May 16, 2015


I introduced you to this adorable bunch with a post about the following picture:

Because they are so wonderfully irresistible, I wanted my Stamp-In girls to enjoy them too. However, my rendition of the herd took me several days to complete. And I didn't think they'd want to devote that much time to their own herd.

My goal then was to create something using the same image, but in an easier, much less time consuming way. Here is what I came up with for them to create at the workshop:

Obviously, both of these cards are the same with the exception of the Designer Series Paper I chose to frame the image with. However, the card below seemed wimpy compared to the first one. I'd thought the lighter, more structured DSP would be cute. However, while it IS cute, it just doesn't have enough punch as its more colorful counterpart. I thought that maybe by adding some faux stitching around the border would amp it up a little. While I don't mind it, it is just not zippy enough for my taste.

Anyway, the simple technique I used on my workshop card is commonly known as spotlighting. I have seen several ways to do this, but this is the way I chose for my purposes.

The frazzled chicken that I chose to spotlight looks like he has had quite a day. Eh?

Wanna know how to make a spotlighted herd of your own? Just keep in mind that this stamp set, From the Herd, found on page 15 of the Occasions catalog will retire as of June 2! Quick! Order yours now! June 2 is right around the corner!

OK. Here goes:

From the Herd stamp set (retiring as of June 2, 2015)

Naturals White cardstock (retiring as of June 2, 2015)
Basic Black cardstock
Choice of Designer Series Paper

Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers
Black StazOn ink

Stampin' Dimensionals
3/4" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
Baker's Twine
1/8" Circle Punch

Fold a half sheet of Naturals White cardstock in half, creasing well with a bone folder.

On a 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" piece of Naturals White cardstock, stamp the animal image. Focus special attention on the pressure you put on the center of the stamp so you get a uniformly clear image throughout. This important for larger-sized stamps.

On a scrap of Naturals White cardstock, stamp the head portion of the wild-haired (feathered??) chicken. Color just the chicken portion in Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write Markers. Punch him out with the 3/4" Circle Punch. From a scrap of black cardstock, punch a 1" circle. Adhere these two circles together. Using a Stampin' Dimensional, adhere this circle piece to the stamped image atop its stamped counterpart. There! You just did the Spotlight Technique!

Adhere this piece to a 3 3/4" x 4 5/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock, then to your chosen piece of DSP, which will measure 4" x 5 1/4".

On a 1/2" x 1 3.8" piece of Naturals White cardstock, stamp in black "from the herd". Use the Daffodil Delight marker to draw lines around the edges. With a 1/8" hole punch, punch a hole alongside the "from". Tie a piece of Baker's Twine through this hole. 

Wrap a length of Baker's Twine around the entire stamped piece on the very left edge of the white portion, taping the ends to the back. Tie the tag to the upper portion of this in a bow. To secure the tag in place so it doesn't droop over the stamped image, add a small piece of Stampin' Dimensional to the back of it.

Adhere this completed piece to the card base.



  1. Those are so cute. I love the easy way to use this stamp. Thanks!!

  2. AWW! This looks like it was so much fun to make!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  3. Thank you for joining our Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday Link Party, this looks like a lot of fun to make! Have a great day, co-host Evija @Fromevijawithlove

  4. These are super cute! My daughter loves it!

    Thanks for sharing your crafty creation at Inspire Me Monday!

  5. Love that frazzled chicken! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

  6. Super Cute! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday - Link Party!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!!