spotlight stamping technique

What is Spotlight Stamping? – Cardmaking Ideas

21st August 2018

We asked designer Marie Jones to demonstrate just how we can achieve the striking spotlight stamping technique for ourselves  – she didn’t let us down!

Spotlight Stamping is a technique that highlights a small portion or certain areas of a stamped image. This is a good technique to use on large detailed stamps or if you are a little short of time to colour a large area as you are only colouring part of the image.

It would also be a great way of trying a new colouring medium, or if you are beginner to colouring by using the small spotlight area as a bit of practice, while still creating a finished project.

The easiest way to create a spotlight stamped card is by using a silhouette style stamp and using Distress Ink to add a shaded colour to the spotlight area as you can see in the ‘For you’ card.

spotlight stamping technique

Any size of stamp image can be used – for a smaller image you can repeat stamp, or for a larger image you can pick out two or three areas to spotlight. The image needs to be stamped twice – one to be used as the main background image and one to be used to cut into to create the spotlight areas.

It is usually best to stamp the images in a black ink as you will be adding colour, but for the ‘Best wishes’ card, I have stamped the main background image with a pink ink for a different look.

spotlight stamping technique

The spotlight area can be cut with dies, punches or just cut out a freehand oblong or square from the second image. The spotlight just needs to be a small area of the main image.

Leave the larger base image uncoloured and colour the smaller spotlight piece in your chosen medium. To add more definition to the spotlight area it is a good idea to mount it onto a slightly larger contrasting coloured card or ink the edges. This will add extra definition to the spotlight and really makes the coloured area ‘pop’.

spotlight stamping card idea

Attaching the spotlight with 3D glue gel gives the image some dimension. 3D glue gel is ideal for attaching the smaller pieces over the main image as it will give you time to adjust and make sure the images details match up.

Final Top Tips for Spotlight Stamping Technique

  1. When using dies to cut the spotlight area hold in place with low-tack tape to ensure the die does not move
  2. Use 3D glue gel to attach the spotlight pieces as this gives you time to ‘wiggle’ the pieces to match the main stamped image
  3. Matt the spotlight area onto dark card to make it really stand out
  4. Try using dies, punches or hand-cut the spotlight areas

Hope you have a go at this fun spotlight stamping technique – why not share a pic with us on our Facebook page or in our private Facebook Group?

This article first appeared in Issue 166 of Simply Cards and Papercraft, you can find back issues at and remember you get 20% off your first order when you sign up to their newsletter!

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