Hi! A few days ago I shared a video with masking tips. Today I am back with more masking… but this time using background stamps and stencils.
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Masking is a great way to get new looks out of your background stamps and stencils. (Especially if you like one-layer cards!) My video shares lots of tips… so be sure to watch it.
My first card was such fun to create… so I will be making more! I used the new and oh-so-brilliant Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stencils (SSS | C9). I masked off different parts of the stencil so I could use different colors of inks… and to save an open area for my sentiment. Any inks will work for this but I simply love using Gina K Designs Ink Pads (SSS | GK) with Tonic Blending Sponges. SO fast to do! I really like masking off parts of a stencil with Thermoweb Purple Tape.
I used the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stencils (SSS | C9) to added dots of shimmer with my Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen. The sentiment is a combination of the WPlus9 No One Else Stamp Set (SSS | WP9) and Concord & 9th Bold and Brushy Stamp Set (SSS | C9).
My next example also shares masking with a stencil. This time I masked the center of my stencils with Thermoweb Purple Tape so I would have a place for my sentiments. I again used the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stencils (SSS | C9) with Gina K Designs Ink Pads (SSS | GK)… but used Tim Holtz Distress Blending Brushes for the inking for a soft, textured look. I also used a stencil to add a bit of Tonic Moonstone Glimmer Paste.
My next few examples share tips for masking with background stamps.
I fell in love with the Hero Arts Flowers For Coloring Background Stamp when I first saw it, but wanted to have a clear open area for a large sentiment. In the video I show how I was able to mask it and make it look like the stamp was always that way! I used Avery Removable Adhesive Sheets for masking paper – it works great.
For this next card, I used a pretty traditional masking technique. I simply created a heart die cut mask and added to my cardstock panel before stamping my background. I used the fabulous Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9) to form a color pattern over the mask – isn’t it great?
In my video, I demonstrate how to use masking ON your stamp BEFORE you ink so that you can create a colorful background stamped image. This is excellent for adding color just where you want it. (Watch the video!) I again used the Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp Set (SSS | C9)… and added Tonic Moonstone Glimmer Paste to the pattern.
I hope this inspires you to create masked backgrounds!
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