Butterfly Brilliance – Simple Spotlight Techniques

If you love butterflies, you are going to fall in love with the new Butterfly Brilliance collection. This is one of the beautiful product suites coming out in the 2021-2022 Stampin’ Up! Annual catalog and it’s available NOW as part of an early release promotion. So today, I have some beautiful yet simple card ideas to share featuring products from the collection. Plus, we will use a simple Spotlight Technique to show off the gorgeous butterfly images from the stamp set and the designer paper.

Spotlight Techniques

The spotlight technique involves highlighting a portion of a stamped image to draw attention to it. And of course there are a variety of ways you can use this technique in your card making. One way to spotlight an image is by coloring a portion of the image using markers, stampin’ blends or colored pencils. Learn more about this style of spotlighting HERE.

The second way to use the spotlight technique is to stamp an image using a neutral color and then highlight it with a colorful image. For these cards, start by stamping the Butterfly Brilliance image on the white card front using Smoky Slate ink. This creates a muted or neutral background on the card. The cool thing about this stamp is that you can stamp all 6 of the butterflies at once! Once you have the gray images stamped, choose one of the butterflies to highlight. In this case, I cut out the butterflies from a piece of the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series paper to use as a spotlight. For the finishing touch, add a bit of DSP to the top and/or bottom of the card to dress it up.

Background Colors

The spotlight technique is more dramatic when you use a neutral color for the background. However, it works fabulous with coordinating colors as well. Take a look at this first card where the background butterflies are stamped using Daffodil Delight. The color coordinates with the swallowtail image from the Bijou Designer Series Paper. The card on the right is features the same Butterfly Brilliance images however they are stamped in Smoky Slate ink. Notice how the cards have similar layouts but a completely different look! I love the versatility!

The fourth way to spotlight an image involves the use of another technique called tone-on-tone. The first card below features a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock for the base of the card. The Butterfly Brilliance background features the same color ink, Blushing Bride, as the cardstock. This tone-on-tone effect mutes the background a bit which makes it perfect for spotlighting!

Notice how the card on the right features the same layout but with neutral background colors. As you can see, there are lots of possibilities for spotlighting with the Butterfly Brilliance stamp set and DSP!

Butterfly Brilliance

This last card features a double spotlighting technique. Basically it’s the same concept as the other cards, the only difference is that I spotlighted two small butterfly images on this card instead of one. All of the cards feature extra pieces of DSP which are either 1/2 or 1 inch wide. So these layouts are perfect for using up scrap pieces of paper! For more simple card ideas featuring the Butterfly Brilliance collection be sure to check out my Double One Sheet Wonder HERE.

The Butterfly Brilliance collection is one of my favorite product bundles right now. The large butterfly stamp coordinates with one of the patterned papers in the Butterfly Bijou Designer Series Paper Pack. So you can cut out 6 different butterflies from the DSP which coordinate with all 6 of the different butterflies on the stamp! This makes it super easy to use the spotlight technique to drawn attention to these gorgeous butterflies. Shop for the Butterfly Brilliance collection HERE.

I hope you enjoyed these card ideas. Have a fun and creative day my friends! ~ Lynn

Product List


Stay informed! Subscribe to my weekly newsletter for all the latest stamping news, sales and events! Subscribers receive a FREE PDF tutorial every week!

Item added to cart.
0 items - $0.00