Tuesday, September 6, 2022

VIDEO: Curtain Spotlighting Technique + Giveaway

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How was your long weekend? Mine was uneventful other than the phenomenal wing recipe and a rare sighting of my giant stripey guard lizard (technically a Texas Spiny Lizard) in the backyard. He usually hangs out out front by my car, but he was just chilling on the back porch the other day - he's HUGE this year - but not as big as he can get - they can get up to a foot long. Tip if you want to help out your own guard lizard - take your veggie scraps and toss them near where he hangs out - which for me is a big oak tree. That will attract the bugs he likes. He's currently enjoying some celery bait I tossed out the other day. (Why don't they sell just one stalk of celery?)

Today is Hero Arts Kit Day! It's a beautiful, fall-themed kit with one of my favorite things in it - rub-ons! And the die in the kit matches those as well, which is super cool. 

I felt like coloring though, so I decided to do a spotlighting technique with a few twists - I'm calling it curtain spotlighting. I used the cling that comes in the kit and I did distressed inking on it with Granite. I used matte Duralar for the curtains, and OLO and Graphit Markers for the coloring (coupons for both below). After I put it all together with my favorite vellum adhesive, I added a few Hero Pearls dots. It just looks so elegant.

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Look at this stunning kit - those colored images are the rub-ons. So beautiful. I hope rub-ons make a roaring comeback.

This was my sneak peek card from Sunday - you can see how I made that one step-by-step in my last post. So dramatic and vibrant. I love the little fruit images in the kit.

One of the add-ons is a beautiful little single stamp. I added paint to my 3x5 gel press and then used the stamp to repetitively lift paint from the image. I let that dry and then pulled it with a layer of white paint. I added a little shading with a grey colored pencil and added Hero Pearls where the dots were on the image. I used the Noel die and black glitter paper to finish. It's my humble opinion that black isn't used enough on holiday cards - so elegant!

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Here are all the add-ons this month - I LOVE that artichoke one

So here is my video for the curtain technique - come back for the giveaway info!

We will give away a $50 gift card, drawn from the comments left across the hop. Enter by Sunday, September 11th at 11:59pm Pacific, and the winner will be announced HERE the following week.

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  1. I am so new at this that I can say I have never seen the spotlight technique. Thank you for sharing your beautiful card. :) Pet your crafting mascot kitty for me.

  2. Can I just say that NOEL card is fabulous

  3. The look of the rub on is wonderful artsy looking.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  4. Such gorgeous cards! Love the designs and colors.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. Your cards are beautiful! I love what you did with the vellum!

  6. I really like the spotlight card. Thank you for sharing

  7. Gorgeous cards! I LOVE your fruit one!

  8. I love this curtain idea but really like the Noel gel pull card. I guess the colors and the music background really appeal to me.

  9. Beautiful cards! This spotlight technique is new to me - thanks for sharing!

  10. What striking cards you've created. Love your clever designs and techniques!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Awesome take on the spotlight technique. I like this look a lot!

  12. Fabulous cards. I like the curtain spotlight technique.

  13. What an interesting variety of cards!

  14. Gosh! This is a fabulous blog hop for all of the inspiration and gorgeous ways to use this wonderful fall kit!! It is so versatile and I see using it with sympathy cards as well!!

  15. Beautiful designs and colors! I love the cards you created!

  16. Delightful cards Lydia! I appreciate the inspiration :)


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