Hi! Masking is great for creating one-layer cards with the look of lots of layering. However, cutting masks can be time-consuming. So today I am showing how you can actually use heat embossing for masking!
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I share several examples of heat embossed masking today. These are pretty complicated/involved cards, but you can use the technique for just about any card!
My first three cards feature the Altenew Bountiful Branches Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). I stamped the many layers with Altenew Inks (SSS | ALT) on watercolor paper. I then stamped directly on top of these images with the most solid layer stamp using Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. This “traps” the ink under the embossing. The masking will resist the watercolor I add on top… therefore acting as a mask.
You can see the gorgeous embossing on the branches… that resists the watercolor on top. I used Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set (SSS |ALT) and a sentiment from the Altenew Build a Flower Anemone Coronaria Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).
I am blown away with how realistic those branches look!
Because the stamping is trapped under the embossing, I can watercolor over it without fear of the stamping bleeding.
Although I did a soft wash of watercolor over the embossing, I could have done a darker color, and the embossing would still resist it.
My next two cards feature the packed-full-of-many-great-images Altenew Holiday Bow Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). For this example, I started by stamping and heat embossing the poinsettia. I then stamped many branches and such over it – each time clear embossing. The embossing resists the additional layers. It looks like I used traditional masking, but I saved a lot of time!
Once I stamped and heat embossed all the layers, I stamped the Altenew Pattern Play Diamond Stamp Set (SSS | ALT) over the entire card. The sentiment is from the Altenew Blessings Stamp Set (SSS | ALT).
My last three cards are my favorite. I want to create more like this! I started by stamping and coloring images from the Altenew Build a Flower Anemone Coronaria Stamp Set (SSS | ALT). I then colored them in Versamarker Pen and clear heat embossed.
You can also do ink blending over the heat embossing. This is great for creating a soft halo effect.
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