Hello! Today I am sharing simple techniques for stepping up your masked backgrounds to create colorful cards. The best part about these techniques? You can use many products you likely already have! I share several examples using new goodies from Waffle Flower.
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Inked masking is a great way to create colorful backgrounds. These examples show how to “step up” this masking by adding stamping, multiple masks, etc.
My first card shows a masked background of ink blending and stamping. I used Post It Tape to mask off the top half of the card and applied Broken China Distress Oxide Ink with an Ink Blending Tool. I then moved the tape to mask the other half of the card and added Twisted Citron and Lucky Clover Distress Oxide Ink. I also stamped a few flower images with soft green Waffle Flower Ink. After removing the mask, I added many images from the Waffle Flower Wish Stamp Set (WF | SSS). So much cuteness! I also added a few soft butterflies to the sky. By adding tone-on-tone stamping to the inked/masked background, I add quite a bit of interest.
This next example also shows using inked and stamped masking together. On the top, I applied Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink and little stars stamped with soft yellow Waffle Flower Ink. For the bottom, I used Gathered Twigs Distress Oxide Ink and a Waffle Flower Plaid Play Stamp Set (WF | SSS) pattern. I added images from the Waffle Flower Tu-Tu Cute Stamp Set (WF | SSS).
The images from the Waffle Flower Toadally Stamp Set (WF | SSS) are also great for combining inked and stamped masking. However, this time I made the inking more intense and the stamping subtle. I also tried the new Therm O Web Purple Tape to mask the two halves of this card and it works GREAT. You can wipe it clean and reuse several times. The bottom of this card featured the new Evergreen Bough Distress Oxide Ink color. So pretty.
I like that these Waffle Flower sets have so many images and supporting images in one set… it makes it easy to create a scene.
This next example features images from the Waffle Flower Autumn Time (WF | SSS) and Spring Time Stamp Set (WF | SSS). I love those cloud images in the background! The “just a note” is from the Waffle Flower Enveloper Me Stamp Set (WF | SSS).
You can step up your masking even more by double masking. For this example, I used Inkadinkado Masking Paper to mask a circle on the front of my card. I then used Therm O Web Purple Tape to mask the straight line for the background and applied Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, Blueprint Sketch, and Broken China Distress Oxide Inks. Over the yellow portion, I stamped small images from the Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set (WF | SSS) with Waffle Flower Ink. After removing the masks, I added more images from the Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set (WF | SSS).
Since the Waffle Flower Pencil In Stamp Set (WF | SSS) is perfect for teachers, I decided to create a little gift card holder using it. I really like the new Waffle Flower Love Notes Die (WF | SSS) – it makes the most unique envelope for a gift card!
… and opens to show a gift card and/or note…
My last card shares a different version of double masking. First, I masked a heart with Inkadinkado Masking Paper and inked the open area with Candied Apple and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Ink. I then removed the outer mask and covered the heart before adding Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Ink. Finally, I added images from the Waffle Flower Hello Stamp Set (WF | SSS). Fast to create and lots of color!
Here are a few more videos sharing masking techniques:
Today I am participating in the Waffle Flower Spring 2018 Release Blog Hop. This is Waffle Flower’s best release yet, so I was excited to play! You can find all of the new release HERE at Waffle Flower or HERE at Simon Says Stamp.
To celebrate the blog hop, Waffle Flower is giving away $25 gift certificates to FIVE lucky winners! For your chance, leave a comment below and all the blogs on the hop by 11:59pmEST on 2/25/18 telling me if you ever do masking techniques. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the posts on this blog hop and will be announced on the Waffle Flower blog on 2/28/2018.)
Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk and those from Waffle Flower. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.