Spotlight Coloring – Make a Card Monday #274

Hi Everyone! Kristina here. Welcome to another
Make a Card Monday video. Today I’m going to be creating a card using the Baked with
Love stamp set from Lawn Fawn. It’s going to be a card that has lots of water coloring
on it. So I’ve cut out some water color paper. This is Strathmore watercolor paper and its
cut to 4.5″x4.5. I’m going to use one of these circle dies from Lawn Fawn, but not as a die,
but just as a template to draw on a circle. I’m going to take a pencil and trace the inside
of this circle and then I’m going to be stamping a bunch of the stamps from the stamp set in
StazOn JetBlack ink. Like I said before I’m going to be doing some water coloring so I
needed to use a waterproof ink. So I’m using my MISTI tool today and this is because I
knew that we the texture of the water color paper I might not get a really clean impression
the first time I stamp. That’s why I’m using the MISTI, because you can place your paper
on the left side and put your stamps on the right and then you can swing over that plate
that has the stamps on it and stamp down and if you don’t get a good impression you can
re-ink the stamps and do it again. I’m glad I decided to break out my MISTI tool for this
in particular, because what I had feared would happen, did. I didn’t get a really good clean
impression on some of the stamping. You’ll notice that stick of butter and also that
spoon and the bottom half of the stand mixer isn’t very dark and that’s because I didn’t
press down hard enough in that area. So I inked up the stamps once again and I just
had to swing over the stamps and then really press down and make sure that you get those
areas well press down on to the water color paper. This time it worked much much better.
So I’m glad I used the MISTI tool for that. After I had that initial stamping done I just
used a smaller acrylic block and stamped the other images, just around to fill out that
area. The reason I didn’t use the MISTI tool for this was because it was just easier to
stamp a few at a time, but I did want to stamp all those original ones in the center of that
circle all at once, because I wanted to make sure that those images were spaced just right.
You don’t have to use the MISTI tool for that, but I thought it made it just a little bit
easier. So now I’m using some water color paints to paint in the images here. Speeding
up the video process so it doesn’t take as long. I’m only going to color in the interior
of that penciled circle. So I’m not going to be painting the outside of these images
that are beyond the circle. I’m sort of making this sort of like a spotlight of color. I’m
going to have all of images on the outside of the circle, be a neutral shade and it’s
really going to spot light all of those images in the center. The water color pallet I’m
using today is from Kuretake Zig. This is the Gansai Tambi water color set. This is
the 36 set. You guys saw me use this last week. I’ve just been really loving this water
color set. So after I’ve painted all of the images, sorry I’m loosing my voice today. After I painted all the images I took some Tumbled Glass Distress
Ink. Just because I wanted a really pale blue and there really wasn’t this particular blue
color in the watercolor pallet. It was all a little bit too bright or too muted. I wanted
to have this kind of this blue color. That was the color I was looking for. So I just
used some Distress Ink. So I finished off some of the little images on the interior
of the circle. The little hearts and also that top of the cupcake. Then it was time
to start coloring all of the images outside of the circle. So I’m using Pumice Stone Distress
ink. I’m using this Distress Ink for the same reason I used the blue Distress Ink before.
Just for ease of use. The color is already exactly what I wanted it to be. It’s already
toned down and if I need to have more color to keep painting I can just add more from
the ink pad instead of having to mix color from the water color pallet. It was just a
little bit easier to do it this way. So after I painted those images in and dried them with
my heat tool I then erased that pencil line, because I’m going to be painting all the way
up to that edge. I took a really really watered down version of that Pumice Stone and painted
all around that circle area. Then I hit it with my heat tool until everything was completely
dry. I’m going to be working on the sentiment area for this card. At first I was going to
have this sentiment on some vellum, which is why you see it on the top of the screen,
embossed on vellum. Instead I decide that I was going to watercolor paint a little strip
of water color paper and then emboss that greeting from the stamp set on the water color
paper. This just made it so the greeting or the sentiment stood out a little bit more.
So I just heat set that until it was completely dry, because I’m inpatient and I didn’t want
to wait for it to dry. Then I prepped that watercolor strip with my EK Success powder
tool and then stamped the greeting in VersaMark ink. I then sprinkled on some white embossing
powder. This is from Hero Arts and then I took my heat tool and heat set this until
it was completely melted. After that I put foam adhesive on the back and then adhered
that down on to the water color piece which was already on a 4.25″x4.25″ card. I then
added a little bit of shimmer using my Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Pen. That will
finish up the card for today. Hope you guys enjoyed today’s card. I think this kind of
spotlight water coloring would be fun on a lot of other types of cards. Thank you so
much for watching and I will catch you guys next time. Just a reminder that all of the supplies that
I used on today’s card are listed down below with links in the video description or over
at my blog. On screen right now are my three most recent Make a Card Monday videos, so
if you want to get some more card inspiration, go ahead and check those out. You can visit
my blog at You can visit me on social media at Instagram, Twitter,
Facebook and Pinterest. Thanks for watching and I’ll catch you guys in the next video.


  1. BritgirlTX March 10, 2015 at 3:28 am

    so cute!  Love this technique!

  2. Christy Gets Crafty March 10, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Very sweet! Love the spotlight effect. I've never tried that before, so I'll have to now. 🙂

  3. LittleStar March 10, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I really liked the the card !
    your nail polish was nice too ^^  mind sharing what color was it ?

  4. Dallas Simmons March 10, 2015 at 3:32 am

    That is the coolest thing I've seen today!!! Very nice!

  5. Brooke Von Ogden March 10, 2015 at 3:38 am

    Sigh. SSS is always out of stock of the stamp sets I want, especially the ones you use in your videos! Can't wait to try out this effect when my shipment comes in. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rachel Kleinman March 10, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Beautiful! What a fun coloring idea, can't wait to try it.

  7. Rhonda Land March 10, 2015 at 3:47 am


  8. Donna Dacy March 10, 2015 at 3:53 am

    Love this design technique. Your color choices are really nice. Great job and TFS

  9. Dawn Tan March 10, 2015 at 4:05 am

    So awesome Kristina. Love this one so much!

  10. Cynthia Clark March 10, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Cool technique.

  11. Ida Helfant March 10, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Super cute!!!!

  12. Annie C March 10, 2015 at 4:31 am

    Oh beautiful Mannie… 🙂

  13. Craftin' Chaos March 10, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I usually love every single card you make but I have to say this is probably one of my favorites. It was genius how you made that spotlight area. I loved that so much and then the more muted colors around it. LOVE IT!!

  14. TheBiteSizedCrafter March 10, 2015 at 4:59 am

    My birthday is today and I would love to get such a pretty card for it. Though I also have a cold so I guess I'd get a get well soon card too. lol

    Oh here I am babbling when I should be commenting about how cute that card is and how great of a job you did telling us how you made it.  You did a awesome job. So darn cute and creative. 😀

  15. Kathy Straw March 10, 2015 at 5:23 am

    Very cool technique and a little easier then I imagined when I saw your card.

  16. Patricia Rey March 10, 2015 at 5:49 am

    So clever love it

  17. Pat Posk March 10, 2015 at 6:32 am

    An interesting card Kristina.  Almost like two different faces of a card.  

  18. KonaSitkaRose March 10, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Not only are the images darling, but the entire design is brilliant! I would love to try and do something similar without CASEing all of it. The idea if fantastic. Thank you Kristina! I hope your voice gets better ♥

  19. Carole Boyer March 10, 2015 at 7:24 am

    I love this effect! Very beautifull.

  20. Erica Miskel March 10, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Love this idea!

  21. fijie crafts March 10, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Amazing!! Love it! ♥

  22. Aurélia SCRAP March 10, 2015 at 10:36 am

    awesome !! thank for sharing !!!

  23. София Смородинская March 10, 2015 at 10:40 am

    OMG! Your cat is sooooooo cute!

  24. Melissa Ventura March 10, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Love Manny's "spotlight" at the end. The way he hides his face is precious.

  25. willysmom1 March 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Loved this idea. Thanks for sharing the how to.

  26. Celeste Goff March 10, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Love the Mannie cameo at the end!

  27. Maria Guzman March 10, 2015 at 11:55 am

    That's creative. Love it!

  28. Robyn G March 10, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I really like the spotlighting of the central images!  Very cool.

  29. Teresa Kannenberg March 10, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Cool card Kristina!

  30. ثريا March 10, 2015 at 1:51 pm

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  31. Tisha Dorton March 10, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    what a cool technique. I also like the last of the video of mannie. thanks for sharing mannie with us. Mannie reminds me so much of my cat that passed away back in September he was 19 years old.

  32. Christine M March 10, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    OH MY GOSH your cards are great BUT…….. I love Mannie.  ooooo his curled tail and then the tail eye mask the best!!!!!!!!!!!

    BTW ever consider doing an manicure video.

  33. Sarah Sea March 10, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    So cute! ♥ (and that goes for Mannie too, obviously…)

  34. Bryana March 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Great idea 🙂  Waiting for my paints in the mail.  I have been pondering which watercolors to get for a long time .. I have the sparkling H2Os, which give a beautiful effect, but you don't always want "sparkly".  I'm glad that I never made a decision because I know I'm going to LOVE the kuretake's!  I got the set of 36 because those metallics are stunning!  Can't wait

  35. Renee VanEpps March 10, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    This is so cute!  Love the creative spotlight idea Kristina!!  And I just KNEW someone was gonna  ask anyway 😉

  36. Tracy B March 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Great card. I want to try it with flower stamps. Helllllo Mannie 🙂

  37. Rigmor Olsson March 10, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Love the card, so pretty! 🙂 And love, love, love the Mannie bit after! 🙂 Adorable!!!

  38. Kathy Sammartano March 10, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Clever and cute!

  39. ladybug March 10, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I really like your card.

  40. Terrie Rodrigue March 10, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Great technique with the spotlighting
    well done Kristina

  41. Helen Mcwilliam March 10, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Far to cute!! Thanks for sharing 😊

  42. Lynn H. March 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I have a set of similar stamps that I've never known what to do with.  This is a perfect technique – thank you!  Love the Mannie cam at the end. :0)

  43. Vianney March 10, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Such a beautiful card! Great technique!

  44. Clara Chartier March 10, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    this technique is AWESOME .

  45. Jose Cruz March 11, 2015 at 12:26 am

    I wish I were as creative as you. It's really beautiful. 🙂

  46. Like90 March 11, 2015 at 1:06 am

    Cute 😀 I love the water color set, very vibrant! Yay you should put mannie at the end of every video – what a cutie!

  47. mary w March 11, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Your cat sure didn't want to wake up and we were disturbing it. LOL

  48. Creative Catastrophe March 11, 2015 at 3:39 am

    Too cute!

  49. Adri Silva March 11, 2015 at 4:47 am

    I didn't see in the product list what the black mat that you stamped on was or where to purchase

  50. Hallmark Scrapbook March 11, 2015 at 4:53 am

    What a sleepy cute kitty! really fun card too!

  51. LadyinGrey March 11, 2015 at 11:51 am

    Is there anything to remove melted embossing powder?

  52. Karen Robertson March 11, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Cute card. your kitty is so cute, Ah the life of a house cat.

  53. Sharon Johnstone March 11, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    I Loved what you did with your card Kristina, What a fantastic idea, will be showing my girls as they both do art at school and think this could be inspiring for their art projects.
    Love the idea of your Misti stamp tool. Never seen such a thing here in NZ, perhaps it's been around a while and I've just not noticed,   (it happens Alot! 😉  )

  54. Urmish Ibrahim March 12, 2015 at 1:08 am

    can you make a video of the diffrent things you use to make the cards

  55. arlene March 12, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Wowww, love it!!

  56. Jill Norwood March 12, 2015 at 3:21 am

    Such a beautiful card! Your water coloring is so pretty! Love the circle highlight!

  57. Doris Ramos March 12, 2015 at 5:04 am

    I have seen four crafts maker cards and they use this steps and OMG all the cards look so gorgeous and so diferents even if they are using the same staps and two of them use the same Japanese(?) Color water palade so cute! Love this card is very diferent ♡

  58. Bizarre & Collective Creativity March 12, 2015 at 6:38 am

    Really cool technique and effect!

  59. shychen March 12, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Your voice sounds like you just cried… ><

  60. Yoonsun Hur March 12, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Really beautiful!!!! Awesome!!!

  61. Nancy Frank March 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Cute card. Wondering about embossing on velium. Is a special heat resistant material used or just regular velium. I tried embossing but the velium became brittle. I was very careful not to hold the heat tool close and just enough to melt the embossing powder. Hope you can help me, I have a lot of velium.

  62. Tomer Nakash March 12, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    how did you create your theme song ("it's moday why do…")

  63. Oscar’s Bed and Breakfast Buffalo, Ny March 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Thanks for the video, Mannie is sooo cute!

  64. Caroline Huber March 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Hey I just found your youtube channel and I am IN LOVE!
    Amazing tutorials and it is super inspiring! 
    Would be great if you could share some more tutorials on pencil watercoloring and on Calligraphy!!
    Thank you for sharing all this, Can't stop watching and following your videos! 🙂

  65. Andrea La Vigne March 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Great card, Kristina! Love the effect of the spotlight coloring. I think Mannie's inspiring my Barney–he's sleeping on my lap/arm as I type! Thanks for sharing the inspiration–and Mannie!

  66. Janet Nelson March 12, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Good looking card.  Thanks.

  67. Tara Kreatív March 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Honnan van az a festék, amivel kiszinezted?

  68. Grace and Mum March 13, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I absolutely love this card and how you coloured it 🙂

  69. Kish Andrade March 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm


  70. Tina Kloepfer March 13, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    The spotlight technique is one I'm definitely going to try because I love it! Thanks a million!

  71. Jeanie Gregory March 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    What an interesting idea! Thank you

  72. ScrapofKindness March 15, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    OMG! Mannie!  I love how you peeked over your tail at the very end before putting your head down.  Today is my sweet girl's birthday… I must hunt her down and give her another big hug and kiss!  Oh, I almost forgot… your mom's card was really cool.  Thank you for sharing!  

  73. Vanessa Smith September 9, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Just found this video. Love the spotlight. Best thing March 9th is my Birthday!

  74. Poppy Crafts October 10, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Such a great card – love the spotlight technique – must try! And thanks for the Mannie footage – he was a beautiful cat, so sweet and fluffy xx I love cats yawns and the accompanying millisecond of crazy eyes!

  75. Chell McLean November 12, 2015 at 6:14 am


  76. Stephanie Pottenburgh November 22, 2015 at 4:40 am

    You use the same pencil as I do lol
    the black 0.5mm papermate clicker pencil is the only thing I've used since I was 14 lol

  77. lena b January 15, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I have that sandwich box 😂❤️ lol

  78. Jtru January 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I love this card so much!

  79. Chayne R. January 28, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    Just perfect! I love it!

  80. Alex Furey February 4, 2016 at 12:01 am

    This is so creative! What an adorable card!!

  81. Katie Lee February 8, 2016 at 2:22 am

    It was posted after my b day last year

  82. Aadhira Arun February 20, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    What watercolor set is she using?

  83. harine ramasamy March 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm


  84. MeWho May 19, 2016 at 3:44 am

    This is probably one of my favorite cards! I've been eyeing, and wondering how you got the spotlight. Between the spotlight being blue, and the fact that I ran the spotlight, it really caught my eye.

  85. cardsstampsandink July 21, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Love the Card Kristina! Question…how did you get your name on your Misti?

  86. Stela Kang December 29, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Hey Kristina! I LOVE ALL YOUR CARDS! This might be a bit of a stupid question… but you said that the watercolor paper is 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 and your card base is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4. Did you trim down the watercolor paper later? (doesn't seem like you did) Thank you for all you inspiration!

  87. Dian Hoosain July 30, 2017 at 2:51 am

    One suggestion have you done a giveaway yet Maybe you should give away cards they are so pretty I would love one thank you bye

  88. Anne Hull March 22, 2018 at 6:29 am

    B.B. b b. Be. A

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