Country Livin

Stamping Technique: Spotlighting with the Country Livin' Stamp set.

One of my favorite stamping techniques from years ago is the "spotlighting" technique. I love this technique when used with outline stamps, because I don't have to color the entire image if I don't want to. With this spotlighting technique, the colors pop right off of the page.

It really makes the card unique and a true stand out. I used the Country Livin' stamp set from the Stampin Up 2016-2017 annual catalog. I also used the Hardwood background stamp because it went perfectly with the old wooden truck bed. It also makes for an awesome masculine greeting card.

I do have a video posted below with step by step instructions. NOTE: the video cuts off at the end, however, the only thing you'll miss is me gluing the card together. I'm not sure why it cut out, but I'm new to this video stuff so I'm learning as I go.

This is the card with the spotlighting technique- isn't it cool?


Here's a close up of the spotlighted circles. I used 2 circle punches to punch out the images on the truck. I stamped two trucks. One that I used as the full truck image on the card and one that I punched the circles from, which you will see in the video. The spotlighting looks a little off in this photo, but its the angel that I took the picture.


I hope you watch the video and have fun learning this super cool stamping technique. Like I mentioned, the video cuts off at the end, but you won't miss any of the spotlighting technique.

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Stampin' Up! Country Livin' Masculine Greeting Card

How about a monochromatic masculine "Country Livin" card? I decided to use early espresso ink as my main color for this rustic gem, and a super easy watercolor technique.

I stamped the images in early espresso ink, and used a blender pen to gently rub over the lines of the images to spread the color around. Since the Stampin Up ink pads are water-based, it makes them the perfect watercolor ink. ( except the archival black and grey ink pads)


I wanted it a little darker on some of the lines of the boots and guitar, so I simply squeezed some ink into the lid of the ink pad and picked it up with the blender pen to pin point these darker spots.


I used the "Thoughtful Banners" stamp set for the greeting and the "Classic Label Punch" to punch it out- then trimmed the ends with paper snips.


The linen thread and burlap ribbon, totally pull off the "country" theme of this manly card.


A little sponging around the edges with early espresso ink give this card a down home rustic vibe.

I love how quickly this card came together. And hey, if you don't have a big burly cowboy to send this card to, it will certainly work for a lil' lady as well.

Hope you enjoyed my monochramtic take on the "Country Livin" stamp set.

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Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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