Sometimes you don’t need the whole picture presented to you, just snippets in spotlights. That was my inspiration for my card this week anyway. I like the Stampin’ Up! Field of Flowers for silhouette images but I’m not keen on the coloured version so I thought I’d play around with it to see how I could use the coloured stamps on a card using the spotlight technique.
I began by stamping the leaves in Mint Macaron and the flowers in Rococo Rose, Highland Heather and So Saffron together with a few dragonflies in Smoky Slate. Then I used various punches to cut circles to make my spotlights.
Next, I made my background by stamping the sentiment and ink blending a few circles using my sponge daubers and my homemade circle mask.
For the liner and envelope, I punched a circle from a post-it note and stamped the images into the hole so that the image would have a circular shape to mirror the spotlights on the fronts.
Lastly, I assembled the card, gluing some spotlights directly onto the card front and raising some up on foam dimensionals, and adding a few rhinestones.
I’m really happy with the results of my experiment!
This is a handy technique for using up those old bits of DSP you’ve got lying around after finishing other projects. However, you can also just use coloured card or even a single colour card that’s been textured with embossing folders.
To begin, I cut a bunch of wonky strips – ones where the edges aren’t parallel. The strips need to be longer than the card panel you’re sticking them to. As I was making a single colour, I added texture to my strips by using a variety of embossing folders.
It’s not entirely necessary but makes life a lot easier to have a non-stick sheet to put the card layer on that the strips will be stuck to. This is because the strip overhang will have glue on and will stick to anything underneath. I roughly planned out my strip arrangement and began to glue them in place, leaving a small gap between each strip.
After the glue dried, I turned my card over and trimmed the strips with scissors, using the edge of the card panel as my guide.
I layered my strippy panel on a Champagne foil sheet but ‘gutted’ it first so as not to waste the inner portion and then mounted onto my card base.
The last step is to add the sentiment and any decorative elements. I cut some leaf shapes using the Forever Flourishing dies from the gutted piece of Champagne foil and stamped some foliage images on the liner and envelope.
I also made another card using the Playful Pets DSP together with some blank card strips to tone down the patterns. The dog is cut from the DSP using one of the Pampered Pets dies.
It really changes up the look using different card and paper and creates fun, unique backgrounds.
This week, I learned that a technique that I’ve been using for years actually has a name! It’s called the Faux Torn technique, as the finished card looks like it has a torn strip of patterned paper stuck to the card when it’s actually an inked panel. It’s very simple to do and a change of the inked colours or stamped images completely alters the look.
To begin, I tore the edges off the sticky edge of a post-it note although torn copier paper will do just fine too.
Next, I blended two or three complementary colours into the torn gap, followed by some simple stamping.
Lastly, I added a greeting and mounted the card on layers to match the blended colours.
This is another version done in different colours and stamp.
For this card, rather than just simple stamping, I heat embossed the design and then used the Subtle embossing folder for some texture.
My last card was a card for my in-laws’ 40th wedding anniversary. I repeated the torn panel to cover more of the card background.
Four cards, each with a completely different look!