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 Andrea Shell July 14, 2017 at 11:57 am

    Super fun cards! I just love this technique!

  • Reply Aroa July 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous technique! I’m gonna try.

  • Reply Carol Godfrey July 14, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Beautiful technique love the coloring I wish my son would get involved in card making like you I would love to share that with him

  • Reply Julie Mari July 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Simon you are awesome. Love your cards.

  • Reply Anne Sturgeon July 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Really great Simon. My first visit, won’t be my last. I love this PPP release. All those sea critters are so sweet. Thanks for your creativity.

  • Reply Pat eifert July 14, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Pretty cool Simon! Ive nevet made a stamp spotlight card before!

  • Reply Debbie Scassera` July 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    What an awesome idea. The cards are great!

  • Reply Angela W July 14, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I love seeing old techniques being reintroduced to people who haven’t seen them before! This is a good one!

  • Reply Kim Maxwell July 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I absolutely ADORE you!! Your cards are great!! I love techniques that use very few supplies. I havent tried this one yet, but you mase it look so fun, that now i simply must. As soon as my order comes in!!

  • Reply Christy M July 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Great cards! Very unique!

  • Reply Cynthia Cole July 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    Both cards are very creative!

  • Reply Christine B July 14, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Love this technique. You are very talented artist. Great tutorial too!

  • Reply Stephanie Z July 14, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Cool effects on both of your cards 🙂

  • Reply Janet D. July 14, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Your cards are so clever, great job!

  • Reply Lisa Coville July 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Simon…amazing cards! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Sharon O July 14, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Simon, I love your cards but I REALLY enjoy watching your enthusiasm grow and your skills improve every time I watch a video you’ve made. You will have a long, creative career ahead of you.

  • Reply Tammy B July 14, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    I never remember to use this technique. Great cards!

  • Reply Abby July 14, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Clever designs.

  • Reply Melissa Ramirez July 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Love the techniques. I’m new to all this, so I’m going to give this a try. Wish me luck.

  • Reply Megan Harp July 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Great technique! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Reply Sheri K July 15, 2017 at 12:15 am

    Great coloring and design elements on these cute cards. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Sivia July 15, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Wow! Love the idea behind the card making!

  • Reply Gretchen Kinsey July 15, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Awesome cards Simon, you always have such great techniques!!! I am so excited about this July release!!

  • Reply Bette July 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Great video and love how you popped up your balloon scene and then popped up your background on the 2nd card. Pretty Pink Posh has the best dies and you supply great ideas to show case them and the new stamps. (drool)

  • Reply Colleen Howell July 15, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Great cards love to see younger people getting into the crafting world.

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