Spotlighting a Milestone (PPA306)

As a cardmaker, I’m very picky about who gets my cards. Are you like that too? I don’t want to pour all the love and creativity I have into a design just to have it looked at and then tossed. #heartbreak #iworkedsohardonthat #nooooooo! But, for the right occasions, and the right people a handmade card is the perfect gift, or gift accompaniment. That’s what my card is today.

Brian needed a card for his Aunt & Uncle’s 60th wedding anniversary. Yes – SIXTY YEARS!!! Isn’t that just a wonderful milestone! I hope he and I get to celebrate that one some day. We’ve got a long way to go, but so far, so good! So, why no mention of the year or “anniversary”? Well, it’s not always necessary, is it. That makes this card so very versatile – it can be used for any celebration occasion. I love that! The spotlighting technique I used alludes to the bright moments in their life together. cool idea – huh?

Celebration cards are perfect for any joyous event: b-day, anniversary, baby, any milestone #celebrate #pmretreatClick To Tweet

So, what is spotlighting? It’s a technique where you stamp in subdued colors, then, use bright colors to highlight certain parts of the design. Sometimes it’s done freeform, but today, I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig for precise placement.

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA306): Kinda Eclectic, Suite Sayings, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Wink of Stella; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #celebrate #card

By Nicole Watt for Pals Paper Arts (PPA306): Kinda Eclectic, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig, Wink of Stella; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #celebrate #card

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Turn on your spotlight

There are two ways to accomplish a spotlight technique. Random, or with the Stamp-a-ma-jig (SAMJ). I started by stamping the background. I was very particular about the leaf placement, as I wanted my spotlights to match up with today’s sketch. To be precise about my placement, I put the base card under a piece of window sheet, and taped the sheet down. Then, I used my SAMJ with the leaf stamp to stamp the leaves on the circle cutouts. To ensure extra precise placement, I used some SNAIL to adhere the circles to the window sheet, exactly where I wanted them to end up, then I lined up the SAMJ to the leaf on the base card. Clear as mud? Maybe it needs a video…

Go Monochrome

There’s a way to class up a card, every time – go monochrome! Today’s Pinnable color combo of Cucumber Crush, Emerald Envy and Bermuda Bay is a dynamic and vibrant trio. How did I decide on this combo? Using my Color Coordinator, of course!

Mix & Match

I used two stamp sets today – Kinda Eclectic and Suite Sayings. Yes, there’s some sentiments in Kinda Eclectic, but Suite Sayings had just what I wanted. What’s more? I could take this same design and replace the sentiment with any of the sentiments from Suite Sayings for a totally different occasion – thanks, wedding, success, birthday… When in doubt, add another sentiment set to your collection. You can never have too many!

Go monochrome to step up the elegance - perfect for congratulations, anniversary and wedding cards; For more details, click through to my blog! #StampinUp #PMRetreat #ColorCoordinator
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