Hello! Today I’m sharing a card I made using one of my favorite new techniques – die cut masking.
To make the panel for this card, I used the Wplus9 Doodle Buds stamp set to make a pattern on the background. I then used the coordinating dies and inkadinkado masking paper to make masks for each shape. After that, I dusted off my Copic airbrush tools and put them to work.
I used my YR02 Copic Marker (light orange) to airbrush the entire panel. After you remove the masks, each stamped image has a nice white boarder around it. I love the effect.
This panel sat on the edge of my craft desk for weeks until I figured out what I wanted to do with it…I thought a black sentiment would really pop against the background (the sentiment is the Painted Hello die by SSS).
To separate the sentiment from the background a bit, I added a vellum circlebehind the sentiment (I also added a thin line of white embossing powder around the outside of the circle). After mounting the circle and the sentiment, I stapled on some paper strips to ground everything. Lastly, I added some sequins for a little extra embellishment.
I’m still trying out different techniques to use with my airbrush, but this is my favorite so far. The masking technique also works with ink blending or just coloring marker-to-paper. The best thing about this hobby is that the possibilities are endless!
Sometimes you can just let a nice patterned paper do all the work! For this card, I just sliced a gap toward the bottom of a piece of patterned paper (that I had cut down to 5 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches), slapped a sentiment in the gap (after partially die cutting some parts of the paper) and mounted everything onto a card base.
I die cut the patterned paper and stamped the sentiment on the white card base so it would fit perfectly between the two pieces of the patterned paper that I cut apart, then added a layer of vellum on top of the stamped sentiment. The vellum on top helps to diffuse the lines of the stamp a bit – and I just like how it looks. I used a little heart embellishment and a sentiment sticker from the Cirque Card kit to finish off the card.
Handmade sets of anything always make a really nice gift. In all my cardmarking, I decided that sets of cards would be a really easy and thoughtful gift to send off to some of my friends who live far away. I decided on an easily reproduce-able design and used a very simple technique of embossing a sentiment on watercolor paper, and doing a watercolor wash in various colors for the different cards. I then mounted the watercolor panel onto a 4bar-size card base.
For some of the cards, I embossed the Hello sentiments with platinum embossing powder, for others I used white or clear embossing powder. Some cards I mounted on off-white cards, others I mounted on kraft cardstock cards. I like to mix it up. I also used a variety of smaller sentiments to go with the “hello” to give a variety of card choices to the recipients of the card sets.
I included 4 cards in every card set, along with 4 envelopes, postage and a pen. I put everything in a nice clear box (that I ordered from clearbags.com), and made a little label for each set on my computer. I had so much fun making these and shipping them off.