For my current SOS card, I used the masking technique. More than one person has told me this must be really difficult, and probably takes forever. To that I say BAH! You don't know me very well if you think that. I have a very short attention span, and couldn't manage anything that didn't give me instant gratification.
So, I decided to do another masked card, then show you - step by step - how crazy-easy this is. First, my card:
Stamps - Sentiment by MFT, from the Twisted Foursome set, flower from the SU Betsy's Blossoms set; Papers - Basic Grey What's Up, SU Poppy Parade; everything else is misc stash.
I followed this Sweet Sunday Sketch, largely because it had a rectangle:
Sentiment. Why did I choose this one? Because it was skinny. The fact that it's irreverent is just a bonus. :)
Oh, the button. It was very red, and I thought it was too much with the colored flower piece, so I punched a 3/4" circle from the same What's Up paper I'd used for the background and stuck it into the center of the button. During the threading of the twine, you may have heard me mutter "what was I thinking". In the end, I like how it came out, though.
Okay, ready for some step-by-step photos of the masking? If not, say bye! Otherwise, let us begin.
First, I stamped the flower four times onto a post-it:
Next I cut out my masks and colored my background:
Next I stamped the first row of flowers:
... and you have your second row. The top row was stamped over the masks, so that part didn't hit your card stock. This will give the illusion that the top row of flowers is behind the first row. You'll see that once I start moving the masks around.
Now, do you see how you need to mask the top flowers in order to stamp any more? I moved the bottom mask up and added mask #4:
then I started stamping the third row of flowers:
In order to stamp any more on the right, I needed to move a mask back over the bottom right flower:
Then I just moved the masks up and kept going:
Seriously, this took all of 5 minutes to do once I'd started stamping. It really is that easy. Now, if you were doing a street scene or something with several different images, I'd suggest you sketch that out first so you have a clue and then take your time, but with a repeated image like this, 5 minutes. 10 minutes if you're nervous.
And, not to be forgotten, our used-and-abused masks:
Then it was just a matter of figuring out the rest of the card (here it is again):
So there you have it. And if you are still here, THANK YOU! Please let me know if you've never tried masking before and this tutorial encouraged you to give it a try. I'd like to hear what you think. No, really, I would!
Thanks for stopping by!