Think of how a small spotlight would illuminate just the face of a person on stage. Applying the idea of only highlighting a small portion of an image has become the â€śSpotlight Techniqueâ€ť. This is a great way to use very detailed stamps and only have to color a little area, but it will work with most stamped images.
1. (2) stamped images of the same stamp, generally done in black or another dark color, and in permanent ink; you donâ€™t want any smudging when you color. One can be stamped directly on your card base or layered on to the card base.
2. Materials for favorite coloring method
3. Circle punch, generally between 1â€ť and 2â€ť *
4. Double-sided foam mounting tape
5. Additional papers for layering or embellishments to adorn your card or ATC.
1. On the second image, select the area of the stamp you wish to spotlight.
2. Color that portion. If you color a little more, itâ€™s OK.
3. Punch or cut out the portion that is to become your spotlight. If you canâ€™t get your punch to that area, trim off enough until you can. Also if you put the image in your punch face down, then turn the punch over, you can see what part will be punched out.
4. Consider edging the spotlight with a marker or ink pad to accent it even more.
5. Add the double-sided foam tape to the back and place it directly over its matching area on the first image.
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*I have seen this technique done with ovals and squares too. You can also use nesting templates, Coluzzles, or trace and cut out around a pill bottle or other small bottle.
1. Layered Variation: Use nesting templates, Coluzzles, or two similar size punches, make 1 slightly larger shape (?â€ť to ÂĽâ€ť larger) in black or a coordinating dark color and glue your colored spotlight on the dark shape before adding the mounting tape on the back.
2. Peep Hole Variation: Stamp your first image on the front of a colored card, punch or cut 1 or more holes in this image. Stamp your image a second time on white or light paper and color it completely. Position the colored image inside of your card so it lines it up correctly through the holes in the front, then place glue or adhesive on the back of the colored image and close the card. It will be attached to the right side of the inside of the card (the part where the saying usually goes). From the outside the image has several colored accents, but when it is opened the entire image is colored.
3. Acrylic Art Variation: You could use an acrylic piece over your image and just highlight the portion under the acrylic. Examples:
5. Involved Peep Hole Variation
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