Video: Spotlight Die Cutting + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today’s technique of spotlight die cutting is a fun way to combine your stamps and dies to create a unique look.

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

The technique of spotlight stamping has been around for a long time. Here, I did a spin on that technique by adding a die cut with dimension. Using the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set and Waffle Flower Starter Tag die, I was able to create three cards at once…

This technique is easier to demonstrate in a video then explain in text, so be sure to watch the video above. Spotlight die cutting would work with pretty much any stamp and die, but I feel it works really great with stamp sets like this one from Waffle Flower where you can “build” complicated images. You could also use any inks!

On all three cards, I “spotlighted” the stamping on the tags by heat embossing with Liquid Platinum embossing powder. I love how the embossed images line up perfectly with the stamping behind it.

On the first card (shown above, I used three new fabulous WPlus9 ink colors – Mojito, Miami Spice and Flamingo. On the next I used pool colors – Hero Arts Soft Pool Ink and the new WPlus9 Ocean Drive Ink

On the last card I used two shades of grey ink (Simon Says Stamp Fog and Smoke) along with pops of color with enamel accents.

(Sorry that I didn’t get the best photos of these cards. Something is goobery with my camera. Shoot.)

Looking for another example of spotlighting with stamping and die cutting? Check out THIS video.


Giveaway time! One lucky winner will get the Waffle Flower Loved stamp set I used above. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST 8/4/14 for your chance. Good luck!

I have some winners: KathleenDolls (texture and embossing paste), barbara macaskill (Freckled Fawn 3-month subscription),  Larissa Heskett (SSS Card Kit), Lisa H ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate),  Ruby C ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate), and  Nandini ($30 Winnie and Walter gift certificate).

See you soon!


Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), WPlus9 (WP9), and Amazon (AZ).



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452 CommentsCards, Die Cutting, Waffle Flower

  1. I love your twist to spotlighting with the die cut. It is a great look. I will be making some of these cards very soon. Thanks for sharing all your ideas with us!!

  2. c

    Once again, ultra fabulous cards with an easy-to-follow video that is ever so informative! I come away inspired…

  3. Julie

    Wonderful technique and thank you for the giveaway chance.

  4. Jenny Kozar

    I have never tried this before…but I think I may soon. Thanks for the tutorial.

  5. I’ve never used these kinds of stamps nor even heard of Waffle Flower in the UK. The tutorial has given me a completely different idea of using stamps so thank you for that, never mind the giveaway, but I must confess it would be an amazing thing to have a go with the flower building technique.
    Paula (PEP)

  6. Lauren Estes

    What a great video and awesome card! I love your videos, they’re so inspiring – thank you!

  7. Mary M.

    These are all beautiful! I love the different color schemes. Also, you totally got me hooked on that layered die cuts technique….I want to do it on every card now! =)

  8. Have been wanting to try this technique for long!

    Thanks for the video

  9. I watched this video, again, and again! The Stamp Set was beautiful! Everything matching, like the little berries on the limbs. I luv this set, and the way you used it. Thanks so much!

  10. Such a brilliant idea and it gave me an immediate idea for my own card. Thanks for the inspiration and your perfect technique!!

  11. Debbie

    What an interesting way to use the die cut!

  12. Janet

    love it! Must try this! :)

  13. Emily H

    This is ingenious! Thank you for sharing!

  14. Mei Totten

    Great idea. Love the stamp set too!

  15. Lynda

    oh my…this is a fabulous stamp set!!! love what you created!

  16. Val P

    This is a terrific look and something new for me! Thank you.

  17. Claudia Posada

    Hermosa técnica, me gusto la idea de darle otro uso a nuestros sellos

  18. Cheryl L

    Thanks Jennifer,
    I love all your videos and I am new to You Tube. I have been a long time scrapbooker
    and very new stamper. After watching many, many of your videos I feel more confident to try. I love watching all your videos and I look forward to watching all the videos you put out and especially the upcoming ones on the new Tim Holtz stencils. I just started to dabble in mixed media. I only recently purchased a couple of his stencils. I have become a video junky and I can’t seem to get enough. Love all the ideas and tutorials. Thanks for all your advice and ideas and I look forward to more. Cheryl L.

  19. Theresa Carpenter

    I love all the new Tim Holtz and Ranger products. Thanks for sharing them

  20. Jan c

    So clever and another way to use a stamp set. Your video makes it possible to
    understand how to complete it. We love combining those stamps and dies!
    Thank you!

  21. Beth L

    I love your cards and this new technique. I would love to win the stamps.

  22. This is such an interesting twist on the spot lighting technique!

  23. These are gorgeous cards, Jennifer! Love the technique you use to make them… and again THANK YOU SO MUCH for the video again!

  24. Loved the video. Such a great idea.

  25. Wei Wei Wang

    This is stunning! great idea~I will try it.

  26. Carlam11

    I love love love all your great techniques and ideas!!! Can’t wait to try this one!

  27. SJ

    Haven’t tried this but you make it seem easy! Thanks!

  28. Liv Nordentoft

    love all of the cards <3

  29. Diana

    Jennifer, I get so much inspiration from your videos. thanks so much for doing them for us! Love your spotlight cards, I want to try this technique!

  30. I think I will try this technique on my next project. Thanks for the inspiration.

  31. Celia England

    I really liked this card. I am going use it for a get well card. so perfect for a simple card.
    thank you for your insperation

  32. Cynthia F

    Great way to give someone a book mark.

  33. Oh the cards are so beautiful! The stamp set is great too! Thanks for your idea and awesome video!

  34. Qianni wu

    That was so cool!!! I gonna make some thing like this!

  35. Nancy S

    Great video! Love the stamp set.

  36. Patricia Coffin

    Yeah! I learned something new today. I didn’t know about spotlighting AT ALL. Thanks, Jennifer. I would LOVE to win this stamp set. The stamps that are branches on which you can stamp berries or buds are so cool. The lesson was great! Now I am inspired to give it a try.

  37. I have never done this spotlighting technique…I will have to try it! :) Great stamp set too. :) Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  38. Sandy Small

    The stap set is pretty, and the technique is great! Thanks,

  39. jpinky77

    Too cute, Jennifer! thanks for always sharing such inspirational ideas. And thanks for the chance to win. (its impossible not to love giveaways) Have a great day!! xoxoxoxo

  40. I like the layering technique!

  41. Anita Judson Harkavy

    Love the spotlight die cutting technique and have not seen it before. Can’t wait to try it.

  42. WOW what a fun technique. Thanks for the wonderful video tutorial.
    Crafty hugs,

  43. Nancy Souza

    Love the tag cut out technique. Beautiful and clever. Nancy

  44. Denise

    Hi, I am so happy I found your videos on utube! I can hardly wait each week to see what you are going to make. Love, love, love the cards you make. : )

  45. Rebecca Parker

    Hi, I cant even remember how I found your website (senior moment), but soooo glad I did!!! I thoroughly enjoy watching your tutorials! I continue to learn something new with each tutorial. Your presentations in your videos are right on target and I never get bored; keep up the good work! I made your (single) balloon birthday card for a friend that was turning 51; I didn’t have the die that you used so I improvised by cutting a balloon from my die cutting machine and placed it in the corner similar to yours; cut off the top and side as though it were floating off the card; then stamped “Happy Birthday in the opposite bottom corner. She loved it!
    Thank you for all the GREAT card ideas and sharing with us!

  46. Love the water color technique and glad for the marker option as it can be intimidating. Thanks for another great card!

  47. Good technique. I just ordered the platinum embossing powder. Love it’s effect.

  48. Celia England

    I am so inspired by the ideas you have. My nephew starts school this year and the little school notes are perfect for him…
    Im having a crafty day…

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