Easy Masked Backgrounds With Stamps!

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Making masked backgrounds with stamps is super easy with these tips!

One of the fun things about creating masked backgrounds with stamps is that you can truly create a whole scene with lots of details, depth and dimension using a simple masking technique. Today Carol is showing us just how to do that with this adorable, festive card just perfect for the holidays and even further into the winter with a simple greeting swap! Let’s check out all her details.

Carol started with cutting a piece of white card stock with the largest of our Nested Rectangle Small Stitch dies. She then sprayed the back of the stencils in our Plaid Texture Stencils set with Pixie Spray. Using the base layer for the plaid stencil, Carol applied Crimson Color Fuse ink from Set #4 over her panel. She peeled off this layer and then added the second layer over, easily lining it up with the squares and applied more Crimson ink to create the pattern.

Next, she use the fourth largest Nested Oval Small Stitch die from our set to cut out an oval from the center of her panel. Then she took the next two largest dies and, centering the smaller one inside the larger and using some tape to secure them down, cut a frame from white glitter card stock.

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Carol adhered her plaid panel to her card base with some tape and then added her sparkly frame around the opening using liquid glue to get it lined up perfectly.

Now she moved on to her focal image and her awesome masked background! She started by stamping the gnome from our Christmas Gnomes stamp set onto white card stock and cut him out using the fourth largest die from the same Nested Oval Small Stitch set. She also stamped her festive fella onto some masking paper and cut him out with our coordinating die. PRO TIP: You may want to fussy cut out a shape you intend to mask OR trim it closely after die cutting so your masked backgrounds with stamps go right up to the edge of the image. This will help it really stand out against your background!

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Carol now used Versafine Onyx ink to stamp the little sign from the same set along with the greeting onto the sign itself and heat embossed with clear powder and die cut it out. She then used her Copic markers to color in elements, adding some very cool wood grain details to the little sign.

Now, she started in on the magic! She placed her mask over her gnome and using an ink blending brush, lightly buffed on some Arctic Color Fuse Ink from Set #7 from the top down about 2/3 of the way.

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She then placed this oval into a stamp positioning tool and using shades from Color Fuse Set #10, she stamped a few of the trees from our Pine Tree set into the scene.

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She then totally upped the artistry and, using Copic markers BV0000, BV000, C2, C0, and C00, she added in some shadows and hills for a snowy ground.

Carol removed her mask and, we are sure, took a moment to admire her amazing little scene. She adhered this little panel into her oval opening on her card front and then for just a touch of texture, added the little sign with some dimensional adhesive.  Isn’t this just so adorable?

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We’ve shown stencils and masks together before and this card is an extension of the magical effects you can get when you combine a couple of easy techniques. To try this out at home, add these goodies to your card and get ready to make some of these!
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This simple way to add all kinds of details to masked backgrounds with stamps is a keeper because with it, you can place your focal element anywhere you want it to be, used forced perspective to add dimension and make that main feature really pop out with very little added thickness or layers. Try it out – you will be hooked!

 

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