Welcome to Part 1 of my Spotlighting Technique tutorial! I actually created this tutorial 4 years ago for a scrapbooking group on a parenting forum. I had every intention of posting it here as well... Don't know what happened, but I am so glad that I found it so I can share it now!
(The following comments were also from the original posting. Robby is now 7 years old!)
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:
Hubby (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 )
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.
There are three ways to get the spotlighting effect. We will focus on the first one today.
1. Spotlighting w/ stamps
2. Spotlighting w/ punches
3. Reverse Spotlighting (also using punches)
Technique #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.
*you will also need colored pencils or markers, (or anything you would use to color in an image.)
Step 1. Stamp your detailed image(s) in black ink onto your white cardstock.
(I just stamped them in a corner of my cs and will trim it later.)
(I worked on two cards at the same time.)
Step 2. Stamp your solid shape in a pale color over an area of your image you would like to highlight.
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 my square and stamped once on the scratch paper (3) and then a second time onto my project (4).
Step 3. Use your markers, colored pencils, etc. to color in ONLY the portion of the image within the solid shape stamp.
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!)
Step 4. Finish your project as desired.
And here it is on a card:
And our soldier... (this was hubby's favorite )
Another example of Spotlighting using stamps, this time using watercolor pencils instead of markers:
I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of my tutorial! Let me know if you have any questions. And watch for parts 2 and 3, coming soon!