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How to use mask stencils without stamping

Hello, good to see you again! I have been featuring a lot of florals recently, I must be wishing for them to spring up outside and until they do, they will have to feature on my cards! So have you tried out the new mask stencil set from Altenew? Whatsmore, have you considered using the mask stencils without stamping? You can create beautiful cards using these masked stencils even without the coordinating stamps and I’m going to show you how.


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Use mask stencils without stamping

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Use mask stencils without stamping

Use mask stencils without stamping - Card 1

First, adhere the masked stencil to some Neenah Classic Crest solar white 80lb card stock and position the large floral to one side. To prevent ink from getting onto the card in places where you don’t want it, used some post notes to mask these areas off.

Using the blending make-up brushes and a couple of yellow/orange inks from Catherine Pooler,  start to add ink to the flower from the base upwards, softly fading it out. These brushes give a lovely smooth blend allowing you to get a light colour, but you also don’t need to be too neat with this, as we will add some Copic colouring detail later.

The best part of stencilling is removing the mask and seeing the crisp outline of the floral.  Next, repeat the process for the stem using two greens from Catherine Pooler inks. For the leaves, not only do you use the stencil, but also use the positive masks that come in the set.

To cover the floral, just added some repositionable tape to the back of the mask and adhere over the top of the ink blended area. Make sure you do this for the stem as well. Now when ink blending the leaf onto the card panel, it layers behind the flower as well as the stem giving depth and dimension to the card design.

adding coloured detailing to the flower:

Once both leaves were added, you can add more definition using Copics. Add the colour in a flicking motion from the bottom floral upwards starting off with the lightest colour. Keep repeating this with darker colours making sure the flicks don’t go up the floral as high. You can use reds to add more depth to the flower.  Remember to repeat this process with a couple of green markers for the stems and leaves, adding some shadows to the leaves where the floral head overhangs the leaves.

When ready, foam mount the panel onto a cardbase made out of some Lawn Fawn Fog cardstock. To add a sentiment, use a sentiment from Altenew ‘Thinking of you stamp set, with Versafin Onxy black in onto a matching piece of Fog card and foam mount this onto the panel. In addition, add a black and white heat embossed sentiment strip beneath this. The card was finished with strawberry coulis jewel drops from Tonic Studios.

Use mask stencils without stamping - Card 1

For the second card,  repeat the process of ink blending through the stencil just with the small tulip shape. You will need to use the mask to add depth and layer to the floral bunch. Remember to keep this floral bouquet simple and you don’t have to add colour details with markers. However, instead, add some black paint splatter using the Altenew Watercolour pan set as some detail to the background.

For the sentiment,  use the  ‘Sending love’ from Altenew Inked flora stamp set and added a small heat embossed sentiment from the Leaf canopy stamp set. This card was also foam mounted onto the fog card base and finished with Limencello Jewel drops by Tonic Studios.


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wHERE YOU’LL FIND Full details on how I made this card AND LINKS TO SUPPLIES

Supplies sent to me as part of my various Design teams creative work:
  • Exotic Tulips Mask Stencil – Altenew
  • Gina K Connect Glue
  • Neenah Classic Crest Solar white 80lb Cardstock
  • Lawn Fawn Cardstock
  • Inked Flora – Altenew
Supplies purchased at my own expense:
  • Watercolour Pan set – Altenew
  • Leaf Canopy – Altenew
  • Grass Skirt – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Garden Party – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Spruce- Catherine Pooler inks
  • Eucalyptus – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Bellini – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Tiki torch  – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Mandarin Spice – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Sauna – Catherine Pooler inks
  • Blending Brushes
  • Tonic Jewel Drops: Strawberry Coulis and Limoncello
  • Copic Markers: YG04, 07, 09, R24, 27, 29, YG99
  • Sytlefile: 644

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This post was produced as part of my design team work for Bumbleberry Papercrafts have not been paid to make this post, but I am given supplies from Bumbleberry Papercrafts to use. However, I create projects with creative control and produce projects I am proud of and with products that I love.   The information provided is based on my own personal experience – I am not an expert. 

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Hi, I am Verity and I live in the UK.  I love to create beautiful projects whenever I can. My main passion lies with Papercrafting, however, I will always turn my hand to a new project or craft any chance I get.


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