Love, Forever Cards

Masking and watercolors were used to create these love inspired cards.

Hello and welcome! I love playing with stamps and seeing what I can come up with by combining them. Both of these cards were made using single bird stamps and the masking* technique to unite them into a scene.

*Masking is using something, like paper, to cover and protect one image so that another image can be stamped over it. This makes the first image look as if it’s in the front.

Using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Forever stamp set (#1885), stamp the front bird image with Gina K Amalgam Ink onto watercolor paper.

Stamp the same bird image onto masking paper or a post it note and trim very closely to the outline.

Place your mask on the watercolor paper directly over the stamped image.

Stamp the second bird image over the masked bird (this isn’t shown). Stamp and cut a mask of this bird, too. Place the mask over the new bird as pictured.

I didn’t take a picture, but mask over stamped areas that you want to protect, then stamp in the foliage. You can even place small amounts of mask, like I did here on the tail, to protect little areas. With a pencil, faintly draw in branches for the birds feet to rest on or to connect to the foliage. Then go over the pencil with a very thin Copic liner or another water resistant marker.

I used watercolors from Elizabeth Craft Designs to paint my stamped images, leaves, and the branch that I drew. Leave some small unpainted areas for highlights. Remember to let an area dry before painting any area that touches it or the colors will run together.

Create a subtle frame by applying brown distress ink along the edges of the paper. Stamp on a sentiment and back with patterned paper from Reminiscence the book 2. Attach to your card base and be sure to share it with someone!

Here is the second card using the same masking technique, but with some gold paint spattered over it.

Do you enjoy masking? Let me know what you think.

Happy crafting!


Published by Di Wong

Wife, mother, and maker of pretty things.

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