Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Bright Spot

1/27/2016 Update: The Bright Spot was a Top Three winner!

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #143 provided the design for this card. I looked at the sketch often, trying to decide... Lighthouse? Floral spray? Pendant? Balloons?... but these ideas were already in use. At one point I thought the circle looked like an eyeball. Enough of that!

After settling on the light bulb stamp set, rays of light beaming upward were sponged from three ink colors and pierced on white cardstock. A small panel of cardstock was texture embossed, backed with a black mat and adhered to the white panel. The sentiment was stamped twice, once in black and again in yellow. The yellow words were fussy cut and popped up on the black stamped sentiment then adhered to a white die cut image backed with black.

The decorative strip was cut with a die and adhered to the textured panel. The bulb is a two-step. The first stamp is a solid image. The second is the bulb outline. Once both images were stamped, the bulb was fussy cut, backed with foam and adhered. The finished front panel was adhered to a black mat and then to the card base. The light bulb and beams were touched up with Wink of Stella (clear). A few sequins were added to the card. The inside was lined with a panel of white and stamped and sponged with rays of light.

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Techniques: Stamping, sponging, fussy cutting, piercing, die cutting, dry embossing
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Simon Says Stamp Set "Watt's Up?"
Inks: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Crisp Cantaloupe, Stazon Black
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Dies: Verve Scalloped Trim Trio; SU! Labels Collection Framelits
Misc.: Craft foam, Zigzag TEIF, Wink of Stella (clear), PPP sequins


  1. Very very cool! Awesome take on the sketch.. love the rays of light... the color and the piercing... very cool! Thanks for playing along at Atlantic Hearts this week!

  2. I love it! Your card is perfect for this sketch Melanie. Great colors and great design! :)

  3. Such beautiful additions both inside & out. The sparkly sequins were the perfect addition! LOL. :) I love your work-- what a super idea for this Sketch Melanie! See you a AHSC!

  4. Stunning, I Love it! I love the ray of light! All I can say is WOW! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC)!

    Brandi R
    DT member AHSC

  5. Once again you've taken the sketch in a way that I hadn't seen...Love the details with the piercing. Thanks for playing at AHSC.

  6. Love your sentiment and it goes so well with your lightbulb and rays...excellent and unique idea for this sketch challenge.