Embossing With Masks


Stampin Up Soft Seedlings

The internet is a fantastic place to find many new stamping ideas.  I was looking around to see if I could find a new technique and I ran across this one.  It is where you use a Mask to emboss a piece of card stock.  There were tons of samples so I can’t give credit to whoever came up with the idea in the first place but it was a brilliant and easy one!

When cut and emboss machines came out a long time ago many of them included an embossing pad.  I know you can still get them online but I am not sure the machines come with them anymore but I had an old one I used with my Cut & Emboss Machine.   The sandwich you need is as follows:  The large cutting platform (plate #1), the shim plate (#2), a cutting plate (#3), the rubber mat, cardstock (I used Basic White), the Mask (I used one from Artistic Mix), and another cutting plate (#2).  Some machines may need an additional shim such as a piece of card stock but mine worked fine without one.  Below is a close-up of how it turned out.

Stampin Up Embossing With Masks

Isn’t that fun?

To make the rest of the card, I used the stamp set called Soft Seedlings using the Stamparatus.  That way you can keep the card stock in place and stamp it multiple times.  I first stamped it using Crushed Curry ink.  Then I cleaned off the stamp and did it again using Pumpkin Pie and then Real Red ink.  Then I cut it out and layered it on the piece I had embossed and then on a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.  Next, I stamped the sentiment and layered that onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie card stock.

I thought it was such a fun idea and I love how it came out.  You should try it!

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Decorative Masks Challenge

Hello everyone.  It is, once again, time for another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  This time our challenge was to use our Decorative Masks.  I love masks (or stencils) so I was happy to see this one.  As I often do, I cheated a bit on this challenge.  I didn’t use one of the current masks but instead choose a retired one that was part of a kit a few years back.  I did a huge clean out when we moved to Nashville last Fall and I found so many things I had forgotten about.  Most of the things I kept but a lot when in the trash.  This mask was a keeper!  When I unpacked in the new house, I tried to organize a little better than I was in the old house and managed to put all my masks in one place so when I went through them I found this starburst one.

Here is the card I made using this mask.

Stampin Up True Love

To make the background I used So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and BumbleBee.  I decided to add a little Mango Melody too.  I first taped down a 4.25″ x 5.5″ piece of Basic White card stock using removable tape.  That way the card stock would not move while I was added the color.   I sprayed the back of my mask using Pixie Spray so it would not move either.  You could also used Washi Tape or another removable tape to do this.   I used a Blending Brush to add the So Saffron ink all the way around.  Then I turned the mask a little bit and used Daffodil Delight ink.  I kept doing this until I had used all the colors I wanted.  Then I cut the card stock down to 3.5″ x 4.25″.  I thought it was a very cool effect.  It looks like a sunburst with a ton of little rays.I backed it with a piece of Mango Melody card stock.

Next I took a piece of True Love Designer Series Paper and cut out one of the flower images.  This DSP is awesome because it is all black and white and you can color it using your Stampin Blends.  I used Light and Dark Highland Heather, Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green.  This Designer Series Paper will be retiring when the January – June Catalog ends on June 30th.

I cut out the sentiment in Basic Black card stock using the die set called Well Written.

Now, let’s go see what Buffy and Jackie did with masks.  I am sure whatever they make will be amazing!

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Stitched Stars Birthday Card

This is the last card we made at my September Stamp Class.  It is another example of how you can take a Christmas themed stamp set and dies and use it year round.  In this case we made a birthday card with them.

The fun thing about this card is I accidentally discovered a new way to use a  the Patterned Party Decorative Masks (or stencils).   I am sure someone other very talented Demonstrator discovered this technique way before me but I had not seen it before.   I was using it the regular way where you lay the mask over cardstock sponge some ink on it.  While I was doing this, I accidentally put the inky mask upside down on my Grid Paper and I noticed it left some ink in a fun pattern.  I decided to try it on purpose using Seaside Spray Ink and a brayer instead of a sponge so I would get more ink on it.  Then I took Pretty Peacock ink and dabbed some ink randomly around using a sponge.  When this was done, I turned the Mask upside down on a piece of Whisper White cardstock and rubbed it.  I think it looks kind of fun!  It might be fun to try with the Mask that has clouds in it.  You could make a textured looking sky with white clouds.

Anyway, after making the background I cut out two stars from the Stitched Stars Dies that are in the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Holiday Catalog.  The larger star is Pretty Peacock and the smaller one was cut out using the new Mercury Glass Designer Series Paper  Acetate.  As a side note, there is a piece of plaster one one side of this acetate that you need to peel off before using.

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays and was cut out using a Stitched Rectangle Die.

Just a reminder, there are only a few more days to the Buy 3 Get 1 free Designer Series Paper  Deal!  September 30th is the last day.

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A Technique Challenge

Hello everyone.  Today is another Stamp Off Challenge with Jackie, Buffy and me.  Today’s challenge is to use your favorite technique.  Oh boy.  This was a hard one for me.  I don’t really have a favorite technique.  I asked Buffy if plain old stamping was a technique.  I could hear her eye roll from here!  I decided to use a technique that I used a couple of years ago (you can see it HERE).  It uses ink and masks.  I did it a little differently this time after I saw a great video from Jennifer McGuire the other day.  I love her videos because she shows some great techniques in a clear and easy to understand way.

The colors I used for these cards are Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black.  I also used a brand new product from the 2019 Holiday Catalog.  It is a new set of Masks (stencils) called Basic Pattern Decorative Masks.  I used the polka dot one.  I was very excited to see new Masks since we have had the current ones for a long time.

To make this card I used a stencil that I actually made.  It is a stencil that can be used to make a wreath out of stamped images.  I lay my cardstock in the stencil and layered the polka dot Mask over it.  I added ink to the stencil using my Stampin’ Up!® Sponges turning the cardstock with every new color.  It ended up leaving a white space where you can put the sentiment.

For the sentiments I used the stamp sets called Broadway Birthday and A Wish For Everything.  The dies I used were Stitched Rectangles and Word Wishes.

Now, let’s go check out Buffy’s and Jackie’s favorite technique.  I hope they had an easier time than I did!

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Celebrate You Thinlits & Stencils

The internet is really an amazing thing.  You can find anything on there.  Now, you can’t always believe everything you see and read but there is a lot of useful information out there.  If you are looking for new stamping ideas or techniques there is a wealth of web sites out there.  The best part is it is ok to use a technique you found.  It is called CASEing (Copy and Share Everything).  There is a certain etiquette that if you know where you got the idea from, you should say so but sometimes you don’t know where it came from.  All you need to do is say that you “found this on the internet but don’t know who came up with it”.

I happen to find this technique using masks or stencils on the internet.  Jennifer McGuire did a video about it and I thought it was amazing.  All I did was place a mask over a piece of Whisper White cardstock (it helps to use Washi Tape to keep it in place) and sponge color over it.  Then I moved the mask a bit and sponge another color.  I did this four times to make the background in this card.  The colors I used are Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Sweet Sugarplum and Pool Party.  Each time I moved the mask so there was only white space and then sponged.  Isn’t it awesome?!

The stencil I used is from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks set.  It was simple to do and I love the results.

The word “celebrate” is a die from the Sale-a-bration Catalog called Celebrate You Thinlits.  The ‘you” is from another Sale-a-bration item called Amazing You.  You can get either or both of these items with a qualifying order.  The leaves are from the Leaf Punch.

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Happy Birthday Emily

Merriest Wishes, Seasonal Decorative Masks, Birthday Banners

Yesterday was my sister Emily’s birthday.  I don’t usually post on Sundays so I am posting a Happy Birthday message to her today.  This is not the card I sent her because I actually forgot to take a picture of the card I did send.  In any case, Emily is an amazing woman.  She is kind, thoughtful and dedicated.  She does a lot of things for other people.

I made this card using the Seasonal Decorative Masks for the background.  You can either use a sponge dauber or a regular sponge to do this.  I used Pool Party Ink on top of the Pool Party cardstock.  The medallion is from a set of Framelits called Merry Tags.  Merry Tags does have a matching stamp set called Merry Wishes and you can save 10% by purchasing them in a Bundle.  The sentiment is from Birthday Banners which also has a matching set of Framelits called Bunch of Banners.

Happy Birthday, Emily.  I hope your day yesterday was awesome!

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