Spotlight Die Cut Coloring + Blog Hop!

July 14, 2017

Hi there! Today’s video shares two ways to spotlight a stamped image or scene using dies and coloring to make it pop from the rest of the card. This post is also part of the Pretty Pink Posh blog hop to celebrate the awesome new stamps, dies, and sequins for July (more info at the end of the post).

Watch the full tutorial HERE in HD!

For the first card, I stamped a hot air balloon scene using the adorable Fly Away Friends stamp set. Then, I cut out the center using the biggest Stitched Diamonds die which adds fun stitching detail on the edges. I popped up the middle portion with coloring to spotlight it and embellished with the Tutti Fruitti sequin mix!

To color in the inner panel, I used Peerless watercolors to get super vibrant colors that stand out from the white cardstock. I also painted some blue cloud patterns in the background to make it stand out from the white background.

On the second example, I stamped an underwater scene across the card using the Sea Friends stamp set. Next, I die cut out the scene on an angle using the largest Scallop Diamond Tags die which gives some fun scallop and stitching detail on the edge. Then, I popped up the outer panel and added the inside window flat onto the card. To finish off the card, I added some of the Mermaid sequins mix and white pen detail.

To color in this panel, I used Copic markers to save time and get great blended results. I added some wave patterns in the background to make it pop against the white cardstock.


On today’s hop, there are two $25 gift cards up for grabs. Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop. Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 7/18/2017 and the winners will be announced on the Pretty Pink Posh blog.

Keep hopping along:

Simon Hurley < you are here


All of the supplies used in today’s video are linked below. I do get a portion of the profit (with no extra cost to you) this is how I am able to run this blog. Affiliate links used when possible. I appreciate your support!

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  • Reply Sue LD July 14, 2017 at 6:34 am

    Cute cards. I like your method of spot light die cutting.

  • Reply Teresa Doyle July 14, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Great cards Simon and the partial colouring is adorable! (I’ll have to watch the video tonight!) TFS!

  • Reply Mariken July 14, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Love your cards, they are so beautiful!! Great release!
    Mariken x

  • Reply Darya July 14, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Be sure to check out the video. Interesting idea!

  • Reply Jeanne Beam July 14, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Great card Simon. Thanks for sharing…

  • Reply Angeline Choo July 14, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I absolutely love the spot coloring! Just gives it the focus … super cute !

  • Reply Stacey July 14, 2017 at 8:40 am

    I LOVE that technique, I can’t wait to go home and give it try, great cards!

  • Reply Bonnie July 14, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Very creative….love this technique!

  • Reply Natalie Godfrey July 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Cute cards! You did an awesome job.

  • Reply Stef White July 14, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Great cards, this is such a cool technique!

  • Reply Becca Y July 14, 2017 at 9:01 am

    What fabulous designs and a pretty technique.

  • Reply Valerie Breingan July 14, 2017 at 9:19 am

    Great cards Simon.I just love the first one.You did a great job on them.

  • Reply Dee Earnshaw July 14, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Love your cards and the fun spotlight technique:)

  • Reply Debbie Rumpza July 14, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Great technique . Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kelly B July 14, 2017 at 9:35 am

    This card is absolutely adorable! I love this release!!!

  • Reply Michele K. Henderson July 14, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I like your fun design concept! The colors are really fresh and bright and it looks awesome!

  • Reply Lydia July 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Very creative and colorful! Love both cards! Well done! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Reply Mary Holshouser July 14, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Clever idea.
    It does add a lot of interest to the
    design. Have to try this one.
    thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Sandra Merritt July 14, 2017 at 10:05 am

    Awesome cards

  • Reply Sobia S July 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

    The popped up area of the card is such a great idea!

  • Reply Elise Smith July 14, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Cute cards! I love your idea to only color in certain sections 🙂

  • Reply Amy M. July 14, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Love your idea to die cut the center of the card and to only color that part to make it pop!!!

  • Reply Jennifer Byron July 14, 2017 at 11:16 am

    The hot air balloon is so cute!

  • Reply Tracy A July 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

    Great cards. I really love them. Thanks for including the video. As a newbie to card making they are always so helpful.

  • Reply Karen Gerek July 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Two really great cards today Simon. Loved the video as well.

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