Beauty in the Spotlight! If you haven’t tried the Spotlight technique — the goal is to make just part of your image POP! For this fun-filled challenge, let’s use this technique and ‘spotlight’ only a portion of your image with color! Link up your Bringing Back Beautiful Challenge creation HERE to enter. If you upload to SCS, please use the keyword BBB11. You have until June 30th to enter! As we unveil our challenge for next month, we’ll share our True Beauties – those card makers who wowed us with this challenge! Winners will be featured on the Flourishes Blog and will receive a True Beauty blog button to display proudly on their blog!


Sorry my post comes up a bit late…..I totally missed that today is the first Monday of the month. I spend the weekend in the backyard, reading two out of a Trilogy of Fantasy books. Now I am on withdrawal. I have to wait until the last book is written (Wardstone Trilogy, if anyone is interested. If you liked the Sword of Truth and Wheel of Time series, you will like this one!)

For my sample I chose still one of my favorite Flourishes sets, the Gerber Daisies. I stamped the image twice on Neenah Solar White cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink. One image was cut and embossed with the second largest Petite Oval Nestabilities die, the second only partial with a Circle Nestabilities die.

The partial image was colored with Copic Markers (Y13, Y15, Y17, E97, E99, E29, YG01, YG03, YG17). The images were masked, the die put back in place and the outside of the daisies were sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress ink. Both shapes were layered on black cardstock, cut and embossed with the next size oval/circle die.

The circle layers were adhered to the oval ones before all layers were adhered to a White Scallop Oval layer, cut and embossed with the largest of the Petite Scallop Oval Nestabilities dies.

A 4″ wide strip of white cardstock was cut and embossed with one of the Classic Scallop Borderabilities dies and adhered stitched under a 2 1/2″ x 4″ piece of October Afternoon Thrift Shop patterned paper. A 4″ x 5″ piece of Weathervane paper was stitched to a 3/16″ bigger piece of black cardstock. The strip was adhered over these layers and May Arts Gingham Ribbon was tied around it.

The image layers were adhered to the layers with dimensionals. Since an additional layer for a sentiment would make this card look too crowded, I stamped dear friend ,also from the Gerber Daisies set, directly on the lower right hand side of the image oval.

A small border decoration was cut and embossed with one of  the new Parisian Accent dies out of black cardstock and adhered to the top right of the card. Snow Kaisercraft Pearls on the accent as well as under the spotlight portion of the image finish of the card front. Everything was adhered to the card base, a 4 1/2″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock folded in half, with dimensionals.


Check out what the rest of the design team has created!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I apologize for being so late today. With the kids last school day being tomorrow, Orthodontist appointments, house inspection and grocery shopping….I just couldn’t get it done. I can’t believe the packers are coming in three weeks. Or should I say I hope we get packers to come. We still don’t have an official date. Military…sigh!

Have a great evening.
Hugs and smiles


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

27 Responses to “Bring Back Beautiful – Beauty in the Spotlight”

  1. So glad you could join us. Yea! This is just beautiful Beate. I am waiting for this set. I love the yellow and black combo. Your coloring is fab and the execution of the technique is perfect! 🙂

  2. Beate, this is stunning!!!!! Wow – I could truly stare at it all day 🙂

  3. Beautiful, Beate! Striking colors and the spotlighted daisy is fabulous1 Wonderful card!

  4. OH MY GORGEOUSNESS!!!! This is a stunner. I honestly wish I could whip something up in a jiffy like you can. You amaze me! 🙂

  5. Sweet Mother of Pearl!!! Gorgeous Spotlight design, Beate!!! Love the black & white AND chartreuse gingham!!! And Gerbs! EEP!!!

  6. What a beautiful way to showcase this image! Love the Partisian Accent die added to the right corner, it really makes such a difference and the added pearls too! As always Beate, you aim to please, and you always do !!!

  7. Eine wunderschöne Karte liebe Beate, perfekt gestaltet bis ins letzte Detail.


  8. OH. MY. GOSH!!!! Beate this is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!! Love everything about this – your work is always breathtaking!!!!

  9. This is amazing! Very beautiful and fun card 🙂

  10. This is such a perfect set to spotlight. I love the circle and oval together too, they pair so nicely. Best wishes on getting all those details done for the move Beate!

  11. Beate this is wonderful. I am fascinated with the highlighting of the one section and only coloring that – this works so beauitfully.


  12. Beautiful, Beate! This is a simply wonderful stamping/colouring technique xx

  13. Beate, this is just gorgeous. Daisies & tulips are my favorite flowers. To it a card done like this makes me smile big. Thank you for sharing. ;0)

  14. How truly STUNNING!!

  15. I love this card and this technic Beate.
    Very beautiful colors

  16. so very pretty! i’ll have to try and spotlight technique some time! gorgeous card, Beate!

  17. Wow! Wonderfully effective technique for this image. Gorgeous card, Beate!

  18. Oh my that is just beautiful, love the black layering and the pretty corner treatment, like how you gave the background a touch of blue too, I still haven’t tried this technique

  19. Gorgeous card, Beate! I love the spotlighting on this one. GORGEOUS coloring.

  20. This is so pretty Beate.. I love the way you used this set. That is the perfect ribbon too. Good luck with moving. It is so stressful.

  21. Beate, this is one of the most beautiful examples of spotlighting that I have ever seen! Gorgeous card!

  22. STUNNING!!!

  23. Fantastic example of the spotlight technique, Beate! 🙂

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  25. Wowie do you ever make me want to try that technique!

  26. What a masterpiece! Your card is a work of art and heart! The recipient needs to frame this and keep it forever! Absolutely lovely!!!!

  27. absolutely gorgeous. I am going to have to try this technique-don’t have that stamp set but sure one of my many floral ones will work. thanks for your great inspiration.

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