Thursday, October 18, 2007

Spotlight Technique

Good morning! This probably never happens to you, but I woke up with a card layout in my head and I had to seize the moment and make it. Do you like it?

It uses what's called the spotlight technique, and though my "spotlight" isn't round, I hope you get the effect. This technique works best with line art images, so that you can add a spot of color to highlight some aspect of the focal point of your card.

I still have my friend Darcie's Autumn Harvest on loan (thank you, friend!), and so I used this one. I stamped the layout in chocolate chip classic ink on my grid paper first, just to get an idea of where I wanted to place everything. This came in handy later. I was going to use a round spotlight, but it just didn't seem to fit the rectangular shape of the card. After I restamped the layout on the very vanilla card stock, I then used my 1 3/8" square punch to punch out the spotlight.

This is where the layout came in handy. I was able to position the spotlight piece where I wanted it on the grid paper layout and restamp the large and small pumpkins without risking damage to my card stock piece. I then used my aquapainter to color the pumkins using pumpkin pie and really rust and old olive ink. The chocolate chip blurred a bit, but that wouldn't happen if I had Stazon, a waterproof ink. But I don't have that, and I don't think it hurts things at all.

The eyelets were not part of the original layout, and neither was the ribbon. I like how things take shape when you give your mind freedom to be creative!

Tomorrow I'll have a card that was inspired by a book! Have a great day...enjoy autumn before it's gone.


Andrea said...

Great card and the spotlight technique looks so good

Debbie Olson said...

Great job on the spotlighting technique, Jenn!