Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Spotlight Challenge with Sarah Martina Parker

We are focusing on adding dimension this week and who better to give us a helping hand than Sarah Martina Parker? She is a queen when it comes to layering and she is reigning supreme with this beauty!

Just look at all of that dimension! She's used several techniques in this card. Texture? Check. She's used both fabric and glitter. Height? Check. She's gone both ways here by using the Modern Numerals Die to create a letterpress effect and by popping elements up on foam tape. Color? Check. She's chosen to let several elements fade into the background by leaving them tone-on-tone, while spotlighting others with color.

I've chosen to highlight her spotlight technique. I love her clever use of the Modern Numerals Die, specifically how she used color to add dimension and then took it a step further by using glitter to spotlight the number "3". Using your dies to letterpress is a great way to really stretch your supplies. And if you haven't seen it yet, here's the sandwich construction I use for the Sizzix Big Shot.

Sandwich Construction (bottom-top):
  1. Multipurpose Platform - Tab 2
  2. Silicone Embossing Mat
  3. Cardstock
  4. Die (face down)
  5. Hard Embossing Plate
  6. Cardstock shim as needed *note that the depth of your impression will depend on the thickness of your cardstock, your machine, and your shim(s) - adjust as needed*

Wplus9 Supplies:
Stamps: Whole Lotta' Happy // Dies: Happy Trio Die, Modern Numerals Die // Cardstock: Oatmeal

So what do you think? Want to give it a try, I'd love to see what you come up with. If you don't have a die cutting machine, you can still achieve the spotlight effect by stamping multiple images in one color and spotlighting another by stamping it a different color. Or you could stamp lined images and then choose one to spotlight by coloring it in. There are several options! If you want to play along, add your link below using the Inlinkz button. We'll keep the link open throughout the month.


  1. Fabulous dimension! Love Sarah's style! :)

  2. Thanks for the sandwich info. Great card...and now, I'm hungry and want to letter press with my dies!:)

  3. luv this card, great way to add depth!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  4. I love all the ways she gets dimension on this card - so creative!


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