Spotlighting Butterflies, and In Colors 2017-19

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I loved highlighting the Botanical Butterfly DSP with the Spotlight technique.   With the Spotlight technique, you choose to color, embellish, or otherwise "highlight" only one area of your card front.  It's a beautiful way to draw attention to the details of this DSP.

I also wanted to use some of the In Color 2017-2019 choices.  This is a great set of five colors that will be retiring in June.  They will retire to make way for five new In Colors, but it's always a little sad to see them go.  I will especially miss Fresh Fig!  The good news is that there is still time to buy most of the products in these In Colors.  But once they are sold out I assume they are just gone, so if you can't live without any of these, pop on over to my store and do a little shopping.  Here are the links to the cardstock, but as with all SU! colors, there are many coordinating products in these same colors.

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With this first card I chose what I would call "normal" Spotlight, where the small area is in full color with the rest of the card front being subdued.  I  chose to use Stampin' Blends because I wanted to do a little shading, and I also find them very easy to use when getting into small defined areas.  I colored everything - even the background.  Again, very easy to do with the Blends.  I used Lemon Lime Twist for the card base, and I used another piece of the DSP for a mat.  I also lined the card with a piece of Whisper White, and stamped a cute butterfly three times with Lemon Lime Twist ink.  I only inked the stamp one time and then stamped 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation of stamp inside to create a great ombre effect.

The process:  Cut all of your paper pieces.  Then decide what area you want to Spotlight on your card front.  Using a die cut or punch, cut the area to be colored out of the paper.  I used the Layering Circles as they make it so easy to cut the card front as well as a circle mat very close in size.  I used the 2 1/8" and 2 3/8" circle dies. The circle mat is cut from a scrap of Basic Black.  Color your circle and my choice is to make it vibrant and to use a lot of different colors.  Remember, this is the only small part that will have color on it, so make it bright and fun!  Construction is easy.  Mount the colored circle onto the Basic Black circle, then pop up on Stampin' Dimensionals and put back into the design.  Be sure to line up the design carefully so it looks like it just "pops" off of the page.  Then adhere the card front, mat, and card insert and it is ready for giving.

 For the second card I did the reverse of the first card.  I colored the majority of the card front and then for the Spotlight, I kept it in black and white.  I used light Pink Pirouette for the background, and then I colored the butterfly with the Mint Macaron, Flirty Flamingo and Petal Pink blends.  I always have my color lifter handy to clean up small mistakes, and fine tune the blending.  I do love to color with these blends!  I used the same measurements for the Spotlight and mat, and I cut this mat from a scrap of the Butterfly DSP.  The construction is the same as the first card, and I used the same stamp inside this card only I used the Berry Burst ink.

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