Friday, August 29, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Deepti Creates a Stunning Card Using the Focal Black and White Technique

Hello, friends! Deepti here with my very first spotlight project and I am both excited and nervous :) I hope I will be able to inspire you. I am showcasing a technique often done in photography. I have used STAMPlorations beautiful new release, Bloom Sketches set.

So, here's a look at the finished project. The look that I have tried to create is termed as Focal Black & White. Here we try to keep the whole photo black and white with one focal colored image.

Here are a few examples from real photography to explain this effect and how I got inspired.

Here's a step-by-step photo tutorial to showcase the process of making this card.

I stamped the image on a blank card panel multiple times, going off the edge, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I created a mask for the image that I wanted to keep in color. I used a post-it note to make my mask and adhered it on focal flowers. I also colored the stems and leaves in black using a black Sharpie marker. (Any black marker will work too.)

I inked the edges starting from outside of the panel and moving very lightly all around the edges of the panel. I used Distress Black soot. (Any black ink will work.)

I then removed the masks and colored the poppies in red again using my Sharpie markers. Copic, Distress, Spectrum Noir, and any kind of markers are okay to use too. Since I wanted to keep the colors really bold, I used Sharpie.

Once the panel was ready, I framed it twice by sticking it on white and black card stock. Then I heat embossed the sentiment from the same set using Versamark ink and Whisper Opaque white embossing powder. Finally, I adhered this panel on a white card base.

Here's the finished card once again :) The card was photographed in the sunlight.

That finishes my very first spotlight feature :) I hope you enjoyed it and will give this a try. Happy crafting!



  1. Great idea and thank you for the tutorial - I think I understod it and will have a try on it very soon...

  2. Really amazing technique Deepti! Great tutorial --- thanks! Loll xx

  3. Wow! Super gorgeous! Love it...must give it a try! Thank you for the tutorial!

  4. Absolutely STUNNING card, Deepti! Thank you so much for the fantastic tutorial!

  5. Gorgeous creation and thank you for the tutorial!!

  6. AMAZING - FABULOUS - AWE inspiring!!!! GF you are such an amazing artist!

  7. OMG... that´s looking such amazing !!!
    Great workout
    CU hellerlittle

  8. Stunning card, Deepti, and providing us with the 'how to' is a most welcome bonus! Your abundant creativity WOWs yet again!

  9. Stunning card, Deepti! You have absolutely nothing to be nervous about; you are a very gifted designer and loaded with talent. Thanks for the step by step tutorial. I am intrigued by this and hope to give it a try soon.

  10. Hi Deepti, I loved this so much. Here's my take

  11. Wow !! this is simply gorgeous !! Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial .I am so inspired :)


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