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The aim of our challenge is to help us avoid the Christmas Stress and rush to have all your cards ready! Our monthly Challenges are themed, We hope you will join us and have at the very least have a few cards in time for Christmas Please Read the Rules, and remember that you can enter our challenges as many times as you like and combine your entries with as many challenges as you like too! Have fun!
Helen, Samantha and the Design team Xx

Wednesday 13 April 2011

H for Hotspot.

Hi and welcome to a brand new challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.

Your host today is me-Dorte- and I have some exciting news to share with you.
This post is going to be a long one, so make yourself a
cup of coffee, sit down and relax.

First of all I would like to say thank you for the lovely entrants in our
G for Girly and the colour challenge.
Please check the post below for the lucky winner, and Top 3.

The letter for today is H, and we want you to make a:

Hotspot or Spotlight Technique card/project.

As always you have to make it Christmas related.

You might now think, hotspot card, hmm......., what is that,
how do I make a such one??
That was what came to my mind firstly!

I searched in blogland, saw some faboulous cards,
and do you know what; it wasn't difficult to make at all !

To help you I have made a tutorial to show you how I made
my first Hotspot card. And I can tell you, this card will not be the
last Hotspot card from me!

It is also my very first tutorial, so bear over with me......


Two dies or punches
Distress or another colouring medium
Black cardstock

Step 1.

Stamp your image twice with black StazOn.

Step 2.

Decide what area you want to have in focus. It doesn't have to be the centre. Try to move the die around.

Step 3.

Cut/punch out the part of the image you want as your hotspot area.
Cut/punch out a black circle a bit larger than the hotspot.

Step 4.

Colour the die cut/punched image.

Step 5.

Glue the two circles together, and layer them on the main image - at the correct place!

Now your image is ready for you to make the card. Just finish it as usual.
Here you can see the result.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Now you are able to make your own Hotspot project. We are looking forward to
seeing the results of your efforts.

We also give you the opportunity to be a

Guest Designer

at the ABC Christmas Challenge for the J and K challenges in May.

Just write GD after your name if you are interested.

Our sponsor for this challenge is Simon Says Stamp, who is
offering a $ 15 shopping Voucher to spend in the shop.


My team mates have made some wonderful cards.
Take a look, get inspired and start making your own card.

And as always, we all love comments!

So, now it's over to you...don't forget to add GD after your name if you'd like to be considered for a GD spot next month :0)


  1. Wow what a fantastic idea and great new technique, definately cant wait to try this one out :)

  2. Fantastic idea - will definitely be trying one of these!!
    Dawn x

  3. What a lovely technique. I'm looking forward to giving it a go. Kate x

  4. What a great idea, I love this tecnique, can't wait to try it, thanks for the great inspiration. Teresa xx

  5. Super tutorial Dorte! And fabbie DT cards gang, stunning work. Hugs Sxx

  6. So happy you liked the H challenge and my tutorial. Looking forward to see your projects.
    Hugs Dorte

  7. Fab DT cards, and thank you for the tutorial, shall give this a go. Jo x

  8. An interesting technique, thanks for the great tutorial. Need more nesties though if I'm going to repeat the exercise. Jx

  9. This is a fabulous idea thanks for the tutorial. I will definately be trying this technique out.
    Love Susan

  10. Thanks for the ace tutorial. I had never seen this technique before, but it is very effective and I think I will use it again.
    The DT cards are really amazing as they are each fortnight and they gave me lots of inspiration- thanks.x

  11. Great challenge this week. Thanks for the fab tutorial, really enjoyed joining in. Debs xx

  12. Wow what an amazing tutorial and what a fun thing to do - i absolutely loved doing it and what to do it again soon.

    Thanks also for my top 3 position for the last challenge, Luv Sam x

  13. YAY!!!!!! SO please you are all enjoying the challenge and Dorte's first ever tutorial!

    See Dorte we knew you could do it! YAY!

    hope to see all those of you that said you are gonna have a go! :0)

    hugs Samantha :0)

  14. Great tutorial and fab DT creations! Thank you, Miria xx


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