Tuesday, February 7, 2023


I've joined Crafty Collaboration's Technique Tuesday Blog Hop today.  The Technique featured for this Hop is Masking, which is a technique that I use often in many different ways.

Since I am using the In the Country stamp set all this week, I decided to see if I could use masking to place the Ancient Building in the beautiful Meadow.  I'm reasonably pleased with how it turned out.  If I were to do it again, there are a couple of things I might change, but in general I'm happy with my card.

To place the old building in the meadow, I stamped the building first and then masked it so I could stamp the meadow over it to make it look like the building is sitting a short distance from the fence.

I used my Stamparatus for both images to make sure that I could stamp them a couple of times, if needed, to get a good image.  As I was doing this for the meadow, I had a bit of a brainstorm and decided that I could add different colors to my stamp each time I stamped.  I started by stamping it all with Soft Seafoam.  On the next stamping, I used a Shaded Spruce Stampin' Write Marker to add the darker green to the pine trees.  The 3rd time I stamped it, I colored the trail (which is mostly covered by my sentiment) with a Crumb Cake Marker.  I could have done the same thing for the fence but decided to just color it directly with a Soft Suede Marker.  

When using the technique of coloring the stamp with a Stampin' Write Marker, remember to hough on the stamp before stamping.  This helps remoisten the ink and you will get a better image.

After I colored the door and the plants on the house, I masked the house again, and also masked the meadow.  I used a Blending Brush to add some Balmy Blue color to the sky.

If you would like a tutorial with all the detailed step-by-step directions, you can download a copy at this link.

I didn't really have anything in mind for a sentiment for this card, so I went in search of "something".  I found a sentiment in the Happy Labels stamp set that said, "You are MY HAPPY PLACE."  I decided to leave off the "You are" portion of that sentiment by masking it with masking tape before I inked it up.  That left just "MY HAPPY PLACE".  I thought it was very appropriate because this old home in a beautiful meadow looked like it would be someone's "HAPPY PLACE".  Masking a portion of a sentiment is a masking technique that I use frequently, and it worked perfectly for this card!

Keeping true to my mantra of "No Naked Card Insides and Envelopes", I added a bit of the Country Gingham Designer Series Paper (DSP) to both to jazz them up a bit.  Adding a strip of DSP to the inside of a card and covering the envelope flap with DSP are my favorite ways to make sure neither is left naked.  It's a quick and simple solution!

If you would like to see the products I used for this card, please refer to the list at the end of this post.

Now it is time for you to hop along and be inspired by the other projects in our Technique Tuesday Blog Hop.  You will get lots of ideas on how to use the Masking Technique.  Be sure to leave some love along your journey!

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