Spotlighting Technique

by Beate Johns

This technique is great to spotlight part of your image. It's a fun way to use detailed stamps and only color part of of the image.


  • Two paper punches or cutting system that gives you nested shapes

  • Outline image stamp

  • Coloring mediums (here Aqua painter and waterbased ink)
  • Cardstock (here Shimmery White)

  • Black Stazon™


  1. Step 1

    Stamp the main image in Black Stazon™ ink.

  2. Step 2

    Stamp the part of the image that will be highlighted again, this time on a smaller piece of cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Punch out the part of the image that will be highlighted.

    (Or use a cutting system to cut it out.)

  4. Step 4

    Color in the punched image.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere image to a slightly bigger, colored cardstock punch out.

    This will draw attention to the image.

  6. Step 6

    Line up the layered punch out over the main image and tape down.

  7. Step 7

    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 Spotlighting Technique. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I love it - the simplicity reminds me that something fabooolus can be something simple... great job!!
Jamie Albanese  |  Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 4:16 PM
Hi Beate,

I just wanted to let you know how beautiful your card is.

This was one of the first techniques that I learned and have totally forgottten about it.

So thanx for the reminder, now I will go and work on some more cards with this technique.

Inky Huggz,
Missy Olson  |  Sat Dec 27, 2008 at 8:20 AM
Is the aqua painter the same as the Stampin Up blender pens?
Paula  |  Wed Jan 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM
I had never done this, but wanted to, and forgot about it. thanks, this is a beauty! Gin
stamps4funGin  |  Thu Jan 22, 2009 at 9:51 AM
Love this technique...haven't done it in awhile but it's classic!
Lyn Bernatovich  |  Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 4:31 AM
hi there,
i am fairly new 2 stamping so i haven;t seen this technique before i love it. I will defo be having a play at doing it
mandy b  |  Wed Sep 16, 2009 at 8:12 AM
Adhere image to a slightly bigger, colored cardstock punch out.
square peg web  |  Wed Jun 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM
Love this technique but I can not seem to get the background circle small enough. Can you tell me what size punches you used for you 2-circles?
I have a 1 1/2 punch for the first one then the 1 3/4 punch circle is to large and it doesn't look good. Help!!!!!
poohbear54  |  Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:43 AM
For the sample in the photo tutorial I used Stampin' Up!'s 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches.
For the sample in the video tutorial I used Circle Nestabilities.
Beate  |  Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:50 AM
Great card & will be fun to try.
Thanks for your easy to understand tut.
Sharon Buchanok  |  Thu Jun 5, 2014 at 1:23 AM

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