Sunflower Spotlight Technique with smudge

Today I am sharing a Sunflower Spotlight Technique card that I made using the Stampin’ Up! Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle. But as sometimes happens when we are stamping, there is a little ink on our fingers that ends up on the card! So how do you cover up a smudge? Read below to find out!

Sunflower Spotlight technique
Sunflower Spotlight Technique

The Sunflower Celebrations set is in the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog. If you love to color this is a great set to use your Stampin’ Blends markers! The vibrant color of the Blends markers really makes this Sunflower POP!

Spotlighting is a technique that is used to highlight a portion of a card. Usually this technique is done through a layer on the card.

Here are the details of this Card:

Sunflower Spotlight Technique
Sunflower Spotlight Technique

The Card base is a piece of Crushed Curry Cardstock cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″. The next layer is a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 3/8″ x 4 1/8″. Also cut a second piece of Whisper White to 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″.

Lay the 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of Whisper White cardstock in the middle of the other White piece. Don’t adhere the layer or add the Early Espresso layer. That will come later. I used a glue dot in the middle to hold the 2 pieces together while I was stamping.

Next I stamped the large sunflower on the bottom left of the card using Early Espresso ink. Then I took the layers apart and colored just the center part of the sunflower on the smaller piece. The Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody Blends Markers are perfect for coloring the leaves of the Sunflower. The center is Soft Suede and Cinnamon Cider Blends and the Leaves are colored with Old Olive Blends.

Sunflower Spotlight technique
Sunflower Spotlight Technique

After I finished coloring the part of the Sunflower that is on the small piece I attached this layer to a 2 3/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Early Espresso Cardstock.

Attach this layer to the first layer making sure to line up the sections of the sunflower. Attach this layer to the card base.

How to hide a smudge:

So you will probably notice that I stamped a random background pattern around the sunflower. After stamping the Sunflower image, I got a smudge of Early Espresso ink on the corner of the bottom white piece. So to hide that smudge, I choose a background image that is in the Painted Poppy stamp set to stamp over the smudge. Then I stamped a couple of additional images around the sunflower to fill in the white space and keep the look uniform.

The Last step is adding the Bling. Randomly place Champagne Rhinestone Jewels around the Sunflower and over the smudge.

I hope you have enjoyed checking out my Sunflower card today!

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About Marilyn SanClemente

I am Marilyn SanClemente an avid paper crafter and Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. I love to make handmade cards, stationery and scrapbooks and teach others about my passion.

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