Hi there, I hope you are having a great week! I have been quite busy recently, but managed to find time to pop along to the ICHF Craft fair in Manchester. Who doesn't love a craft fair!? However, it isn't always great for your purse. Today's post features masking with stamps. This is a great technique to add further depth and dimension to your card without adding more bulk to it.
There is one important point you need to know - make sure you have some medium to mask with. You can buy purpose built masking paper for such projects, however I don't own any so I used another medium. Post it note tape. Did you know you can buy post it note tape? Well it is very useful as it is low tack so won't ruin your card stock. And is perfect for keeping your dies in place when you run them through your machine. You can also by full stick post it note sheets - the whole post it note has its low tack adhesive on it rather than the usual small band at the top.
So now you know the most basic point for masking, lets get started!
Materials required for:
- Post it note tape or masking paper
- Stamps - Stamps used in this project come from: MFT - 'More Essential Sentiments', Altenew - 'Cake Layer', and Craft Asylum for he heart.
- Inks - This project use two inks: Hero Arts Clearly Kelly Grey, Memento Elderberry and Versamark
- Stamping platform or acrylic blocks - I used the We R Memory Keepers Precision Press
- White embossing powder
- Heat Gun
- A5 White card base
- White card
- Scraps of colour corresponding card
- Scraps of silver glitter card
- Double sided tape
- Foam tape
Masking with Stamps Card details
To start this card off you will want to place the main sentiment across your white card to determine where the main focal point will lie. Once you are happy with this stamp the sentiment in ink. Don't worry if it isn't perfect as this will be hidden later with a foam mounted version.
Next you need to plane where your heat stamps will lie, and once you are happy stamps these in ink. Make sure you are happy with these first as these will not be hidden.
How to mask your stamps:
Now you are ready to start masking. Stamp several of the hearts on to your masking paper, making sure this isn't on the adhesive side. Fussy cut out these hearts and place over the top of the hearts on the card. The adhesive keeps these in place, but as post it note is low tack, they will not damage your card when you come to remove them.
Once your hearts are masked, position your second sentiment and repeatedly stamp this over and over. When you stamp over the masked areas, no ink from the sentiment will imprint onto the paper. After you have finished stamping, remove your masks and reveal your achievement. Depth and dimension created without any bulk!
Heat emboss your main sentiment onto a scrap of colour corresponding card stock. For added interest you could add fishtails to create a faux banner look. Foam mount this sentiment over the stamped sentiment. If you want to reduced the bulk of your card when going through the main, just use regular double sided tape.
To finish the card off, trim down you card and mount this with strips of silver glitter paper and matching colour card stock. Mount this onto your card stock - you can add a layer of foam for further dimension if you prefer!
Just before you go.......
I love how clean and modern this card looks, for me these two colours go so well! Did you enjoy learning how to mask? If so let me know below as I would love to hear from you!
This card was inspired by a make of Jennifer McGuire's. To see the video that inspired this card, watch the video HERE.
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*this post was NOT sponsored, requested, or paid for; I have written it because I wanted to. The information provided is based on my own personal experience. I am not an expert and I do not work for these companies.