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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Festivities Day 12 & Tutorial Tuesday: "First Christmas" Spotlight Technique tutorial by Val!

Seasons Greetings Everyone🎄
We're now on Day 12 of our Christmas Festivities with daily project shares featuring the new Christmas Collection with other designs from the year making appearances as well.  Join us all month long for lots of fabulously festive creations and leave us some love each day.  Tell me which of the new Christmas designs is your favourite in the comments to be in the running to win one LeighSBDesigns Christmas/Winter digi of your choice❄️

 It's Tuesday and time for another Tutorial Tuesdays segment🎉
LeighSBDesigner Val is back today with a wonderful Christmas card featuring First Christmas from
my new Christmas Collection and her tutorial demonstrates the Spotlight technique🎅🏻

 If you missed the unveiling of the 2017 Christmas Collection then check out the post here and also watch the new release compilation video showing off the 7 new digi designs🎄  There's something for everyone from a realistic winter themed faerie to festive kitties and of  course there's Oddleigh Elves too❄️  There will be Flash Sales going on all month long🎅🏻

"First Christmas"
Spotlight Technique Tutorial
by Val

Hi everyone!
Val here and I'm excited to share my card tutorial featuring our new gorgeous First Christmas digi depicting Baby's first Christmas.  This must have design is now on FLASH SALE at 25% off until midnight tonight pacific time🎅🏻

 Today I'm demonstrating the Spotlight technique which means you take a portion of the image and you "spotlight" it so it stands out from the rest of the design.

I began by printing out the image twice onto Neenah white cardstock.

I used the first print for the base of the card and the second print for the "spotlight" areas.  From the second print I fussy cut out just the baby and a few of the toys.

I coloured up the "spotlight" pieces with the Spectrum Noir Colorista markers shown below.

Sakura pens were used to highlight parts of image and to add some festive sparkle.

I used Spectrum Noir flesh toned pencil to colour the face and hands. 

 I adhered Tim Holtz Glitter Rock Candy with a Quickie Glue pen to all the fur areas of the Santa suit to add fun texture.

I then trimmed the base image and adhered the fussy cut pieces to it with pop dots.  Then adhered the panel onto black cardstock using PVA glue and again onto Neenah white card, leaving narrow borders on both mats.

  I stamped the Merry Christmas sentiment onto Neenah white card with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, trimmed and adhered the text to black cardstock and trimmed again leaving a narrow border.  I completed my card by adhering the text along the bottom edge of the card.
The finished card measures 5.5 inches x 5.5 inches.
Supplies used:
Neenah white cardstock
Black cardstock
Spectrum Noir Colorista markers
Spectrum Colorista Pencil
Sakura Glitter Pens
Tim Holtz Glitter Rock Candy
Merry Christmas stamp - Penny Black
Quickie Glue Pen
PVA glue

Thanks for stopping by to Val's tutorial today, see you again tomorrow!
Happy Stamping!


  1. Fab technique, Val! I have to give this one a try! xx

  2. Thanks for sharing your awesome technique. Im in Love with all the Oddleigh Christmas digis.


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