Bring on the Spotlight – November 2020 Monthly Challenge #vsdigichallenge

Hi everyone, yes, I have two posts for today and both are about challenges and winning! :)

This month’s theme is “Bring on the Spotlight” ! There are several ways you can go with that but I decided to interpret this challenge with ‘Spotlight Stamping’ technique. Spotlight Stamping is when you have a stamped design but only a part of the image is colored so that the spotlight is on that colored area. I created a slimline card using my digi stamp ‘Special Occasions‘ released in October 2020.

Key Ingredients:

  1. Special Occasions digital stamp set
  2. Daniel Smith watercolors
  3. Prismacolor Fine Liner

Steps:

  1. Create cardbase:
    1. Trim a regular (letter) size cardstock to 8.5 x 7 inches. Fold in half. I used one of cardstocks from older Spellbinders card kits. These are almost linen textured and give a great effect on the card.
  2. Create the main panel for the card:
    1. In Microsoft PowerPoint, start by adding a rectangle and sizing it to 3.5 in x 8.5 in. That’s the area inside which we will create our design so that it will fit the front of our slimline card.
    2. Inside this rectangle, lay down the images and also add a rectangle shape. I edited the outline of this shape to be hand drawn, just for a quirky look.
    3. Once you are happy with the design, delete the outermost rectangle that you used for sizing and print using a laser printer.
    4. Watercolor only inside the smaller rectangle using a waterbrush and Daniel Smith watercolors. You can use other coloring medium of your choice too. I also made some of the outside-frame lines thicker to make them a little more prominent. Totally optional.
    5. Trim the panel to be slightly smaller in width than the cardbase and keep same height as cardbase.
    6. Assemble using foam adhesive and embellish with gold gems.

Here’s what the spotlight stamping looks like up close. As you can see, Only the flowers and leaves inside the frame are colored. You can also do the reverse – leave the frame area black and white, color the outside. That will look nice too.

Do give this technique a try. And don’t forget to play along with us at Varada Sharma Delights. When you play for this challenge on any social media, please tag your posts as #createwithvs #vsdigichallenge.

Supplies List

For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!

Hugs!
~Varada

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