Thursday, July 21, 2016

Spotlighting with Watercolors!

Hello friends! 
I don't know about you...when it comes to stamping, I am kind of old-school.
There is this technique called "Spotlighting". Basically you stamp the entire image and then you highlight only a certain area with or without colors (depending on the design) with a shape. I love the idea behind it and I am using this Good Neighbor stamp from Penny Black as an example.


Today's post is my latest take with this technique with watercolors. 
I have seen many takes on this technique, but I rarely see a watercolor version. A large stamp like Good Neighbor is ideal for spotlighting.
Happy Birthday

I decided to use the Memory Box Stitched Oval Die to highlight the image. 
With the help of MISTI, I stamped the ENTIRE image with Khaki and clear-embossed it.
I made the oval die cut and started coloring the background lightly. Keeping it light, I only used pastel colors. For the white images, I actually colored it with white/silver from the Kuretake Watercolor (36) set. 

HB (close-up)

For my focal oval image, I added lots of layers of colors and shades. Once it's dry, I clear-embossed it twice. That is also why the image is shiny and is almost metal-like. Two more pieces of oval die were added for the dimensions. 

Happy birthday (Close-up)

Here is a card I made previously with the same stamp.
(click on photo for more details)
wish you a very happy birthday

I hope this gives you some ideas/inspiration about this technique.
Here is one I made with the same technique (see below
thinking of you
You can use this technique with any styles/ medium.  It can be slightly more involved like the card I share today. Thanks for stopping by!

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Brenda said...

Hi Virginia, as you can see I have not blogged or made any cards for a very long time. The lack of time has been the issue! But I love coming to look at your work, you truly inspire me with the wonderful fresh look that your work has. I'm loving your "spotlighting", so beautifully done in both cards! I plan on getting to my desk to at least make one card today thanks to you! Hugs, Brenda xx

Karen B. said...

I think this is such a cool technique and your cards showcased it perfectly!

alexandra s.m. said...

Love your cards Virginia and what a genius idea!
Love that partial watercoloring! Brilliant!

conil said...

Impressive "almost no-line coloring". Yes I know you embossed it but, it doesn't look like you did. The coloring is spectacular within your oval and ethereal outside it, creating the perfect card showcasing this technique. Gorgeous.

Migdalia said...

You cards are always so BEAUTIFUL!!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love the stitched oval for your spotlight on card 1, Virginia! Gorgeous watercoloring on all cards!!

Harriet said...!!! I've seen this done but your card is magnificent. I love the colors, love everything. Yes, you have inspired me.

Lisa said...

Absolutely amazing Virginia, my gosh they're beautiful!!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

Oh how beautiful! I love that you still added color to the background!

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the spotlighting!