Reverse Spotlight

Stampin up happiness always reverse spotlight

The latest Splitcoast Color Challenge (CC188) is a tribute to Breast Cancer Month, and includes Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Whisper White.  TIP:  All Splitcoast Daily Challenges are now located on my left side bar. 

What an important cause and the perfect colors for the baby card I needed for my nephew and his wife–expecting their first girl after two rambunctious boys.  Please check out this post if you missed my personal request for cards for my sister-in-law, Karol, battling breast cancer and soon to be the world's greatest grandma to this baby girl, her first granddaughter. 

The Reverse Spotlight Technique gives a textured, multi-colored look to a card.  I stamped the butterfly image from Happiness Always (Hostess Level 3) in Basic Black on Whisper White.  It was stamped again on Pink Pirouette five times. TIP:  Did you know that you can earn hostess rewards (free stamps and merchandise) with a personal on-line order?  No need to host a party.  Check out the details and the current special offer!

Stampin up happiness always reverse spotlight close up
Using a 1 3/8" Circle Punch (although, depending on the size of your object your can certainly vary this size), I punched five areas of the white panel where part of the butterfly would "morph" into pink.  Each Pink Pirouette butterfly was snipped out and placed behind the white image and layered on a background of Basic Black.  The card base is  5.25 x 5.25 in yummy Pink Pirouette Textured card stock.  TIP:  Textured card stock adds such a regal touch, especially when combined with other embossing!

The banner consists of a strip of Whisper White that had a quick dance with my Big Shot and the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.  It's layered on Basic Black.  The sentiment is from Full of Life (it's my "go to" set lately), Basic Black ink on Whisper White card stock.  I popped it out and embossed it with my Big Shot and Long Rectangle Nestabilities to give it a raised edge . . . very rich.

The sentiment is layered on Pink Pirouette and one of Stampin' Up!'s fabulous new Filigree Designer Brads jazzes up the right corner.  TIP:  For extra sparkle, tuck a rhinestone brad in the center.  TIP:  I lined up three pastel pink micro brads using a paper piercer and template (Stampin' Up! Crafter's Tool Kit).  A precious Pink Pirouette strip of 5/8" striped Grosgrain Ribbon is the finale. 


Stamp Set:  Happiness Always (Hostess Level 3), Full of Life
Paper:  Pink Pirouette Textured and Smooth, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink:  Basic Black
Cool Tools:  1 3/8" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Nestabilities Long Rectangles
The Perfect Touch:  Designer Brads Filigree, Circle Rhinestone Brad (Pretties Kit), 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon Pink Pirouette, Pastel Micro Brads

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Happiness always

Full of life


  1. love it!! i haven’t tried my hand at this technique for so long…i love this card!! great colors!! hope your feeling better!!

  2. Now THAT is an amazing card. As a breast cancer survivor, I always wish a little that pink wasn’t the color chosen to remind me of that particular time in my life – not my favorite color…always seems a little ambivalent to me – but this use of PINK is very vivacious. Thank you.

  3. Wow! Your card looks spectacular. I LOVE your sample of this technique! Absolutely stunning.
    Hugs and smiles

  4. What a cool idea. I love the idea of making the butterflies black and pink. Your card is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you made your card.

  5. Mary, this is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the pink/black/white color combo. Nice work!

  6. Oh my – Mary – this is sooo pretty!!!

  7. Love the card a new techinique to try. Thanks.

  8. Colleen Kramer

    Wow—love the morph technique–new to me! Love the deliberate choices of the embossing, brad, and the striped ribbon. Yum!

  9. Ahh, I love pink! Looks great, Mary! Love all the detail, the filigree brad, embossed nesti, textured cardstock, it’s all yummy! Hugs, Monica

  10. Grace Lange-Way

    That is just the most beautiful stamp set! Your card, as always, is just exceptional. Thanks again for sharing your talent, your expertise and your friendship.

  11. Simply beautiful Mary!!
    God bless

  12. Cool technique Mary! This looks so pretty!!!
    Have a great day.

  13. Is this ever beautiful! This card has a definite WOW factor for sure.

    I didn’t know you had this stamp set! What a beautiful way to showcase it. I want it now after seeing your card.

  14. Beautiful job, Mary! Color combo was perfectly executed =)

  15. This is absolutely gorgeous!!

  16. Wow, this card looks amazing! You really did this color combo justice. Love the spotlighting – it works so well with this stamp set!

    Congrats on a great card!

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