Thursday, November 12, 2015

Joyful Tidings

Joyful Tidings - Masking Technique

Today's card was inspired by my Paper Pumpkin stamps from October. I wanted to show that while the stamps may be designed for a specific purpose in the Paper Pumpkin kits, it still has plenty of mileage left for many other awesome projects. The October flower stamp looks so closely like a poinsettia flower outline. I used a blender pen to color the flowers and leaves in and give a bit of depth by subtle shading. Blender pens work like magic!

My chosen colors are Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Gold and Whisper White.  The ribbon I used is NOT Stampin' Up! but it goes so nicely with the Mossy Meadow cardstock I just HAD to use it. Its Celebrate It 5/8" satin ribbon from Michaels that I have had in my stock for several years now. I also used a metallic gel Pentel pen called Sunburst to trace the stamen on the flowers. The sentiment is from Christmas Messages stamp set from last year. The gold ink as well as the sentiment, is from last year's holiday catalog - Encore Gold from Tsukineko. I put a sliver of gold glitter paper behind the sentiment which was cut to a 1 1/4" strip with the ends punched using the retired artisan label punch - just about any label punch will let you flag the ends of a strip of paper.  I also used the gold sequin - circle shaped for the centers of the flowers.  

How to Create a Mask

The flowers were stamped using a layering affect called masking.  Basically, just stamp the image you want to layer onto thin post-it notes or typing paper, cut it out carefully by hand, following the lines, cover the back side with the 2-way glue pen and let it dry. This piece is now your mask. Stamp your image on your background paper and cover with the mask. Now you can stamp another image on top and to the side to give the effect of layering. Make multiple masks and cover your stamped images to create many different layers giving your collage of images a sense of depth.

What is a Paper Pumpkin Kit?

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription you can receive that gives you everything you need to create awesome paper crafting projects for only $19.95 per month (including shipping). Its great for the beginning stamper as it provides projects that are already pre-designed with easy to follow instructions. It lets you slowly build a stamp collection that is both exclusive and extremely affordable. The stamp sets are very versatile and can be used over and over again. Its also great for the advanced stamper as it gives you a jumping off point to spark your creativity. 

The kit also includes all the paper, ink, and embellishments you need to complete the pre-designed projects. Stampin' Up! also posts an easy to follow video showing how to assemble the projects right on Youtube. About the only thing you may need is a bit of adhesive and  maybe 30 minutes to sit down. Although, most times the adhesive is already included.  

Read more about the Paper Pumpkin kit by clicking on the Paper Pumpkin tab above.

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  1. What a beautiful holiday card, Wanda, with its blanket of poinsettias!! I have been using the heck out of my Christmas Messages set! I am so glad I grabbed it up last year!!

  2. This card is fabulous- love, love what you have done here with that flower- yes, looks like a poinsettia. So pretty!

  3. Wanda, this is gorgeous! I love the gems, the luscious ribbon...
    And the masking is amazing! I stink at that technique! LOL
    Beautiful card!

  4. Great holiday card, Wanda. Lovely color combination!