Tuesday, June 23, 2015

{Spotlight Project} Maria Sloshes a Spotlight

Greetings! Nice to be back. Today I am using the spotlight technique and "sloshing" (to quote my teamie Shirley) with watercolors. Ready?

I love artistic, outline stamp images. But I'm not a colorer. So I have to come up with other ways of using them. That's where the spotlight technique came in. And some masking.

I cut a panel of white CS and chose my images - the hummingbird and blossoms from The Birds and The Blooms. I used Archival black ink since I would be using watercolors.

I knew I wanted to cascade the blossoms down the right edge of the panel. I stamped the hummingbird without inking the flower which is a part of the image, masked it and then stamped the blossoms. I started with the one whose center the hummer was visiting.

When finished stamping and masking, I stamped the sentiment.

I die cut a circle from the panel and watercolored it, "sloshing" the colors on. First I dabbed a blob of water to the stamped images, then I dropped in a bit of Distress Ink which I had pressed to an acrylic block. I only went in with a color when the previous color was dry. I ran the circle through my Big Shot to flatten it when it was completely dry.

Keeping everything clean and simple, I adhered the panel flush on a white cardbase and then simply adhered the circle with foam adhesive. I know those blossoms are supposed to be daffodils, but I decided they would make for nice generic red flowers which are the ones hummingbirds seem to love at my folks'.

Hope you enjoyed today's card. Perhaps it will inspire you to look at your stamps through new eyes.


Stamps Maria used in today's project:


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  1. I actually love coloring, but this is such a different and creative use of he spotlight technique I might have to give it a try. The card is beautiful.

  2. this is very beautiful!! love the stamps too.. beautiful coloring in the highlighted area!!

  3. Great technique. Love the idea of flattening it out in the big shot. Must try. Hugz

  4. This is awesome. Love the contrast and dimension you created. Lovely.

  5. Splendid spotlight sloshing, Maria...now if only I could get this technique figured out! Going to try...again...maybe something pretty will happen!

  6. Love your spotlight. It is so cool to bring the focal point to the bird.

  7. Love the sloshing technique on hummingbird, so beautifully spotlighted! Thanks for sharing the step by step tutorial! Must try!

  8. What a lovely card and technique is wonderful ! Thanks for sharing it :)

  9. Beautiful spotlighting, and I do love the way you have 'sloshed' your gentle colours on the spotlight.

  10. Great technique! Thanks for the tutorial....

  11. Maria..the spotlighting technique you used is great! Lovely card! :)
    Suchi xx

  12. Love your card and the technique you used; I have difficulty colouring (darn "old" eyes). I'm pretty sure that I could "slosh" colour onto my cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. oh was für ein wunderschöner Effekt...
    die Szene wirkt so "gefühlvoll" grade zu zum verlieben
    LG hellerlittle

  14. Stunning, Maria...I'm definitely giving this a try! Surely I can do this...maybe..I hope! Inspired!!


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