Artistic Mix Decorative Masks

Stampin Up Artistic Mix

Stampin’ Up! has made some really nice Decorative Masks over the years.  For those who do not know, Decorative Masks are the same thing as stencils.  They are a lightweight plastic that you can lay on top of a piece of card stock to add designs to the background of your cards using ink.  The newest Decorative Masks they offer are called Artistic Mix.  There are five masks in the pack that can work together to make beautiful backgrounds.

To make this card I took two of the masks and layered them together.  I held them down with a piece of retired Washi Tape so they would not move when I was applying the ink.  I used Basic White card stock and Bermuda Bay ink using Blending Brushes.  By the way, if you buy multiple Blending Brushes you can have one for each color family.  I labeled the back of mine saying “blue”, “green”, “yellow”, etc so I don’t mix them up.

Here is a photo of what it looked like after I added the ink.

Stampin Up Artistic Mix

Next, I took off the masks and added some removal medical tape over the sections that had the Bermuda Bay ink and added some Orchid Oasis ink where the thicker lines were.

Stampin Up Artistic Mix

I turned the mask and repeated this step to finish the background.

Next, I used some stamps from the Framed Occasions stamp set.  I stamped the hexagon outline in Bermuda Bay ink and the sentiment in Orchid Oasis ink.  Then I cut it out using the Beautiful Shapes Dies.  After that, I cut out a piece of Basic White and Orchid Oasis card stock using two dies from the Frosted Flurry die set.  I cut them in half because they were not quite as long as I wanted them to be.  I layered one on top of the other and adhered it to the background.  Lastly, I added the hexagon with the sentiment on top using Dimensionals.

Isn’t that a fun background?

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Fun With Decorative Masks

Stampin Up Decorative Masks

I love it when I discover or come across a new way to use a product instead of just the usual way.  I found this one online from Jennifer McGuire.  She showed a video on how to use Decorative Masks in a different way.

To make the background on this card I first took a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock and layered one of the Plenty Of Patterns Decorative Masks on top of it.  I taped it down so it would not move.  Then I used Post-It notes to cover around a section in order to keep one color in that section.

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I used a Blending Brush to add colors to one section and then would move the Post-It Notes to another place to add some color there.  I repeated this process until all the sections had ink.  The colors I used for this were Night Of Navy, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party. It reminded me of a stained glass window.

After I was done with the background, I cut out the sentiment using a die from the set called Floral Gallery.  I actually cut it out three times and layered them on top of each other using Multipurpose Glue.  I like how it added more dimension to the card then just using one layer.  You probably could use white card board (like the kind that comes in our packs of Designer Series Paper) to achieve the same affect.  I adhered that to a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock layered on a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock.  Lastly I added some Playing With Patterns Resin Dots.

I left the inside of the card plain so I can pick a sentiment when I am ready to send the card.

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Embossing With A Decorative Mask

Stampin Up Poinsettia Petals

Hello everyone.  Here is a fun card I made using one of the Stampin’ Up!® Decorative Masks from the set called Adorning Designs.  It is the snowflake one from this pack and it is in the 2021 July – December Mini Catalog (also known as the Holiday Catalog).  It is another fun way to use your Decorative Masks.

To make this card you need to have an Impressions Mat.  Right now Stampin’ Up!® does not have one available but hopefully one will be soon.  I had one from my old Big Shot so I used that. I first cut out a piece of Gold Foil using a die from the Stitched Rectangle dies.  It is better to cut it before you emboss it so it does not flatten the design when running it through.   The sandwich I used in my Cut & Emboss machine to emboss it is as follows:  the main base plate>#3 plate>impressions mat>Gold Foil shiny side up> Decorative Mask and #4 plate.  You can use regular card stock too with the same sandwich.  It left a beautiful snowflake impression on my Gold Foil and turns your Decorative Mask into  an embossing folder.  I love it!

After running the Gold Foil through my Cut ‘N Emboss machine I adhered it to a Basic White card base using Multipurpose Glue.  I cut the Poinsettia flowers out using the Poinsettia Dies in Basic White card stock and the center of the flower in Gold Foil.  After I glued them together, I bent the petals up to make it more 3D.  I stamped the sentiment (from a retired stamp set called Four The Holidays) in Versamark and heat embossed it with Gold Embossing powder.

It looks beautiful in the photograph but even prettier in person.  I think it would look beautiful using Shimmer card stock too.  You could do this technique with any Decorative Masks.

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