Masked Thank You Card
Finished card size: 4.25" x 5.5"
Continuing with one of our monthly techniques of a few months ago, the masking technique, I thought I would show you something a little different. This method can create fun and stunning backgrounds on your cards. Come join me in the studio as we can get started!
Insightful Meadows (Unity Stamps)
Antique Engravings - Small Butterfly (Hero Arts)
Gradation, Cover-a-Card stamp (Impression Obsession)
White card stock (Staples)
Black card stock (Bazzill)
Orange card stock scrap (unknown)
Tim Holtz Distress ink pads: (Ranger)
Onyx Black Versafine ink pad (Tsukineko)
1" Eclipse Tape (Judikins)
Crystal Stickles (Ranger)
Crystal Lacquer (Sakura)
Inkessentials Ink Blending Tool (Ranger)
Adhesive of choice
Paper cutter of choice
- Create card base by cutting 8.5" x 11" piece of white card stock in half to measure 8.5" x 5.5" and fold in half. Cut black card stock to measure 4" x 5.25". Set aside.
- Cut a white piece of card stock to measure 3.75" x 5". This is the piece you will stamp on.
- Take the Eclipse tape and measure a length to fit the card with a little extra (in this case a little longer than 4.25") and tear in half - make sure your edges aren't too straight. Each tear will be a little different, which will add a little character to your design. Place the left portion of the tape on the piece of white card stock, bringing it in from the edge about three-quarter to an inch and press into place. Take the right portion of the tape and move it to the right about an inch to an inch and a quarter. There is no right or wrong width. Do what looks good to you! Note: you may want to use a piece of scrap paper to cover the card stock beyond where the masked area is to keep inks from getting on parts where you don't want it. Like in this example. Also, if you don't have the Eclipse Tape, you can also use masking tape, just stick it to your clothing or skin a few times to make it less tacky. And, if you don't have masking tape, you can use a piece of text weight paper, just tear it in half and place it on the card. I like the tape because it can't slip while I'm applying ink.
- Using the ink blending tool, begin at the top of the masked off area with the Squeezed Lemonade and apply the ink to about a quarter of the space. (I used half of the blending sponge for the lighter yellow and the other half for the darker. Get more mileage out of the sponge! Did the same with the other two colors as well.) Now apply the Mustard Seed, starting a bit below the first color and blend it up into the Squeezed Lemonade. (These pictures show my set up for masking four card fronts at a time, thus creating an assembly line set-up.)
- Next take the Rusty Hinge and start a bit below the Mustard Seed, blending the color up into the yellow. Repeat with the Barn Door. The idea is to blend these colors so there are no hard lines defining the colors, but rather, a nice blend from one color to the next.
- Take the gradation stamp (or any background type stamp you'd like to use) and just kind of roll it up in your hand, no need for a block because you're only going to use a portion of the stamp to create a little depth to the background. I used the Rusty Hinge ink and applied to the stamp, then stamped off before stamping on the actual piece. This way the color isn't too dark and just kind of blends in giving nice depth and texture to the design.
- Remove the tape from the piece(s). (You can see on the bottom right that the ink went beyond the masking. I simply turned it over and re-did the process. That way no wasted cardstock going in the trash!)
- Ink up the flower stamp - nice silhouette stamps work great for this technique - with the black ink and stamp over the colored area. I like to use the Versafine ink as it gives a nice deep, crisp image.
- Stamp your sentiment. Layer the pieces together and your card is finished! Quick and easy.
- I added a butterfly to the card. I wanted to dress it up with just a little bling and something a little more special since they were going to people who helped out with a fundraiser. I stamped the butterfly on a piece of orange card stock with the Onyx Black ink and then covered them with the Crystal Stickles. When they were dry I cut them out (that took longer than making the actual cards!) and then used just a bit of Crystal Lacquer on the body portion only, and attached the butterfly to the card. When it was dry, I folded the wings up to give a bit of a 3-D look.
I created almost 40 of these cards in an afternoon!
The great thing about Eclipse Tape is that you can keep it and reuse it. It continues to stick and stick and stick! (sort of like the Energizer Bunny...it keeps on going!) I love this stuff. I simply store it on a piece of text-weight paper until I use it the next time:
Here's a few other projects from the vault where I used a masking technique similar to this one: