Hello everyone! It’s Lindsay I’m back again as the guest designer for the month of October. Today, I wanted to share one of my favorite techniques that I use often – Masking. I am constantly masking to create scenes or ink up backgrounds. It is such a simple technique that you can use in so many different ways and I want to share two different ways you can mask your stamped images to create intricate one layer cards. For today’s cards I will be using two different Inspired by Stamping sets. The first, Hummingbirds is the perfect set to mask out a scene and the second, Fresh Bouquet, already has a masked scene ready to go in one stamp, but with a bit of Distress Inking the image really pops off the paper! I hope you all enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget, you can always find me on my blog and YouTube Channel. Happy Crafting!!
Using the Hummingbirds stamp set from Inspired by Stamping, stamp each image onto Inkadinkdo masking paper with black dye ink. I stamped each bird once and each flower twice. Fussy cut each mask with your fine detail scissors.
Cut a piece of cardstock (I’m using watercolor paper) to an A2 size (4.25″ x 5.5″). Stamp the image you want in the very front of your scene onto your paper first, then remove the blue backing paper on the coordinating mask and place it over the stamped image using your tweezers. The less you use your fingers to touch the mask the longer the mask will last. I wanted the largest hummingbird in the forefront of my scene so it was the first image I chose to stamp with my waterproof ink.
I wanted my main hummingbird’s beak to appear as if it were inside a flower, so the larger petunia was my next choice of image to stamp. After inking up the stamp with black dye ink, I can easily see through the clear stamp to place it in the exact place on the card stock and stamp it down. I masked off the flower with the coordinating mask and continued to mask and stamp more petunias to create a nice bunch of flowers in the bottom left hand corner.
Knowing I wanted to include the other two hummingbirds that are included in the set, onto my card and that I wanted them to appear as if their little beaks were also inside flowers, I used my masks as placeholders for the flowers I knew I would eventually be stamping. This allowed me to stamp my birds in the exact position they needed to be in to make my scene really come together.
I continued stamping and masking flowers to surround both smaller birds leaving the bottom right corner blank for a place to put my sentiment. If you have trouble envisioning your scene stamp it out, without the masking, onto scrap paper and follow that as a sort of map. It is old habit for me to create scenes, but I did this when I first started masking and still do this for more complicated scenes.
When I completed stamping my scene, I took off all the masks. This is the fun part! Seeing my scene come to life as I remove the masks is my favorite part every time!
**You can save your masks, I just stick mine to the back of the stamp set, and reuse them over and over again. Just make sure to use your tweezers to prolong their life.
I chose to watercolor my scene using Distress Inks and Markers. I use a laminated sheet of white card stock for my palette. You can use whatever coloring medium you want to color in your scenes, just make sure you use coordinating ink as well as paper.
I used the sentiment “Thinking of You” from the Fresh Bouquet stamp set and stamped it into the bottom right hand corner using black dye ink. I used my MISTI, since I had put so much work into the panel already, I didn’t want to ruin the entire thing stamping a sentiment.
Using double sided adhesive I attached my watercolor panel to an A2 side folding card base made from plain white card stock. I used quite a lot of double sided adhesive so there would be no warping. That finished off this card.
**You do not need to add a lot of embellishment to a card like this. Even though it is only one layer, your scene is “telling a story” so let all the hard work, masking, and coloring you’ve done be the main focal point.
For my second card I wanted to use the image in the “Fresh Bouquet” stamp set. It already has a masked appearance, but I did want to add a some shading around the image with Distress Inks. I stamped the image onto a piece of plain computer paper and trimmed it out with my fine detail scissors.
I moved onto stamping the same image onto an A2 sized white card stock panel. I used my MISTI and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and stamped the image into the top middle of the panel. (I did double stamp for a more rich, intense black color.) I then colored in my image with alcohol markers. I used more warm tones as I was doing for a “vintage” feel to the card.
With my panel colored it was time to mask off the image and add some Distress Ink. To mask off the image I used the the image cut from computer paper that I had fussy cut. The only problem is it isn’t sticky on the back. To remedy this, I added a very thin layer of rubber cement to the back of the image. This allows the image to be glued down into place so it covers and protects the colored image while I apply Distress Ink, but allows the mask to be pulled up and removed when I’m done with it.
Using the brush included with the rubber cement I quickly applied a thin even layer. You really do not need much and you want to move quickly as this dries fast!! I quickly flipped the mask over and placed it on top of the colored image, making sure all the leaves and flowers were aligned properly. I gave the glue about a minute of dry time before applying ink.
Again, I wanted a vintage look for the card so I pulled out Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks and my mini ink blending tool to add some color around the colored image. This really brings the coloring to life and pulls the image off the card. I started with Antique Linen and really put down a lot of color with it, then I moved onto Vintage Photo. I kept this darker ink focused around the image and where the darkest shadows would be. Finally, I brought back in the Antique Linen to really blend out the colors once more.
Once I was happy with my colors and their intensity I could remove my mask. I didn’t worry about tearing the mask, these are easy enough to recreate and the supplies to make them are fairly cheap. I just slowly peeled up the mask and used my finger to rub away any leftover residue left behind by the rubber cement.
Sometimes when using rubber cement a bit will ooze out the side of the mask creating a white spot. In order to fix this I use the Fantastic sponge tool, dip it in a bit of the distress ink and rub it over the spot until the color blends in.
For my sentiment I used the same “thinking of you” sentiment from the “Fresh Bouquet” stamp set, but this time I added in “We’ve Been” before the “thinking of you”. I stamped the sentiment with Vintage Photo Distress Ink using my MISTI, again, so I could double stamp.
I adhered the panel to an A2 top folding white card base. You could add embellishments to either finished card, however, it’s not necessary. When masking and creating scenes, let them tell the story for you, you do not need any of the extras on your card!
A look at both finished cards and you can see how you can fill up an entire card front with just one stamp set with masking. And now you have two different ways to mask your stamped images!!
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