Free As A Bird: Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Monday! Yesterday I shared a simple spotlighting technique using the Bird Ballad Designer paper and said I would share another type of spotlighting technique with you today.  This spotlighting technique is done with hand stamped imagery… and today I’m using the Free As A Bird stamp set…

I have chosen to use Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock with a simple stamped image in black to start my card.  Then I stamped my chosen image of the birds on a branch with the Black Momento Ink.  This way when I color the image I’m going to spotlight … it will really stand out! In other words, it spotlights that section of the image.

Another simple spotlighting technique with the fun of coloring, whether you use the watercolor pencils, Stampin’ Write markers or the new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers you are sure to fall in love with this. Choose an image from your favorite stamp set, I’m using the Free As A Bird stamp set … you will stamp your image twice (or you can cut out the image as I did yesterday to spotlight).

Because I used the Layering Squares Framelits Dies yesterday, I’ve decided to use them again today to cut out and spotlight my part of the image I stamped.  I decided to spotlight the two birds sitting next to each other because my greeting states “We are the best of friends”.

I used the Stampin’ Blends to color my sweet little birds but the watercolor pencils and the markers would work just fine too.  I just love the watercoloring look you get with the stampin’ blends.

Have yourself a wonderful day ~

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Simply Sunday: Simple Spotlighting Technique

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s been nice here lately but rain is in the forecast for today, so it’s a good day to stamp.  If you’re looking for a quick way to make cards with your designer paper and want to add a pop of fun, I love the “Spotlighting” technique! When using your designer papers, there’s no coloring or fuss at all. (Although I do love to color)!

Today I’m using the Bird Ballad Designer paper from the Bird Ballad Suite / Free As A Bird Bundle.  I teamed that up with the Layering Square Framelits (the Stitched Nested Labels Dies come in the suite/bundle).  I also used the Free As A Bird stamp set for my greeting …

To create the spotlighting “with no wasted designer paper” simply cut your designer paper at 4″ x 5-1/4″ … this will give you a nice boarder around your designer paper.  Lay your designer paper onto your die cutter and cut out your desired image, you can see here that I am using the bird to “spotlight” on my card.

Then I simply die cut a coordinating piece of cardstock … I used Early Espresso for my base and mat behind my spotlighted area.  When you place your die cut bird directly from your designer paper and then put it right back in it’s place with a mat behind it … it spotlights that image. Do you see how the images on the cut piece still line up with the images on the background?  Cool right? And Simple.

I love using this technique on our patterned papers that have fun and interesting images.  The spotlighting technique can also be used on your stamped images, and I can share that with you tomorrow!

Thank you for taking time out of your Sunday to visit with me. Hope you found this card helpful and that it inspires you to create some quick -n- easy cards.

Enjoy the rest of your day ~

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Spotlighting Sympathy cards …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Yesterday I shared a “Wedding Card” with you, today I share a “Sympathy Card” … two stages of life that we go through and make cards to show our friends and loved ones that we care.

I wanted to create something simple because I find it very difficult to sit down and stamp a sympathy card when I need one, so I tend to turn to my designer paper. With all the beautiful designer papers we have, it’s not hard to find one that fits the occasion we need.

I chose the new “Adventure Bound” Designer Series Paper Stack found in the Occasions Catalog. Last time I used this paper I simply stamped my image directly onto the paper and mounted it onto the cardstock, however today I wanted to take it up a notch so I decided to do a “Spotlight”.

To create a “Spotlight” on my card I used the “Square Framelit Die” and I lined it up to the corner of the sun on my paper …


Once I cut out my square, I mounted it onto a piece of Basic Black cardstock. Now I was ready to mount my spotlight onto the base of my card. The card base is Almost Artichoke and I used some black cardstock behind the paper to make it stand out more.


The spotlight was mounted using the Stampin’ Dimensionals to add dimension too …


I then stamped my salutation of “With Sympathy” from the “Bloom with Hope” stamp set. Please note that this is a Hostess stamp set and is not for sale but available as an exclusive stamp set when you place or host a qualifying stamping order or party. Contact me with any questions you may have.

I used Whisper White craft ink and the White embossing powder for my greeting … the combination of the two really makes it stand out so much more.

I took the piece of paper that I cut off of my designer paper and placed it on the inside to create a feeling of harmony on the card. The inside words also come from “Bloom with Hope” and were stamped with Black StazOn™ … my favorite black ink! I love that it’s a true black.


Hope you enjoyed today’s card and take some time to create a few “Spotlight” cards of your own. I have always liked this technique when stamping, now I love that it works so well using these fabulous designer papers too. I didn’t have the heart to cover this one up with anything.


Thanks for coming by today …

Have a great Saturday!


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