Spotlight Stamping

by Lindsay Adreon

Use a stamp positioner for this two-toned spotlight technique.


  • Stamps (Two Paper Divas "Make a Wish" used here)
  • Black ink, compatible with your coloring medium (Versafine Onyx Black used here)
  • Embossing ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Embossing Buddy (antistatic bag)
  • White cardstock, 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" (watercolor paper used here)
  • Dark cardstock for card base, 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (Black cardstock used here)
  • Heat tool
  • Stamp positioner (MISTI used here)
  • Coloring medium of choice (used here: Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers, Mowed Lawn, Spiced Marmalade, & Mustard Seed to do a loose watercolor wash)
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the card


  1. Step 1

    Repeatedly stamp an image onto the white cardstock using black ink, making sure to have several impressions that hang off the edges.

  2. Heat emboss the entire panel with clear embossing powder if desired.

  3. Step 2

    Place the dark cardstock into the MISTI. Line up the stamped white cardstock panel on the dark cardstock panel, exactly where you want it to end up on the finished card. Line up the clear/acrylic stamp with a stamped image on the white panel that "hangs off" the edge.

    Once the image is stamped onto the dark cardstock you will not be able to play with the placement of the white panel, so make sure it is exactly where you want it on the finished project.

  4. Step 3

    Close the lid of the MISTI to pick up the stamp. Carefully remove the white stamped panel. Prep the dark cardstock with your antistatic tool, and ink the image stamp with embossing ink. Stamp down by closing the lid of the MISTI.

  5. Step 4

    Remove the dark cardstock and coat the stamped image with white embossing powder. Heat set with a heat tool, making sure the powder is completely melted.

  6. Step 5

    Place the dark cardstock back into the MISTI and carefully align the white panel with the heat embossed stamped image, making sure the image lines up perfectly. It should now appear as if the image is continued onto the dark cardstock.

    Choose another image that "hangs off" the edge and repeat the process until all of the images extend onto the dark cardstock.

  7. Step 6

    Fill in any empty spaces on the dark cardstock by randomly stamping the same image and heat embossing.

  8. Step 7

    Color in the images on the white panel (a loose watercolor wash with Distress Inks was done here).

  9. Step 8

    Assemble the card as desired making sure to line up all of the stamped images carefully to complete the illusion of a two toned image.

  10. Step 9

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Spotlight Stamping. 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.

This is so cool!!!!! Thank you!
Irene Garcia  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 5:39 AM
What's an antistatic tool and why is it needed?
Thanks for another great tutorial. I love that you do these with photos and explanations instead of only videos. Those of us with slow wifi appreciate this greatly!
Amy Morris  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:06 AM
Why don't you just stamp one time. Keep the white on top and stamp off on to the black. That way images do line up appropriately. If you want the white card embossed in black do that and then do the black card embossed in white. You heat emboss them separately. Any reason that I am not aware of that made you do it separate? Very cute idea. Thanks!!
Lori McGarrity  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:12 AM
Awesome! Now just to find time to play today!
muscrat  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:14 AM
Stamping the white panel separately assures that the ink touches the paper. If she had stamped onto it with the white panel on top the layer would prevent the image from stamping right up to the edge and you would have a break where the two meet. Hope that makes sense.
muscrat  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:18 AM
Yes, that makes sense about it leaving a small space. I do triple stamp all the time and it does leave a little gap sometimes but with that when you matt it it doesn't show. With this I can understand. It just looked like she was trying to line right up with what was already stamped on white on some of them but if you do use a Misti I guess that's not too hard. I just don't have one of those. Thanks!
Lori McGarrity  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:21 AM
How cute and creative. Thank you for sharing.
Hope Mitchell  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:36 AM
You are awesome Lindsay!! Great tutorial.
lydia  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 6:43 AM
Amy, the antistatic tool I have looks like a tiny pillow and it's filled with Fuller's Earth clay, which is a powder... mine is called an Embossing Buddy. You pounce it over the surface you're going to emboss on and it lets out a layer of powder to dry out or coat any oils from your fingers or other inks - anything the powder might accidentally stick to.

Lori, I did all my stamping for my sample with the MISTI, but I was working with several stamps at once... I think because she was using a single stamp, it was easier to just go at it by hand than to reposition the stamp on the MISTI and clean the stamp to switch inks for every impression. Clear stamps are pretty easy to line up just by sight.
dina  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 7:16 AM
What a happy card and a cool technique. Thank you for the tutorial.
KAB  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 8:36 AM
Thank you all for your kind comments!!! To answer some questions...
Lori, with these colors of cardstock you could most definitely stamp that way, however on others colors such as the vellum card I posted in the gallery one is stamped in memento to color with alcohol markers the other in Versamark and heat embossed in white. The vellum would show black ink and Versamark doesn't work with alcohol markers..also I too get a gap and without a mat it's very noticeable...HTH!!

And Dina answered the anti static tool question better than I ever could! Lol..I just use mine everytime I emboss or use glitter to cut down on stray powder and a cleaner/crisper embossed image.
Lindsay A  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 9:51 AM
Lori, if you are on Facebook, there are pages where people de-stash and I have seen Misti stamp positioners for sale on them. You might have to wait awhile, but it can be relatively inexpensive to acquire things from those pages. Here are the ones I follow (it won't let me post links, so just do a search on these):
Diana Britt  |  Wed Jun 22, 2016 at 12:37 PM
This is beautiful, so much work! Great card!
Debbie Campbell  |  Thu Jun 23, 2016 at 10:03 AM
I think there may be an easier way to do this. Why not stamp two identical panels then just trim down the white one? Then you wouldn't have to carefully reposition the stamps over and over. So you would cut both white and black panels to the same aize. Then stamp the image in black in on the white and clean the stamp. Put the black paper in and stamp with Versamark. Then repeat for all the images. Instead of just trimming the white panel and layering it on the black, if you cut both panels you could even get two cards this way. One with the white in the middle and one with black in the middle. You could even die cut a shape in both panels and reassemble with the opposite colour.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Thu Jun 23, 2016 at 2:48 PM
Lori, Mistis are on sale today:
Diana Britt  |  Thu Jun 23, 2016 at 2:49 PM
Love this card and the tutorial. I just got a Misti and love the demonstration on how to use it. The comments also answered questions I had. All around great tutorial.
Edie  |  Sat Jun 25, 2016 at 8:06 AM
Lindsay, thank you for a great tutorial, and what an adorable card! I love the technique and how you've popped the watercolor panel up! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Sat Jun 25, 2016 at 5:30 PM
Great tutorial but I'm not so sure the average card receiver would even notice that the (in this case) candles carry over off the white and onto the black.
Maggie Minnich  |  Wed Jul 13, 2016 at 5:57 PM

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