Mixing It Up - A Different Kind of Spotlight

Mixing It Up - A Different Kind of Spotlight

Lisa here and lately I've been playing along with a cool spotlight kind of technique and I thought I'd share it with you today!  I usually pick some kind of frame and everything outside of the frame is black and white and everything inside is colorful.  For this one I started by taking a white panel and using the Circular Harlequin stencil to apply some Black Soot Distress Oxide.

After the entire panel was covered with the Circular Harlequin pattern, I cut a piece of cardstock that I knew I could fill my frame with... a little bigger is better than smaller.  I placed that paper over my pattern diagonally in the center (because I like to make my frames a little tilted) and then placed the stencil over both, lining up the pattern on the edges so that I could have the patterns match up on either side of the frame.  It helps if you add some tape to the back of the paper (upside down) first so that when you get the stencil in the correct position you can press down and adhere them together.

Then I moved the paper to my work surface so I wouldn't ruin the black and white patterned layer and added some Gold Metallix Deco Foil Gel through the stencil to the smaller white cardstock.  I covered the entire piece knowing I would trim it down and then set it aside to dry while I finished coloring up the images from the Magnolia Sympathy stamp set that I had stamped and cut out using the Scan N Cut.

When the gel was dry, I trimmed down the gold piece to fit behind the frame I would use and then attached it to my black and white background lining up the pattern.  It doesn't have to be perfect because there will be a frame separating the two!  Then I popped up the frame and attached it over the gold piece.

Next I began arranging the images with varying thicknesses of foam tape.  I had cut way more images than I colored knowing I'd want to leave some uncolored to extend my scene outside of the frame, yet still keep it black and white.  I cut some colored images down and a matching image in black and white in almost the same place.  Again there is a frame separating the two so you have to trim the matching piece slightly thinner so that the perspective is right.

And I turned to the Everyday Sentiments stamp set for my sentiment... I LOVE that set with it's wide variety of simple but awesome phrases!

And there you go... I'd say it's kind of spotlighty!  I've had a lot of fun over the last few weeks playing with this technique and I don't think I'm quite done with it yet!  If you decide to give it a try I hope you'll tag me so I'm sure to see it!

If you'd like to see another cool technique using this beautiful Magnolia Sympathy set, check out Courtney's project with it here!

Thanks for stopping and come back again soon for more Miss Ink Stamps inspiration!


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This is amazing and your step-by-step is soooo helpful and genius! <3

Amanda Wilcox

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