Positive and Negative Masking Card Making Tips!

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Learn some positive and negative masking – card making specific – for fabulous dimension!

There are tons of ways to use positive and negative masking – card making calls for some small tweaks to this idea and today Julie is going to show us an example of how you can use both on your projects to add lots of dimension and perspective.

To begin, Julie stamped and die cut a few cupcakes to use as masks and saved the piece from which she cut them out – she used both for this positive and negative masking technique. PRO TIP: It’s OK that there’s a little border around the cupcakes, making them a little bigger than their stamped images. Just by lining up the edge of the die cut with the edge of your stamped image, you will have a great result!

She stamped her delicious batch of cupcakes all nestled together using her masks, sometimes more than one at a time, to get them all lined up. PRO TIP: Julie used THREE masks to stamp that last row!

Once she stamped all the cupcakes she thought her sweet tooth could handle she used the negative mask – the piece from which the cupcakes were cut – and used that over each cupcake to sponge her ink through the openings onto the cupcakes. PRO TIP: Use your original die cut masks to mask off anything inside these openings that you don’t want to ink.

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After sponging her base colors, Julie used Copics to add details and some additionals depth. At the same time she sponged and added Copic details to one of her cupcake die cuts and popped it up with a little dimensional adhesive over the cupcake in the center.

She then cut a lighter shade of turquoise with our largest Nested Rectangle Scallop die, a piece of white card stock with the die the next size down. She then used our Nested Rectangle Stitch die set to cut white card stock with the largest die and a darker turquoise with the next size down die. She also cut the center of the darker turquoise panel with our Nested Oval Scallop die. She layered these together as shown, with her tempting cupcakes showing through the oval window, all with tape runner.

She stamped her greeting onto a scrap of white card stock in black ink and cut it out with our Nested Scallop Circle die. Julie added some stickles as a stand in for glittery sugar and added one Copic colored cherry on her popped up cupcake. She finished this off with a few sequins to echo the sparkle and we just love it!

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Here are all the fun things you will want to grab to reproduce this project:
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These positive and negative masking card making tips are sure to come in handy whenever you want to add a number of images together in a project. Bookmark this post because you WILL want to do this now that you’ve seen how easy it is!

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