Hello friends. I’m back today with a masked, one layer birthday card, featuring the Mari Party and Shell Yeah stamp sets. This card was created with minimal supplies and a couple of fun techniques. It’s all about ink and stamps, so stick around for a few minutes as I share some creative details!
The full dimension of this masked card is 4″W x 5.75″H from the top of the balloon that extends above the card. You could easily trim this down to an A2 size, if you prefer. To begin, I positioned my stamps for placement and stamped onto heavyweight white cardstock, using my stamp positioner.
Next, I stamped my images again, this time on plain printer paper, fussy cutting the images to use as a mask. As you can see, the mermaid on the right was partially stamped to appear as if she was popping up out of the water. To keep my masked images secure, I used a non-permanent adhesive runner on the back, then placed each mask over the original stamped images.
This next technique is super easy and a lot of fun. If you like ripping things and maybe getting rid of some aggression at the same time (hehe), then this is for you! Grab some more of that printer paper and tear several strips. Try to intentionally tear so that you have some slopes along the ripped edge. This will really give an amazing cloud or water effect.
Now, grab your ink and a blender brush and line up your strip and begin blending ink just over the edge of the paper, onto the masked card panel. I started with the ocean first, using mostly purple and blue distress and oxide inks. Next, I moved on to the sky and continued with the same color but added pink, as well. Make sure you use a different torn strip for each color, and clean or switch your blender brush between colors. Swiping on a damp stamp shammy is a great way to quickly clean your brush. Also, if your printer paper becomes too saturated with ink, it can bleed through and smudge, so have extra strips ready to swap out. Once you’re finished with your inking, peel off the masked images and rub off any excess non-permanent adhesive on the panel that may be left behind, before coloring.
I love to embellish my images too. I colored my balloons, from the Mari Party stamp set, with alcohol markers, then embellished with a white gel pen, drawing balloon strings with a black extra fine tip marker. The mermaids from the Shell Yeah stamp set, were also embellished with gel pens and colored with alcohol markers. I even dotted my ocean, for a fun bubble effect. Once my masked card panel was complete, I trimmed along the top edge, so the balloon would appear to soar over the top of my card.
I hope you’ll have a little fun trying out these techniques. Be sure and share your projects with us over at The Roadies Facebook group. We love to see what you’re creating! Until next time, stay crafty!