Happy Friday. Today, I thought I would feature a technique called spotlighting. It is fairly simple and is great for a beginner or an advanced stamper. Enjoy! Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow. I have 4 great KISS cards that you are going to love! Have a great day!


1. Stamp image twice on card stock using black ink. One image will be the main background.


2. Cut out various "spotlight" shapes fro the second stamped image. The shapes can be rectangles, circles, squares, or shapes that echo part of the stamped image (like a Christmas ball or fish bowl).

4. Color the cutouts using assorted markers and blender pen. Use a ruler and a black marker to trace a border around each piece. Mount colored cutouts on top of the corresponding part of the image on the card using 1/16" foam dots.


DSC_1048 Inspired by Stampin’ Tips and Ideas:

  • Make sure you select a stamp that has a lot going on in the image. A "busy" stamp with lots of background detail and more than one possible focal area works best for spotlight stamping.
    In addition to, or instead of markers, use pencils, gel pens, chalk or any color medium for spotlight areas.
  • Think of your eye as a camera with a zoom lens-trust your eye to select the area or areas you like best, notice first, what is most interesting or important in the stamped image. Change your mind and select different areas each time you use this technique and you will find endless possibilities from a single stamp.
  • To make a card in less time, choose only one are to spotlight.

113224S Stamp Sets: Herb Expressions (113224)

Ink: Basic Black (102851), SU! Markers (105541)

Card Stock: Lovely Lilac (100427), Basic Gray (108692), Whisper White (100730)

Amazing Tools: 1-1/4” Circle Punch (104403), 1-3/8” Circle Punch (104401), Scallop Oval Punch (114889), Wide Oval Punch (112082)

A Touch of Glam: Basic Gray Satin Ribbon (117666), Clear Rhinestones (104337)



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3 thoughts on “Spotlight Stamping using Herb Expressions Stamp Set

  1. Cookie says:

    and thank you for sharing how you made it. I’ve seen several cards with the ‘stand out’ section and thought it was such a great technique. Thanx again

  2. Cookie says:

    I love the colors you’ve used…. Really caught my eye…. thanks so much for sharing your creativity….

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