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Technique Spotlight: Reverse Spotlighting

Oh, the best laid plans...

This blog was supposed to post on Friday. Because I didn't write it in advance and schedule it to post, coupled with the fact that I had no internet service to speak of over the weekend, here we are - on Tuesday, 4 days later. I've been super excited to share this fun technique with you, especially if you did not see my What's Up? Stampers! on Wednesday, September 2.

Reverse Spotlighting is using color to highlight an image or an area of an image. Here's how it works: Stamp an overall background onto a piece of card stock. Punch several circles out of your stamped card stock. Using the same images from your background piece, stamp in the same color on a different colored sheet of card stock. Cut out the images and place them behind the open circles of the background, making sure images line up.

Completely lost? Need a visual? Watch my demonstration from September 2, to see how it's done, using the Dressed to Impress stamp set, and some fantastic pinks...Melon Mambo, Magenta Madness, and Flirty Flamingo.

I just love the look of this technique, and since I hadn't used it in a very long time, I'm super happy I decided to share this one last week.

Note that in the original instructions above, I said to use circle punches to create the openings. Because Stampin' Up!® now has a limited number of circle punches available right now, I used the Layering Circles Dies instead. As shown in the video, it's pretty simple, since you can lay three different sizes of circles on the card stock and run them through the Stampin' Cut and Emboss Machine at the same time. See a complete list of supplies for this card below.

In the meantime, perhaps you're not into lipstick and have a hard time visualizing this technique with different stamps and colors. Here is the technique card we made using this technique (I had named it wrong, thus the black-out). Sorry - the completed full stamped card is MIA...however, I think you get the idea. So cool with leaves, too!

I simply cannot wait to have in-person techniques classes again! Techniques can make a card so unique, and having a nice catalog of those technique ideas makes it easier to remember those fun techniques as you're creating.

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