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A fun twist on the Spotlight Coloring technique

Hi friends! Today I am sharing a fun (and easy) twist on the popular technique of Spotlight coloring. Spotlight coloring is typically done when you have an image stamped but only a part of it colored. The colored part, more often than not, is one of the basic geometric shapes. For instance, you might stamp a large floral stamp to go across your card front. Then only a circular area on that stamped image will have color added to it, while the rest is just the stamped lines.

Look at my card here and I think you will be able to figure out the simplification I made. Right? :-)

Hexagon shaped card with a fun twist on spotlight coloring
Hexagon shaped card with a fun twist on spotlight coloring

Yes, I used MISTI to stamp and heat emboss twice - once on my hexagonal card base and then on the inner hexagonal panel. Lined them up so that the inner hexagon is foam mounted and the heat embossed design lines up.

Easy, right? Here are the detailed steps, just in case you need them:

  1. Create a hexagonal card base

    1. Die cut two large hexagon pieces out of white cardstock. I used the largest 6" hexagon from's Nested Hexagons die set.

    2. On one of the pieces, add a score line at about .5" and make it into a hinge.

    3. Add adhesive on this edge and attach the two pieces together. As shown here.

  2. Stamp and heat emboss the design on the card front

    1. Use a powder tool to clean up the card front of any oils from your fingers etc. This helps get crisp lines from heat embossing and avoids getting embossing powder where it should not be.

    2. Use MISTI to stamp the design with a clear sticky ink like the Versa Mark ink. Also, stamp the sentiment at the same time.

    3. Add gold embossing powder and melt it using a heat tool.

    4. Let the panel cool off for a couple of minutes.

  3. Die cut a smaller hexagon from a patterned paper. Make sure the patterned paper is not too busy or too colorful.

  4. In the MISTI align this smaller hexagon on top of the card base where you want the spotlight to be. If the sentiment was also arranged (like in my case), arrange the inside piece to get a bit of both - the image + the sentiment.

    1. Heat emboss just like we did in the above steps.

  5. Assemble

    1. Foam mount the inside piece, and add matching gems.

Done :-) Enjoy!


For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used or the ones you can use for making similar cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support!




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