Time to welcome a new weekend already! The other day I said I felt like colouring some of the designs in the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP). Yesterday I decided to do exactly that and combine it with showing you some different ways you can do the spotlighting technique using DSP, but it can also be done using stamped images. There are many different ways of doing this technique and these three are very straightforward ways.
The first card I made was the one with the Whisper White Cardstock (CS) sentiment strip that goes from side to side on the card front. As usual, I used my Stamparatus for the sentiments and I found a brilliant way of stamping sentiments on leftover strips of CS. I keep a lot of my offcuts and I’m always on the lookout for ways of using them! When I use my Stamparatus, I always test what and where my sentiment will stamp on my cardstock. This is particularly important if I want to stamp straight onto a strip of CS because I don’t like lining my strip of cardstock right up against the edge of the Stamparatus.
First of all, I take a strip the size I want to use and place my stamp in the position where I want it to stamp. I take the strip away and test stamping the sentiment on recycled computer paper. When I’m happy it’s straight, I put a sheet of the small Grid Paper in the Stamparatus line it up in the corner, ink up my stamp and stamp it down on the Grid Paper. Next, I put my strip of cardstock at the end of the stamped sentiment and take note where my cardstock strip lines up with the lines on the Mini Grid Paper. I then slide my strip up against the side of the Stamparatus going over the stamped image on the Mini Grid Paper and make sure it’s lining up with the lines that it should be lining up with! Then I can stamp and get perfect results every time! This was a great help with the heat embossed sentiment on Rococo Rose CS.
Let’s get back to spotlighting! I cut the DSP to size and used the straight cut no. 4 die from the Layering Oval Dies. To colour the images I used Dark Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blend for the leaves and the Dark Rococo Rose Stampin’ Blend for the flowerheads. I could have replaced the oval straight back into the space I die-cut it from but I decided to raise it Instead. As a change from using Dimensionals I die-cut five more ovals using our Thick Whisper White CS and adhering them all together.
For the second card, i.e. the card with the short Rococo Rose heat embossed sentiment, I used the same DSP and the same die as the first card. Instead of using the two Dark Stampin’ Blends, I used the two Light Blend in the same colours, i.e. Rococo Rose and Granny Apple Green. This time I mounted the painted image on a Rococo Rose scalloped oval die cut with the no 4 scalloped die from the Layering Oval Dies. I stamped the sentiment as before, starting with a Rococo Rose CS strip the same size as the first Whisper White CS strip and stamped using the Smokey Slate Ink. When it was dark enough, I stamped it in Versamark, dipped it in Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it.
The sentiment looks quite brown because it was heat embossed on Rococo Rose CS. Not what I was expecting but I’m happy with it! I chose the Grey Granite DSP I used yesterday to show you the difference it makes if a busier design is used for this technique. By the time I had finished my personal preference is that I prefer the less busy design DSP. I think it’s much easier to see that the design has been cut from the centre, and for these cards, I also prefer the lighter colours for the painting. To finish the cards off, I added a layer of Rococo Rose CS inside the cards together with a layer of Smokey Slate or Grey Granite, whichever is applicable but I as unsure of how to decorate inside.
For the last card, I could have stamped one of the images from the Prized Peony Stamp Set, but there isn’t a stamp I consider to be right for the other two cards. I painted all the coloured flowers on all three cards using my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen. On the first card, I added some Melon Mambo Coloured Rhinestones Basic Gems, and on the second card I added some silver Metallic Pearls. But again, I couldn’t decide what I wanted to add to the third card so I have left it and I will have another look at it later today.
Which is your favourite out of today’s three cards? Mine is the card with the pink sentiment! That’s it from me today. I hope you have a lovely weekend, Please take care and stay safe. Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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