Are you ready to get your "Mask" on? Fall is not only the time for Halloween masks but it's also time for getting your "Mask" on when stamping. This card is not as difficult to make as it looks. Scrap paper is used to "mask" or cover the majority of the card so you only get the color in the middle - where you want it! When you "mask" off the rest of the card, your focal area really stands out!
You can follow along with the pictures to see how I made the card. I did tear the edges of the papers that I used to mask off the area. I found that I preferred gentle slopes rather than sharp ones. I also found it handy to set the whole thing up on my stamparatus so I could us magnets to hold the paper in place.
I started with a piece of whisper white that was 5 1/8" x 3 7/8" and centered that on my stamparatus. Then I ripped a piece of scrap grid paper and placed it on the whisper white holding it in place with the magnets.
Next, I sponged two different colors onto the area that was not "masked." When sponging, be careful to slide gently over the edges so you don't lift the mask and accidentally sponge under the mask. I also tapped the freshly inked sponge on the scrap paper before sponging on the card to get more even coverage. When I was satisfied with the sponging, I stamped two different ferns from the Forever Ferns stamp set using the same ink colors. For this card I used Crushed Curry and Cajun Craze.
When I was done stamping I removed the mask. The brown stamping is actually heat embossing which I did without the mask as I liked the look of stamping "outside the lines" a bit. I used my heat tool to make sure all the ink was dry and rubbed a dryer sheet gently across the paper to remove static. I then heat embossed the leaves and dots using Early Espresso embossing powder. (Early Espresso embossing powder is no longer available but I bet the gold embossing powder would look equally beautiful on this card.) When that was heated and cooled I stamped the "hello" with Early Espresso ink. I matted the piece of whisper white on a 5 1/4" x 4" piece of Early Espresso card stock. Then I layered those on a whisper white thick card base.
I think this card creates a beautiful scene that stands out so distinctly from the background because of the masking. I hope you will try it! You can take a peek at all of the items I used to create this card HERE.
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I hope you continue to find time to be creative. It's such a stress reliever, at least for me, and turns every day into a great day. Sharing and sending the cards makes the day even better for others! It's a win-win.
Please let me know if I can help you make your crafty time more enjoyable.
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Lorraine is an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator who loves to cut paper (really, it's true), create cards, and help others to discover how much happiness comes from making cards and sending them!
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