Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wednesday Trends - Spotlight Sponging

Hi everyone - it's Karen here.  For this week's Wednesday Trends, I thought it would be fun to show you a super simple, but super fabulous technique called Spotlight Sponging.  It's a fun way to give your image a little dimension and make it pop up out of plain white cardstock. 

Here is a quick little tutorial. 


After you have stamped your image on cardstock, stamp the image again on a sticky note and cut out the image directly on the lines.  Using a sticky note will allow you to stick the cut out image over the image you will mask for sponging.  No tape needed that way.  Just a little short cut :)


Place the mask over the image and then lay your shape template over the mask and secure it with repositional tape.  I'm using a Large Oval Nestabilties die for my shape.  Now you are set to sponge over the image.


Gently remove your shape template and mask to reveal your spotlight behind the image - voila!  You should be able to reuse the mask, so keep it tucked inside your stamp set packaging.  It comes in handy in the future! 

Now you are ready to add your image to your project. I've made a set of 6 birthday gift bag tags, which are also very trendy at the moment. 


I used the ice cream sundae image from Freeze the Moment and the birthday sentiment flag is from Make a Wish, which I made wavy and curly to match that adorable font. 


Add a few buttons and done!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Karen

recipe -
stamps: make a wish, freeze the moment
paper: chocolate chip (su!), aqua mist (pti), kraft, choice snow white (taylored expressions) cardstock, lime twist life of the party (my mind's eye)
ink: memento tuxedo black & angel pink
accessories: copic markers, jumbo eyelets, designer buttons (su!), embroidery floss, baker's twine (in background tags), large oval/scallop nestabilities (spellbinders), corner rounder, medium scallop border die (taylored expressions)

9 comments:

  1. Great tutorial Karen. Love the tags too.

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  2. Thanks for the great tip!
    Your tags are adorable!

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  3. What a great idea. It looks so easy to do. Thanks for the easy to understand tutorial. I love the banner sentiment added to the card. Very nice.

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