Looking for a new stamping technique to try? The Spotlighting Technique is a great way to highlight your detailed stamp images without having to color in the whole thing!

There are a variety of ways that you can make a card with the spotlighting technique and today I’m going to give you some tips on how I made the two spotlight cards above.

The first thing you want to do is look at your stamp image and pick the spot you want to highlight. 


 Whisper White: 3-3/4″ x 5″
Basic Black: 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″
Magneta Madness: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
1-5/8″ Circle

For the first card, I chose to spotlight the flowers in the center of the stamp. 

  1. Stamp the flowers once on the white background card stock and once on another piece of white card stock. I used a circle die, but if you are going to use a circle punch just make sure to stamp your image closer to the edge of the paper.
  2. Cut a circle out of the second stamped piece and color the flowers inside the circle.
  3. Line up your circle image with the image stamped on the background and tape it into place. You can add a layer of card stock in between like I did, but you don’t have to.


 Whisper White card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″
Whisper White: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Whisper White square die: 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″
Basic Black: 3″ x 3″

For the second card, I chose to spotlight the flowers on the edges of the stamp. 

  1. Stamp the greeting words in the center of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Whisper White card stock.
  2. Stamp the flower image in two opposite corners of that same piece of card stock.
  3. Cut the center out with a square die. This is the easiest way to line up multiple images.
  4. Color the flowers on the square you cut out and tape to a card stock mat that is just a little bit larger than the square die you used.
  5. Line up your stamp images and tape your square over your background piece.


Coloring Tips:

I colored the flowers in with watercolor pencils and a blender pen then used a blender pen to add a little Magenta Madness ink from the lid of my ink pad. 

Here’s a video with tips on how to color with a blender pen: https://youtu.be/Uq9VgMe-hzs


You can do the spotlighting technique with different shapes! 

Take a look at your punches and dies and experiment with shapes beyond circles and squares.

I do hope you’ll give this technique a try. Make a card & send it to a friend!

Happy Stamping!

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