Hi everyone, Stephanie here!
Today I’m going to share a neat technique that I really love — masking!
Masking is so cool because you can create so much dimension, but still have a nice flat mailable card! I mail out most of my cards and I really don’t like them to be bulky. Plus, I think masking just adds so much interest to a card!
Some tips on masking:
The first and most important thing you need for masking is, of course, some kind of mask! You could use post-it notes or just a sheet of paper with some removable adhesive, but I highly recommend stamping mask paper, like this:
Let’s get to the card, shall we?
Here are instructions on how to make a card like this:
- Cut your card base. My card is 5.5″ x 4.25″ (A2 size)
- Cut a 5.5″ x .75″ strip of masking paper, place it across the card where you want your sentiment to go.
- Stamp the small flower from the Layered Flowers (CL946) set onto the masking paper about 10-12 times.
- Fussy cut the flowers.
- Starting at one end, stamp a flower onto the card, just above your sentiment mask. Cover what you just stamped with one of your mask pieces, and stamp another flower next to it, overlapping the images as much or as little as you like. Keep doing this all the way across the card. I moved the stamp around and tilted it a little each time so every flower would look a little bit different.
- Do the same thing across the bottom, stamping and masking one flower at a time, until you have all your flowers stamped.
- Now you’ll need ALL of those masking paper flowers that you cut out. Use them to cover every single flower on the card.
- Once all the flowers AND the sentiment strip are covered up, stamp your background image onto the card (I used the Designer Woodgrain (S5208) stamp)
- Remove all the masks and get coloring on those flowers!
- Stamp your sentiment and add whatever accents you want
- I drew a black line along the edges of the sentiment strip to separate the space and create a boundary for coloring.
- I added some Hero Arts pearls and colored in the center of the flowers with a Sakura Stardust glitter pen.
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Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an amazing day!!!
It’s Kelly here with a fun way to get more from your stamps!
Before we get started I just wanted to remind you about our current challenge. Topsy Turvy: Using a sentiment as something other than a sentiment. Talk about possibilities!
and you could win a gift card to Simon Says Stamp. How awesome is that?
Okay let’s get into it shall we?
All of us crafters spend our hard earned dough buying the things we love, STAMPS! But what if you have stamps you aren’t utilizing? We all have stamps that are stained with ink and love from multiple uses. These stamps have hundreds of cards under their belts.
We all also have those stamps that are perfectly clean. These poor stamps have never known the sweet love of a juicy inkpad, am I right?!
Today I’m going to help you fix that, for a few little stamps.
Here’s our first card
The theme is
Without further ado, here are todays cards!
Kelly Rasmussen made this beauty
WOW. what a great way to use up small scraps of paper in a way that looks NOTHING like scraps! And who doesn’t love background stamps?! So bright and cheery.
In typical gorgeous style, Lucy Abrams made us this:
**edited** The adorable foxes in this card are actually from the stamp! To make them facing each other Lucy simply cut off the head and tail (no foxes were harmed in the making of this card though :)) and put them on the opposing side for one of them! HOW COOL!
(apologies for our earlier text saying this was a digital card)
And Hero Arts Flickr Group sweetheart Lin Brandyberry created this stunning number!
Please come back tomorrow for our final day of this wonderful Celebration week!
We can’t thank you all enough for your support and excitement. It means the world to us.
The products used in the above cards are linked below (of course).
See you tomorrow!
Linda & Mary Dawn