Cardmaking Sunday - masking

Last Sunday I had a couple of friends over for card making - it's cool to teach and share knowledge and supplies once in a while.

We had a lot of fun and I did prepare a lesson on masking, which is a very useful technique to know. Using masking you can make something appear in front of something else, or inside something. You can use elaborate designs with many elements but still keep your card one layer.

Recently I saw Channin from Craft Ghetto use cheap self adhesive contact paper as masks and when I tried this I was blown away - so easy to use. So anyone who would like to try masking should go out and get a a $2 roll of contact paper from almost any store. Please try it, you'll love it!

To make the card below, I first stamped the cute fox holding ballons, I do own the corresponding dies so I cut a mask from contact paper and positioned it right over the fox. Since I used the die I do get a white outline but I actually like that, I think it makes the fox stand out even more.

I wanted to inkblend a heart around and behind the fox so next I cut a mask of contact paper to the size of my card and then diecut a heart from Altenew's Halftone hearts nesting dies. I placed this negative mask over the card so that I could see the fox shape and then I blended several colors of Distress Oxides over all the masks. The resulting image was mounted to a cardbase et voilà!

It's very easy to diecut masks from contact paper and they are repositionable and can be reused as long as you pull them off with a little bit of caution, if you would prefer not to have the white border you can also cut masks out using scissors, in that case cut just inside the line and you'll achieve invisible masking.

I keep these masks in the same envelope as my stamps so anytime I feel like using the masking technique  I have them on hand.

This is another example of using a simple negative mask and stamping a very CAS design, I think I love this card the most, do you agree?

I might have to keep this card for Valentine's Day! I used a freebie set (YAY) from Altenew and a sentiment from Sketchy Floral was heat embossed in white on a scrap of red paper.

Here are my friends Sterling and Darcey showing off some of their masking and inkblending techniques, they made some awesome cards!

This blogpost was inspired by another great Altenew Academy class - I am learning so much doing these! I just recently passed Level 1 in the AECP program so am now officially working on the next one.


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