Masked Florals for Mother’s Day

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By Card Making and Paper Crafts Contributor Heidi from the blog Blue Scallop Creations.

There are some really fun techniques for stamping out there, but by far, my favorite is masking.  I love that you can have the look of depth and volume on the front of a card, but still have it lie flat for easy mailing.  For my project today, I’ll be doing a simple masking technique using a floral stamp from Hampton Art’s Clear Layer Flower Amaze.

To start, I stamped a few of the open flowers from the stamp set onto some masking paper.

I used my scissors to cut them out.  Sometimes, stamps have matching dies and you could use those instead.

I secured my white note card down with some Post-It tape going along the seam so I could stamp off the paper.  After I stamped my first floral stamp down in Versafine Onyx Black  ink, I placed one of my masks over it.  This first flower will be in the front and anything you stamp over it while it’s masked will be in the back.  I used the Versafine ink because I wanted to heat emboss some clear powder over the tops of the flowers.

Next, I stamped another flower overlapping the masked flower.  You can see how great it looks when you lift off the mask.

I continued masking and stamping, sometimes putting multiple masks over flowers so I could stamp over two at a time.  If you want another flower in the front of the group, simply stamp it onto an open area, then mask that flower and stamp others on top.

At this point, I stop and place my sentiment down to see how much more room I’ll have for flowers.

Before I stamped any more flowers, I quickly heat embossed some clear embossing powder over the flowers.  I did this in batches to make sure the ink didn’t dry before I had a chance to heat emboss.

The heat embossing gives a nice shine and makes it easier for coloring.

I added some leaves from the stamp set using the same masking technique, then added my sentiment using my stamp platform.  This is a handy tool since you don’t want to make any kind of mistake that would ruin all that great masking.  The sentiment is from the Hampton Art Clear Layer Words stamp set.   A grid sheet on top of the card while stamping is helpful in getting the sentiment straight.  I used Versafine Onyx Black for the sentiment as well and also heat embossed it.

After my stamping was done, I took out my swatch book for my Zig Markers and chose some greens and purples for the flowers–Persian GreenTurquoise GreenBlueLilac and Violet.  For the markers, I have a swatch for dry and wet.  For this project, I used them dry.

I blended the colors over the flowers and leaves to give a realistic look using blue and purple.

Here is a close-up of the shiny heat embossing with the color.  I added some clear embellishments to highlight the sentiments.

This would be a perfect card for Mother’s Day, or any special person in your life.

The masking technique works with pretty much any type of stamp that you can cut out.  Masking with flowers has to be my favorite though!  Thanks so much for joining me today and I hope you’ll be inspired to give masking a try.

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