Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping-Sue's Creative Workshop www.sueeldred.com 9974

Just Scootin’ in to say Hello…

Don’t you just love getting “snail mail”?

It’s so nice when I open my mailbox and see something other than a bill or advertisement.

Snail Mail Stamped Card

The Snail Mail card was made using the Snail Mail Stamp Set from The Maker’s Movement. 

I used simple masking and background techniques that anyone can do to make the card a little more fun.

(see below for complete instructions)

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post  for The Maker’s Movement.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The view and opinions are my own.   

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Directions:

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Xyron Create a Sticker Machine Mini

Creating a Mask for your stamped images…

To keep your image crisp and clean while creating your background you’ll want to create a mask.

  • Without re-inking, the “mailbox” stamp, stamp the image onto a piece of scrap paper. This lighter impression keeps the ink to a minimum and prevents it from getting onto your fingers when working with the mask.
  • Place the stamped copy into the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* with a Repositionable Cartridge* design side up.
  • Turn the knob of the machine to run the paper through it.  As it goes through the machine it adds a layer of repositionable adhesive to the paper.

Creating Masks for Stamping Cards

  • Cut nice and tight around the stamped image – this cut-out now becomes your “mask”.
  • Remove the protective backing and place the mask directly over the stamped image.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

Masking the Sun…

  • Punch or cut a circle from scrap paper.  (set aside the punched circle to use as a mask)
  • Use the open circle  cutout as a template to create the sun.  Place the circle cutout over the masked/stamped mailbox.   Using a yellowish/golden inkpad and an Ink Blending Tool*, gently rub the ink onto the paper.  Be careful not to let the paper slip.
  • Take the punched circle and place it in the Xyron Create-A-Sticker Mini* (with repositionable cartridge) to make a mask that will fit over your “inked sun”.
  • Place mask over the Sun.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking.

Creating the Grass Background…

  • Stamp the “snail with dotted lines” in black ink over the base of the mailbox image.  You can leave the dotted line straight or you can easily position the dotted line of the stamp to make it curvy.
  • Stamp a second snail to create a mask.  (You will only need to cut out the snail, not the dotted lines.)
  • Place the snail mask over the stamped snail image.
  • Use scissors to cut a wavy line on a piece of scrap paper to create your “grass background template”.
  • Starting at the top of the “curvy line”, use an Ink Blending Tool* and green ink and rub the ink down on the paper.  Continue moving the template down the paper and adding more grass lines.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping and Cardmaking

Creating the cloudy sky background…

  • As a reminder…you should have masks on the Sun, Mailbox, and Snail.
  • To make light and fluffy clouds, you’ll need a piece of scrap paper with a torn edge.
  • Place the torn edge at the top of the stamped watercolor paper.  Gently rub blue ink onto the paper with the Ink Blending Tool*.
  • Adjust the torn paper slightly and move down the paper and ink to create more clouds.  Continue inking clouds until you reach the grass line.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • Remove the masks from the sun, mailbox, and snail.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

  • I used a variety of light and dark Tombow Dual Brush Art Markers to color in my image.
  • Because I use Watercolor Paper* and stamped the image with the Versa Fine Black Inkpad* I can easily blend the markers without the outline ink bleeding.

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Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping Cards and Envelopes

Decorated Envelopes for the Win!

I rarely decorate my envelopes.

I thought this card called for a little extra fun on the outside.

Simple Masking and Background Techniques for Stamping

And for a little extra fun, I added googly eyes to the snail on this card.

New Release Stamps and Dies from the Maker’s Movement

I’m taking a break from my usual Christmas crafting craziness to share with you a few

of the New Release dies and stamps by Tammy Tutterow and The Maker’s Movement.

I recently got the opportunity to play with these new dies and stamps and I’m in love.

First up… The Library Card Die Set

This was a fun set to play with.  The Library Card Set makes into a great tag or

journaling embellishment for a scrapbook page.

I think the pull-out card would look cute with a small picture.

   

I love that the Library Card set has three sizes of labels that nest perfectly.

Square Nested Tag Die Set and Sweet Petite Posey Set

Look at all the details of the Square Nested Tag Die Set.  (love the hole reinforcement covers)

Used along with the Petite Posey Die Set,  you have the making of some sweet little tags.

I inked the petals and added dimension to the flowers using a large ball stylus and a foam mat.

           

Used on the tags:

Sweet Petite Stamp and Die Set

If I had to pick a favorite from Tammy Tutterow’s New Release Collection, the

MSD213 Sweet Petite Stamp and Die Set might be my favorite.

 

So easy to put together a quick card or tag with this set.

Mini File Folder Die Set

The set was created with memory keeping and planners in mind.

I like to be different.  I used the mini folders as the inside of a mini album.

I used the days of the week stamps from the Planner Dates Stamp Set on the file labels.

The mini album cover was made from mat board that I covered with scrapbook paper.

I added the folders to the inside of the album with twine wrapped around the outside of

the spine.

    ← Look at the cute torn page.

Next week I’ll have a few more samples from the collection to share with you.

Make sure to check out all the dies and stamps from the Maker’s Movement.

*FTC Disclosure… “This is a sponsored post.  I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.”

Create a Iridescent Birthday Card using StyletechCraft Opal Vinyl

Create a Quick and Easy Iridescent Birthday Card with StyleTechCraft Opal Vinyl.

When making a card using StyleTechCrafts Opal Vinyl, a regular picture just won’t do.

You need to see the shimmery iridescent fun.

StyleTechCraft’s Opal Vinyl is one of the coolest vinyl they have.

The colors shift dramatically based on light and their surroundings and adds a little

razzle dazzle to this simple birthday card.

To make the Birthday Card I used…                                        (*amazon affiliate links)

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Directions:                                

  • Cut several 3/4″ strips of Opal Vinyl and stick it onto a 4 1/2″ X 6″ piece of black cardstock.  For my card I used Pink, Blue and Green Opal Vinyl.
  • Trim the excess vinyl strips from the sides of the cardstock.
  • Cut the cardstock 4″ x 5 1/4″.

  • The embossing folder creates a wonderful raised background.

  • Using a weeding tool carefully remove the negative spaces in and around the letters.
  • Place a piece of Vinyl Transfer Tape* over the letters.  Rub over the letters using a vinyl scraper tool to help the vinyl cling
  • Apply words onto a piece of 3 1/4″ x 4 1/2″ white cardstock.
  • Remove transfer tape.

  • To give the card additional dimension…I added a piece of thin foam onto the back of the white cardstock.

  • Adhere the layers onto a 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ white card.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

You can now find the full line of StyletechCraft online at ATSM.

Too Stinkin Cute with Xyron and Derwent Markers

Clean and Simple Card made with Xyron and Derwent Markers.

You know that look on a kids face when he knows he being “super cute”.

This Super Hero picture of my son taken when he was 3 is one of my all time favorites.

He knew he was being “so stinkin cute”!

I always love getting new things to play with and try.

This month the Xyron Design Team was sent Derwent Markers and Paper to play with.

To Make my Card…

I used a small coloring sheet from a mini coloring book for adults as my card base.

I simply colored in the words with my Derwent Markers for a quick and easy layered card.

But… Because I’m a perfectionist and my coloring skills are adequate at best,

I embellished my card with a few small flowers, twine and enamel dots.

(No mistakes… just more opportunities for embellishments.)

Here’s what else I used to make my Clean and Simple Card:

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Cheery Little Birthday Card

A Cherry Little Birthday Card

Who doesn’t love receiving a Cheery Little Birthday Card?

I know I do.

This week the Xyron Design Team is all about Lawn Fawn…

and I had a blast.  I loved using their dies to make this fun card.

Here’s what I used:                     (*affiliate link)

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

  • When working with small dies, I like to run the paper through my Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker*.
  • Rub and peel the top cover off the paper.

  • Run the paper and die through your die cutter for the perfect little sticker.
  • Just the perfect amount of adhesive and so easy to use.

  • Look how cute this terra cotta pot turned out.
  • Ink the edges of the paper pieces with Vintage Photo Ink* for a realistic looking pot.

The card was so easy to put together using the Xyron Sticker Maker* for all my little pieces.

A really fun card to make.

A special thank you to Lawn Fawn for sending the dies and paper used on this project.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Scootin by with Newton’s Nook and Xyron

Scootin’ by to say hello!

This week the Xyron Design Team teamed up with Newton’s Nook for some fun inspiration.

And…a great chance to win some goodies for you.  (see below)

Click on each of the links below to leave your comments all week for a chance to win a Xyron Mega Runner and a $25 Newton’s Gift Card.

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NEWTON’S NOOK BLOG

 

For my project, I picked out this cute little Newton Scoots by” stamp set and matching dies.

I also picked out the Floral Lace Stencil* to use on the background.

I used my stencil brush and a light blue dye inkpad to create the subtle background.

Using my Xyron Creative Station* made quick work in putting all my layers together.

I’ll be honest…this was the first time I’ve used a stamp and matching die set.

I love how clean it looks.  Super Easy to use.  No messy fussy cutting needed!

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Design Team I have been provided product and compensation in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

*Disclosure:  This blog uses affiliate links.  If you choose to make a purchase using one of the links, I receive a small commission (at no additional cost to you) that helps offset the costs of maintaining this blog.  Thanks for your support!

Sharing the Adornit Love…

As my time as an Adornit Ambassador comes to a close at the end of this month…

I wanted to make them a card to let them know how I feel.

Working with them the last few months has been a fun and positive experience.

That is why I wanted to share the same opportunity with you.

As the old ambassadors leave they are looking for new ambassadors.

It could be you?

Check out the information on the Adornit Instagram page.

Thanks Adornit for the opportunity to work with your wonderful products.

FYI…the card was made with Adornit’s Flamingo Fever Collection.)

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Christmas Tree Card

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Although I don’t always send a ton of handmade Christmas cards out, I do enjoy making them.

The Christmas Tree card was made using paper and stickers from Paper House Productions.

I love how the playful plaids blend perfectly together to form a Traditional Christmas feel

in this layered card.  Enjoy!  (makes me feel like singing “O’ Christmas Tree…”)

 

To make the card you’ll need:         (*affiliate links)

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Directions:

  1. Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of “red flannel” paper.  Hold the edge of the paper against the nib of the gold calligraphy marker to add a thin gold border on the edge of the paper.  Adhere the red flannel layer onto a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of black cardstock.
  2. Adhere the red flannel and black layers onto a 5″ x 6 1/2″ green card base.
  3. Cut the “deck the halls” paper (green plaid) using the “labels twenty two” die.  Add a thin gold border around the edge of the label like in step #1.  Adhere the green plaid label onto a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ gold metallic cardstock layer.
  4. Cut a decorative square using the “captivating square” die and a piece of green cardstock.  Adhere the green plaid label and gold metallic square onto the top of the decorative square.
  5. Adhere the green and gold layers onto the bottom portion on the red flannel layer, leaving even spacing on the bottom three sides.
  6. Assemble the pine swag  using the 3D stickers and glue onto the top of the card.  (picture below)
  7. Finish embellishing the front of the card with the 3D Christmas Tree sticker and a couple of red adhesive rhinestones.

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This card was created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.

 

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Simple Stories Classic Christmas Cards

I’ll be teaching a new class at The Paper Forest in December.

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Simple Stories Classic Christmas Cards

You may want to grab your elf hat and shoes for this fast-paced Christmas Card Class.

In this class we will create 8 Christmas cards using the Simple Stories Classic Christmas Collection.

All you need to bring is your double stick tape roller, plenty of 3D foam mounting squares and scissors.

Please join me…

Thursday, December 1st
at The Paper Forest in Washington, IL
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost:  $25

Contact The Paper Forest at 309-745-3868 to sign up.
If there is enough interest we may add a daytime class.

There’s no place like Home

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You don’t need to be a huge Wizard of Oz fan…

to fall in love with this new paper collection from Paper House Productions.

But if you are, you’re in luck!

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This sweet water colored collection from Michelle Coleman is beautifully done.

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I fell in love with her red poppies.  (Who wouldn’t?)

And as the saying goes…“There’s No Place Like Home”.

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Here’s what I used on my cards:

 

These projects were created for and sponsored by Paper House Productions.