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Spotlight Background

by Michelle Short July 04, 2019 10 Comments

Hello there, Michelle here and today I have a card to share with you using the new S'mores Bonfire set that was released as an add-on to the July 2019 My Monthly Hero Kit. This is such a cute set and perfect for scene building. 

Marshmallows Under The Stars By Michelle Short for Hero Arts

For my card I started off by creating the background. I took a panel of Hero Hues Dove White Cardstock and added a strip of masking tape towards the bottom. Using ink blending tools, I blended on Soft Brown Shadow Ink below the masking tape for the ground. I then went in with Cup O'Joe Mid-Tone Shadow Ink. I focused most of this colour towards the edges. The tape was removed so that I could work on the sky. 

Marshmallows Under The Stars by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I blended on Blue Hawaii Reactive Ink first, towards to the bottom, followed by Navy Mid-Tone Shadow Ink before finishing off with a little Intense Black Ink at the top. I then free-hand drew in the grass with colour pencils. The sentiment from the S'mores Bonfire set was stamped towards the top of the panel with Clear Embossing & Watermark ink. I applied White Embossing Powder and heat set. This piece was then set aside. 

Marshmallows Under The Stars by Michelle Short for Hero Arts

I took the moon, squirrel, bear and fire images from the S'mores Bonfire set and stamped these with Intense Black Ink on to white cardstock. They were coloured using Copic Markers and then die cut using the S'mores Bonfire Frame Cuts. Although I liked the background, I felt that it was too large for the characters. I decided to cut a Nesting Oval Infinity Die in the middle to create a spotlight effect. I then cut a further three ovals from white cardstock. I adhered the outside piece of the background on to a top-folding card base first and then stacked the plain white ovals in the centre. The image piece was then added on top. 

The images were then adhered with a combination of Precision Glue and foam tape. To finish off, I added a few stars in the sky with white gel pens. I think the oval shape really brings the focus of the card to the middle. 

Thank you so much for visiting us today, I hope you have a very happy 4th of July!





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10 Responses

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

July 06, 2019

Wow! Fantastic background and an awesome adorable scene!!

Dori
Dori

July 06, 2019

Oh my gosh that is so sweet! It looks like a children’s book cover, well done!

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

July 04, 2019

Really like this card! and the spotlight effect…

Henriétte
Henriétte

July 04, 2019

Gorgeous card Michelle I love how you spotlighted the background and still not lose any attention for the awesome S’mores Bonfire stamps.
Awesome colouring. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous inspiration.

Leanne in Cali
Leanne in Cali

July 04, 2019

I love how the oval shape popped up alittle highlights the scene and card beautifully! Thanks for sharing!!

Carol E Wortman
Carol E Wortman

July 04, 2019

Love the starry sky! Who would think…Simplicity of a gel pen. The little plus signs give such cute dimension (I’m stealing that idea… thanks ♡♡) Happy 4th of July

Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo
Hilde Larsen aka Tindaloo

July 04, 2019

absolutely stunning scene card ♥

Diann
Diann

July 04, 2019

This card is just too cute. I am gonna try this in my craft room today. Would you think about making a video on this technique? Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Hastilow
Andrea Hastilow

July 04, 2019

Fantastic colour work on this design, I always admire your gorgeous blending, especially like the layers with the oval, great idea x

Lynn C
Lynn C

July 04, 2019

Michelle, I really like your card. I appreciate your detailed narrative of how you did the construction, but especially how you thought about the design. Very helpful!