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Sunday, October 6, 2019

And the Spotlight is on...

 There is a new 613 Ave C  challenge starting Oct 6th:  "ATG or the optional Twist: "Spotlight Technique".  You have the month of Oct. to show your creative talents!   For details of the challenge and for some very creative ideas from the DT's inspirational contributions - click HERE!

Spotlight Technique is a good option when the image is extremely busy, or, when you are - [not as much to color!]  
You can see the elevated die cut better from this angle.

DIRECTIONS for this card:

  • Stamp the main image twice. This image: "Santas Everywhere" is a 2002 rubber stamp from Brother Sister Design Studio
  • Choose your preference for defining the "spotlight" area.  One option is to choose a specific shape to define the spotlight- circle, square, oval, freeform, whatever.  You can die-cut the area, stamp [a circle, square, etc.] to define the area - or, just create the perimeter with the color alone.  In this case, I chose to die cut my spotlighted area with a stitched circle die from Lawn Fawn. 
  • That die-cut "Spotlight" is then aligned perfectly with the exact portion of the image on the 2nd copy and elevated above it with foam tape.
  • I used a black card base with a white mat leaving a 1/16th-inch border. The image panel was prepared with a black mat, again leaving a 1/16" border.  
  • A bow was tied in the middle of a length of red ribbon  - the bow was stuck down on the image panel with a glue dot.  The "tails" of the bow were wrapped around to the back of that panel and taped down.
  • The sentiment [Tis the Season] has no markings to identify the source.  It was stamped on a snippet of black paper & heat embossed with white EP.   An oval word punch from SU was used and that punched item was mounted on the lower-left corner of the image panel.

Inside is another sentiment stamped & heat
embossed, punched with a circle punch
 & elevated on foam tape.

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #115 – ATG Always
Everybody Art Challenge #454 – Dies
Crafty Sentiments – ATG
Through the Craft Room Door - ATG Always
Gem of a Challenge - #19 - ATG
Crafty Creations - #399 – ATG Always
Penny's Challenge #450 – ATG Always
AYLI: As You Like It – Fave: FAF & Why [CAS never feels like I have put enough work into the project - LOL]
Creative Playground – #10 – ATG
Winter Wonderland – X-mas: Merry & Bright


  1. Hey, Lady! What a great image choice for this challenge. Your spotlighting is "spot on."

  2. FABulous spolighting Ginny and I love your cute fun image..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  3. A super card Ginny . I love the spotlight Santa xx hugs Jean

  4. Very cute! I love the spotlight techinique! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  5. This is a great Christmas card, Ginny! You are smart to have started your holiday cards. Your details of making your card are so easy to follow - good job!

  6. Great card love the large Santa stamp and your spotlight of red in the middle
    Carol x

  7. OMG love the simplicity of this card, the spotlight pop with those adorable Santa’s! 😎

  8. The pop of color and the layout is so fun!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Anything Goes challenge.

  9. Such a fantastic card!! Awesome theme, perfectly executed. Love the simple colours! The red really pops because of the effect.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)

    Lemon Biscuit

  10. La tarjeta es preciosa... No conocía esa técnica, me gusta, tengo que probarlo. Besos

  11. Ginny, you chose the perfect image to Spotlight, it's perfect! Jackie 613 teamie x

  12. Awesome card, Ginny! It may take less time to do one of these, but the impact is BIG! It really makes the image pop with just a bit of it colored. The red ribbon and white on black sentiment tie it all together. Bravo!

  13. Gorgeous spotlight technique and just the right amount of FAF! Thanks for sharing with us at As You Like It Challenge!

  14. This is really great, thanks so much for sharing your fabulous FAF make with us for this AYLI challenge. Never underestimate CAS, a lot of effort goes into a good CAS make 🙂. See you again soon! Squirrel Xx

  15. Fantastic card and idea .Love your image,coloring and great design...Thank you for joining us at GEM OF A CHALLENGE this week,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

  16. Hi Ginny!

    What great spotlighting! A super card.

    I don't see any reference to the Playground in your links here but my guess is that you're joining in as I did spot your comment saying yes for the prize draw. Think it's also your first time with us so a huge welcome!


    Di xxn

  17. Such a fabulous card using the spotlight technique. Thank you for joining us for our Wk 19 'Anything Goes' Challenge at A Gem of a Challenge.

    Why not join our other other challenges at Polkadoodles and Digi Choosday.

  18. What a great card.. I love the b&W then coloured section. Thank you for joining us at LPCF x


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