piece of scrap cardstock.
The scrap cardstock image is colored, and then the
1-1/4" Circle or Square Punch is used to punch out
from the colored image. The 1-3/8" Circle or Square
Punch is used to punch out a mat, often from black
cardstock. These two circles (or squares) are then
layered over the black image on the card. The
resulting spotlight highlights the beautiful colors
in the image. This method is especially effective
for images with vibrant or detailed colors, such as
butterflies or flowers.
|Color Block Spotlighting:
In this type of spotlighting, an image is also
stamped in black, but instead of punching out an
area to color, blocks of color are stamped on top to
highlight different elements of the black image.
For example, one might stamp a flower and highlight
the center with one color, the petals with another
color, and the stem with a third color. In the
sample, these colors are repeated in the mat layers
to create a very successful design.
|Color on Color Spotlighting:
Here an image is stamped on the background of the
card using the same color ink as the background
cardstock. Then one element of the image is stamped
in another color on neutral cardstock and layered
with a mat of the 2nd color cardstock. Visually,
this brings the spotlighted part of the image into
|Image Block Spotlighting:
With Image Block Spotlighting, several images are
selected and stamped and colored on individual
pieces of cardstock. Mats are added to the colored
images. By using stamps that are slightly bigger
than the piece of cardstock, an effective spotlight
is created. On the sample, 4 images are spotlighted
together. Note how the colors are alternated. One
image is colored in Not Quite Navy and matted in
Perfect Plum, while another image is colored in
Perfect Plum and Not Quite Navy. This use of color
helps to draw the separate images together.
So get our your layered SU shape punches
and have fun working with spotlighting in your stamping
projects this month!
Happy Stamping! --Meg