Friday, June 19, 2015

Flowers in the Spotlight

For this week's Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #112, I decided to try a Spotlight technique as demonstrated HERE. The point is to start with a plain design, mine is gray on white, then choose a spot on the card to highlight the image with color.

                                                                                                                       To begin, I die cut a piece of lattice and used it as a stencil, sponging the design in gray ink on white cardstock. Borders from several stamp sets were added for the horizontal elements, also using gray ink. Four flower images were stamped in gray ink on white cardstock and fussy cut.

Next, a cluster of four flowers, three in gray ink and one in black ink were stamped on white cardstock. These were placed so that they would fit inside of the circle die. They were colored with alcohol markers, cut with the die and backed with another die cut in gray.

The panel of white cardstock was adhered to a piece of Tangerine Tango cardstock then onto a gray card base. The spotlight flowers were popped up with craft foam and adhered. The four plain flowers were adhered to the card - three were tucked under the spotlight to match up with the three partial flowers and one was placed on the lattice.

A circle of gray was cut using a 1/2" punch and popped up. A butterfly was punched and decorated with clear Wink of Stella then adhered to the popped up circle. The sentiment was added. The inside of the card was decorated with a white panel stamped with flowers.
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Techniques: Spotlighting, stamping, punching, die cutting, stenciling, coloring, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Choose Happiness, Watercolor Wings, Altenew "Hennah Elements"
Inks: Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Memento Tuxedo Black, Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Hello Honey
Dies: Circles Collection, Spellbinders Lattice
Punches: 1/2" circle and Bitty Butterfly
Misc.: Wink of Stella (clear), craft foam


  1. Mel, this is a very pretty card. I like the contrast of the grey with the bright orange and yellow flowers. Great idea using the border stamps for the horizontal bar.

  2. Beautiful card Melanie! Your spotlighting technique is awesome, great colors! Love the design too. :)

  3. Melanie, what a beautiful spotlight technique! Beautiful colors and a great card! Hugs!

  4. Oh Mel, what a beautiful card! I love the colors and I love that spotlight technique you used... just gorgeous...

  5. Fun way to get the banner look on the card! It is beautiful! I love the pops of color! Thanks for joining us at AHSC!

    AHSC Design Team

  6. WOW, all I can say is WOW! I love this card. I love the oranges (I hate to admit it but I think orange is a new favourite colour of mine) I love the muted look of the grey tones, I love how the colour not only pops against the grey tones but that you also popped it up and that sweet little butterfly adds just the right touch, great card! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  7. I love how you spotlighted the lovely flowers! Thanks for playing at AHSC!

  8. Wow, such a lot of work to go into this card and the end result is stunning! Thanks for playing along with AHSC.

  9. I love the trendy combination of orange, golden yellow, and charcoal gray! You used a ton of different techniques to such amazing effect! Very clever to arrange all the patterns and shapes pointing toward the focal point, which positively blazes with color!