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.
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.
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.
You have all seen posts where I mention my friend, Buffy. She was part of the BS & J Stamp Off Challenges but we had been friends for a long time before that. At first, we were just virtual friends. That lasted quite a few years. Although I had never met Buffy in person I still felt like she was one of my closest friends. Eventually, we met at a Stampin’ Up!® Convention and we bonded even more. We have now been to a lot of events together and each one is more fun than the next. The only problem is we have been known to say something to each other and start one of those laughing fits where you just can not stop. By the time we were finally under control, we couldn’t always remember what was so funny.
In any case, years ago Buffy and I decided that we always had too much ribbon leftover when they retired so we decided to do a “product share” together. She would buy three rolls of ribbon and I would buy a different three rolls and then we would send each other half. It is a great way to get all different kinds of ribbons and maybe even use up a couple of rolls (that is not true but it is a nice thought!). This year we expanded our product shares to Designer Series Paper and embellishments because we always had an excess of unused every year. It is kind of fun because she picks some products that I would not have chosen and I hope I do the same for her.
One of the Designer Series Paper packs Buffy shared is called Pretty Prints. I am not sure I would have chosen this one on my own but I am so glad she did. One side of this paper has beautiful flower images and the other has splatters. I decided I wanted to use this paper on a card and this is what I came up with.
I took a 4″ x 5.25″ piece of the Calypso Coral/Petal Pink splatter paper and layered it onto a Petal Pink card base.
Next, I used the stamp set called Framed Occasions. It is a new set that is in the 2022/2023 Stampin’ Up!® Annual Catalog. It coordinates with a set of dies called Beautiful Shapes. Beautiful Shapes is in the January – June Mini Catalog which is retiring at the end of this month. The stamp set that was part of a bundle with these dies is retiring but the dies themselves are carried over into the new Annual Catalog. I first stamped the sentiment in Blackberry Bliss ink onto a piece of Petal Pink card stock and cut it out using one of the Beautiful Shapes dies. Then I cut out a larger-sized hexagon to layer it on. Next, I cut out a bunch of different-sized hexagons. Some of them I used whole but took a couple of them and cut out the middle so they looked like frames. I randomly placed them on the card. There are various other shapes included in the Beautiful Shapes die set including diamonds, circles and some wonky dies meant to cut out sentiments.