Monday, April 28, 2008

A Fun Technique

I had the urge to do something different tonight, which brought about my decision to try the spotlight technique again. The technique is simple. You just stamp your image twice. Decide what part of your main image you want to highlight with color and punch or cut it out with a Coluzzle, etc. from the second piece. I used a one-inch punch for the stamped image and a 1-1/4 inch punch to cut the background piece. Once the spotlight piece is colored and mounted on the background piece, you match it up and adhere it to the focal point image. On this card, I lightly distressed the edges of the focal point image as well as those of the spotlight image with Bamboo ink. I hope that makes sense. This technique always makes for an interesting card. I love to use it with detailed butterfly stamps, too.

Materials & Tools: Colonial White and Cocoa cardstock; Basic Grey "Sugared" 6x6 paper pad; Cocoa, Barn Red, New England Ivy, and Bamboo stamp pads; Stampin' Up Oh, So Lovely and CTMH Say it in Style May SOTM stamp sets; Stampin' Up Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon; Dove blending pen; 1 and 1-1/4 inch circle punches; Stampin' Up Photo Corner punch; Copper brads; Sanding block.

I've really got a mess in my corner tonight. I started a project that's a little more ambitious - a tag book -with which I didn't get very far. What I succeeded in doing was getting a bunch of stuff out as I searched for just the right elements. I think I need to put it all away and start over page-by-page.

It was a great day. The little boys were here last night, so while his brother slept in, I had a fun conversation with little Mathias before I went to work this morning. He has an excellent vocabulary but doesn't enunciate all of his constanent blends just right yet. I'm "Gamma," and he was curious about the photo on my name tag for work this morning and the fact that I was wearing "gasses," as in glasses. Just like Bjorn did, he'll start calling me "Grandma" one of these days, and another phase will be over. The little guys had dinner with us tonight before going home with Daddy. Work was fun, too, with a couple of different, interesting assignments coming from out of the blue. While they kept me from getting the routine stuff done, the stuff that falls in my lap is what makes my job interesting. That's it for my day. I hope yours was a good one, too, that carries over into tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by my little corner. I'll most likely be back soon.


Jeanne said...

This is very pretty! Would you believe I picked up Sugared, looked thru it, went "'eh?/shrug" and put it back down?! As I looked at your card and saw that pretty patterned piece I looked for the manufacturer and then went, "d'oh!" See, Kathi, if not for you, I would MISS all these gorgeous papers that I don't recognize at all on my own! :o)

The card is lovely, and I may need to revisit the spotlight technique. That is, after I quit smacking myself over the paper!

I know this is long, but I got a chuckle over the consonant blends you spoke of. Just this weekend Steve was teasing the girls and saying "pants" instead of "plants" as that is what they used to call them. They thought he was nuts! LOL

Anonymous said...

Your card is gorgeous! I really like the colors you picked. I may have to try this.


Sylvia said...

I just made a card using the same technique. I should try it more often. I am always looking for new ideas.

I love the stories you tell about your Grandchildren. Brings back lots of good memories of when our grandkids were small. They are now 17 (18 in July) and 21 (22 in August)