Reverse Spotlighting

by Beate Johns

Highlight part of your image by punching a window and layering a stamped image underneath.


  • Stamps

  • Ink

  • Cardstock

  • Paper Punch (here circle punch)

  • Adhesive

  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Stamp main image randomly all over the cardstock.

  2. Step 2 (Optional)

    Stamp smaller images to fill the background.

  3. Step 3

    Punch out a window over one of the main images. Only punch out part of the main image.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat step three a few more times.

  5. Step 5

    Stamp the same image used for the card front on a different colored cardstock as many times as there are punched holes on card front. Cut images out.

  6. Step 6

    Line up images under the punched windows and adhere.

  7. Step 7

    If any images show under the card front, cut those off at the edge of the cardstock.

  8. Step 8

    Take a piece of cardstock or patterned paper in a coordinating color that is the same size as the card front and tape it under the card front.

  9. Step 9

    Finish your card.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Reverse Spotlighting. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Oh my, Beate!! This is gorgeous! I have done spotlighting before, but I think this is even better. I love your color choices, and I can't wait to make one of my own!! smile Thanks for showing us. You are awesome, girl!
Littlekel90 aka Kelly  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 8:07 AM
I love this card. I am always so inspired by your work!
Shelly  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 8:09 AM
This is so cool! I don't have time to do this now, but I will try it soon. Thanks!
Debbie aka armymom  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 8:10 AM
Just gorgeous...I can't wait to try this one. Love everything about it =)
Catherine Martinez  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 8:10 AM
As usual you amaze me! Thanks for sharing your talents with us! Gorgeous card. KK
Kim  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 8:31 AM
LOVE your card, Beate! What SU set did you use?
Bonnie  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 8:41 AM
Wow - what a great idea, I can hardly wait to try this. Thank you for sharing!
Nancy  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 9:39 AM
This is so much - can't wait to try it. Thanks so much!
Ali Manning  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 9:55 AM
What a great card idea. I can see this done for all different occasions. Thanks so much for the ideas you give. Really starts the OLD brain cells working.
Deena Havens  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 10:01 AM
just love it cant not waitto try this card
ella  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 10:32 AM
Oh, Beate...this is so beautiful! I love the colors, and the technique is so pretty and unique! Glad to see you got you new goodies too!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 10:44 AM
Such a neat idea, I have to try that! Thanks!!♥
Bee  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 11:12 AM
What a great technique! I cannot wait to try this!
Leticia  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 11:48 AM
Outstanding!! I love new techniques and I can't wait to try this. Keep em coming.
Janice  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 12:48 PM
Well now how cool is that! And I think I can actually do this!
Jody  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 1:26 PM
Beate! This is so cool. I can't wait to try it! Thanks so much for all your inspiration!!
Joani  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 1:43 PM
What a cool idea! I must try!
Biggan/Birgit  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 2:21 PM
This is way to cool!
Twila Davis  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 4:09 PM
WOW love this technique....have never seen it before and it really doesn't look hard! Thanks for the inspiration.....yours was a beautiful card.
Bonnie B  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 6:52 PM
I absolutely love this technique! Your card is stunning! You make it look so easy... I will definitely have to give this a shot! Thank you for your tutorial.
Georgia :D
Georgia  |  Wed Dec 12, 2007 at 6:53 PM

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