Highlighting Single Images

Hello crafty friends. I’m just back from a week in Okinawa, in the south of Japan, which was, to be frank, soggy! It’s a fabulous place, but the beautiful beaches will have to wait until next time, as we couldn’t see them for the driving rain, let alone have a swim!!!

I have a set of cards showing different ways to highlight a single image. For this set of cards, the images are a mix of die cuts and stamped images.

Onto the first card!

The image for this card is just a part of a Gum Leaves Die. I cut the image in black, and then cut off the part I wanted to use. The sentiment is from the Hello stamp set.

To create the backdrop, I ink blended Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Broken China and Wild Honey. I really like this colour combination for outback style cards, as it feels like it incorporates the dust and the open skies.

The final touch was to mount this panel onto a white card base with foam tape.

For this next card, I die cut the focal image (leaves from the Ella’s Garden collection from Paper Rose) in white. I used a piece of watercolour paper, painted on several layers of 藍 (Yes, that’s the name of the paint colour – it’s pronounced “Aye”, as in Aye, aye captain!) That sounds like very exotic paint, doesn’t it, but it’s actually the Gansai Tambi range from Kuretake that is available in many places for non Japanese speakers. Kristina Werner originally put me onto them, and I love their creamy texture.

The sentiment is from the Into the Woods stamp set from Paper Rose, and I stamped it in clear ink, and embossed it with White Embossing Powder.

For this final card, I added a text stamp to the image. I first stamped the main image from Ella’s Garden Scribble Leaves in chocolate brown, and then painted over it with Frisket, a type of masking paint. Once the frisket was dry, I stamped the text stamp over the top of the image in a very pale blue ink. I also stamped the sentiment in the same chocolate brown at this time. Once I was sure I wouldn’t smudge the ink, I rubbed away the frisket with my fingers, leaving a clear image with the pale text right up to the edges of the image.

There are so many ways to highlight a single image. These are just a few.

Until next time, happy crafting. If you’re interested in seeing more cards, feel free to visit my Instagram feed here.



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