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Monday, 16 August 2010

Spotlight on Spotlights!

CCM Spotlight 16.08.10

If that is confusing you, imagine what it did to my ME fuddled brain when I was told that was an option for the Crafty Cardmakers Design Team this week! Basically we run a spotlight every fortnight which can tie in with, or not, depending on your mood, the previous week’s theme. For example I could have made a card birthday themed but following the spotlight. This week the spotlight is on Spotlights.

The spotlight technique is where you emphasise something on your project, usually with the majority of the image being black and white and then you pick an area you want to have coloured so it stands out. I, however, decided to do a reverse spotlight. That is where I coloured the image and then stamped it again on plain white card and cut out areas, in my case three, and then placed them over the corresponding coloured area on the image below. I did a tiny mat and layer for each spotlight area to make it pop even more.

I knew what I wanted to do almost from the off but could I find an image of a medieval knight, who might be going to fight a dragon. Nope!! They were either too cutesie, or in rubber and I didn’t have time to order the stamp and wait for it to arrive so in the end I went for some pre-coloured clip art which as luck would have it I think is meant to be St. George, as he has an England flag for his shield. Sadly, to my mind he looks a little solid or flat, but hopefully you get the general idea. I could just have done the dragon on his own but I really wanted to use the quirky little sentiment ‘Meddle not in the affairs of Dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup’ – a principle I intend to abide by; that came with the stamp sheet from Elusive Images.

I coloured my dragon in with prismas and OMS and edged the whole thing with DIs in Dusty Concord – and thereby lies a cautionary tale. NEVER put off replacing your lid on your inkpad. Obviously they can dry out, but horrors, worse than that I seem to have placed my uncovered inkpad ink side down on a pile of paper and then wandered off and left it. A  day later I found a pile of purple paper and an almost empty inkpad!!!!! I bet S!r T!m of Holtz doesn’t make that mistake.

CCM Spotlight 16.08.10 Image

The image is matted onto some DCWV cardstock cut with my MS PAPs and that in turn is layered over some rather lush backing paper which I got as part of my Guild Membership at Graphicus, suppliers of the EI stamp sheets. The sentiment has been cut out with Nellie Snellen dies.

For some other gorgeous samples please pop on over to Crafty Cardmakers and have a look at my Teamies’ creations. There is a really funky one with a post box on it, and some other yummy inspirational ideas.

I meant to put page pebbles over my spotlighted areas which would emphasise them even more, but I forgot. One of these days I am not gonna know who in the heck I am!

I am entering this into two challenges

Stamp Something – Fairytale Somethings – Fairytales are often dark as is the tale of George and The Dragon

Order of The Opus Gluei – You’ve got to move it out of your stash and into a project – Both the stamps and papers have been sitting in my stash for an awfully long time

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  1. Fabulous card, Lin!

    I love the colouring and the 'spotlights' make it a really unusual and very interesting card.

    Beth. x

  2. This is so mystical and free. I love that you chose a wild image. I saw this spotlight technique and had tunnel vision 'flowers'. This image is so great with all the different spotlighted areas! GREAT !

  3. Love this and what a cool idea - you had me chuckling on the mishap with the inkpad. I haven't done that (I've done some other doozies though). And yes, Sir Tim probably never has done this! BTW, good image for yon knight - he isn't cutsie at all but very noble looking!

    Thank you for participating with us at Opus Gluei, I hadn't seen a link from you in a bit, nice to have you back!

  4. Such a great image for this technique - it looks like there's magic in the air! Gorgeous!

  5. I love your dragon, he's sooooo beautiful. Great card. xx

  6. its truly magical hun, love it well done xx

  7. Lin this is a fab card and I love that dragon - I love all dragons - he's fab!
    Great card Chuck - I love it!

  8. Oh those spotlights are wonderful! Thanks for playing along with us at Stamp Something this week!

  9. Love the reverse spotlights. This card is terrific. The colors are fabulous and that saying cracks me up. Thanks so much for playing with us at OPUS GLUEI again this week.

  10. love this creation, its on my to do list, the effect is fantastic, love all your highlighted areas, amazing!!!!

  11. Great card, love that dragon

  12. Lovely card and cool idea to reverse the spotlight!


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