Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lucky You!

I'm so excited to have another post for you! Tonight's card is based on a concept I taught my club members in February- Masking!! It's so simple but gives a fun look. It's one of those things that makes throwing together a birthday card right before the party a breeze. I'll explain it here referring to the parts of my card. Basically- I cut a background color to fit my card base (black- 4.25x 5.5). I cut a light colored panel slightly smaller (white- 3.75in x 5in). I cut a scrap piece of patterned paper (not shown- use a thin piece of paper - not cardstock- you could even use copy or printer paper) Cut that piece the same size as the light colored panel. Then- cut a rectangle (or square or circle etc- whatever you wish) from the thin sheet. Line that thin sheet up with your cardstock panel. Use a sponge to dab ink in the opening. Stamp your preferred images ( I used shamrocks) over that sponged area while your mask (the thin paper) is still in place. Remove the thin sheet from your project. You'll have a nice design that looks like it was printed on. You can edge that panel with ink in a number of ways: 1) cut a slightly smaller piece of paper to line up along the project panel leaving a small edge along the outside where you would again sponge ink (this is what I did) - 2) You could apply ink directly with the stamp pad. 3) You can use any other fun tools, methods you can think of!! Each will give it a unique look.

Lastly- over-stamp your sentiment and adhere the panel to the base. You can always add embellishments- I chose to leave mine simple (and quick!)

I'd love to see anything you create using this fast and fun method!
**** Save your masks to re-use- the next time you make a card like this it will go even faster!!***
(Supplies: All CTMH- Lucky You Stamp Set, Black and Sweet Leaf Ink, Black and White Daisy Cardstock)

1 comment:

Christi said...

Traci...this doesn't look so fast and easy to me....it is so cute tho!