Hi there! Glad to have you stop by again for another Stay-at-home Saturday! How are you doing out there?
Today, I thought I would focus on a technique. Masking! Doesn’t that sound appropriate for the occasion?
All cards are A2-sized. Portrait cards are either top- or side-folding, depending upon what I had on hand. Cards in the landscape orientation are top-folding.
Card 1 a and 1 b:
One of the ways to use masks is to make one object look like it is in front of the other. For these two cards, I wanted the flowers to overhang the vase. It’s not really obvious, but the top of the vase extends up a bit just under where the flowers hang down.
Another reason to make an object look like it’s in front of another is to create a scene. This was a card that I wanted to make for a while, but couldn’t decide on composition. The “Loch Ness monster” is really one of the dinosaurs from Dino Days. I masked off the bottom of the body to make it look like it was poking out of the water. I also put a mask over its head while stamping the mountains, so that the mountains looked like they were in the background, instead of covering of its head.
I used the mask covering the body of the dinosaur to make ripples around Nessie, moving it around to different spots, before inking again.
Not really thrilled with how the mountains came out, but it is what it is. I added trees in the foreground, because that’s my memory of what it looked like when the bus drove along a road that went along the lake (Loch).
Masking is great for adding color in a specific spot on your card. For this card, I inked sand, water, and sky in an aperture, then added the trees. I left the mask in place while stamping the trees, so that all elements were inside the shape I used. I did let the die cut sentiment fall over the boundaries to make it more interesting.
After creating an inked background in a confined space using masks, you can overstamp with a focal image that crosses the boundaries, too. Remember, it’s best to add the stamping AFTER you add the background ink.
Instead of using a mask to confine color and stamping, you can also use a mask to create an empty spot within a large image for something else, like a sentiment.
As I normally do, I used Gray Granite for stamping an outline image before coloring with Blends. Because the lower flower is in a darker color, I went back over the stamping with a Basic Gray marker to make the details more visible. (I didn’t use a Stamparatus to do the original stamping. Otherwise, I could have used the Stamparatus to overstamp in a darker color.)
Here is a closeup so you can see how the card is really one layer.
And, I did decorate the inside, since the card base is a little bit darker.
If you want to see a step-by-step tutorial for this technique, there is one available on Splitcoast Stampers.
As I mentioned above, masking is a great way of creating a one-layer card that still has lots of dimension. For this card, I used torn paper as my mask to make the inner inked section to look like a torn piece of paper was layered on top. I covered up this middle section to ink the rest of the cardstock, and also stamp some leaves. I first added Crumb Cake near the edges of the inner section. Then, I inked the outside of the card front.
Here, you can see, it really is one layer. Love how the ink gives the illusion of depth.
Again, I decorated the inside of the card.
For this example, I used a technique for stamping called Retiform. You mask off sections to ink, like before. But, you also add stamping for extra texture. This is almost like creating a quilt, but using stamping!
I used colors from the Subtles family (Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron, Petal Pink, Pool Party), and the Sea of Textures stamp set for this card. I ended up using Highland Heather for the octopus to stay within the Subtles family. I thought it looked less scary than one in Calypso Coral.
The sentiment is also from Subtles, in Pool Party. It is cut out with a Stitched Nested Labels die.
Here’s a closeup of the stamping.
Since I have wanted to do layering of outline letter stamps, I thought I would try one out here. I stamped the word “aloha” with the Lined alphabet. I then covered up the letters. I first applied Soft Sea Foam ink over the letters and around the edges of the background. I then stamped over with leaves from Tropical Chic. I was originally going to color the letters, then thought it looked nice without color.
Here’s the background before adding stamped and die-cut hibiscuses.
And here is a closeup of the card so you can see the sponging and stamping.
I was going to end with the previous card. But, I was somehow putting things away and noticed the Umbrella Builder punch that I still haven’t used. Aha! Why not create a scene with the umbrella, right? I thought that was a “classic” example of masking. So, I had to do it. 🙂
I feel like I really went overboard here, though.
For the background, I stamped the umbrella on the card base first, just to get an idea of where everything will be placed. Then, I created the ground by masking near the bottom. The inking is with Crumb Cake and just a bit of Soft Suede. After, the “ground” got covered up, a mask is applied over the umbrella, and under the umbrella is covered. Around the edges is Seaside Spray with Night of Navy. Not done yet! Now, the outside is covered up with just the middle exposed. I managed to get a picture at this point.
Just a wee bit of Daffodil Delight ink was added in the middle, to provide a bright and cheery area. Before these masks were removed, the umbrella handle was stamped.
Not stopping there, I used masking to create the decorated rain boots, as well. The flowers were stamped first. Before stamping the boot, I put a mask over the flowers.
The final touch to the card was to stamp the rain drops with water. I soaked a paper towel and used that as my ink pad. After stamping, I blotted the excess water. You won’t see this effect right away. As long as you used enough water, and there is enough ink added before, the rain drops will “develop” after a few minutes. (There is a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers for this, as well. Although, I blotted some of the water off instead of letting it all dry naturally.)
The umbrella is paper-pieced and attached with dimensionals. Here’s a closeup to see all of these details.
Phew! That was a lot, wasn’t it? And I just scratched the surface of what you can do!
I wasn’t able to make this piece into a card, but it does show you the potential. Essentially, you stamp the sentiment, mask it, then stamp the outline on top. I found that I had to stamp the outline aligned with the bottom of the words. Otherwise, the stamping was too big for the heart stamp.
I was able to fit this particular sentiment in the scalloped heart, though.
I still want to try the Faux Postage technique. I ran out of time for this one, too.
And, don’t forget, I used masks for the cards on a past Stay-at-Home Saturday, too.