So the next time someone says “masking” in stamping, I will have to quietly say to myself, “Masking equals Messy!”
The challenge for Simplicity this week is to use the masking technique for a background. Intrigued, I googled masking because I had no clue about the technique. I came across this website, saw a few examples, and just went with an idea. Looking back, I think I did it all wrong Regardless, too many beautiful pieces of cardstock were wasted well-loved in the process for me not to post! So here is my “masquerading” masking technique.
So, I cut out 2 images of scotties onto a sturdy craftstock. This is only after realizing that once I used my scottie outline with ink, it became too messy to flip over and use in a different direction. (Wasted cardstock #1). Next, I placed my scottie outline on a desired spot and stamped the black pigment ink pad over it. This resulted in waaaaaayyy too much pigment since the cardstock was soaking with ink. (Wasted cardstock #2). So, I grabbed a new makeup sponge applicator, dabbed on some ink, and then applied it to my cardstock. The result was Perfecto!
Btw, don’t forget to hold down the cut-out while you are applying the ink or else it may move around! (Wasted cardstock #3). Finally, I let the background images dry and then stamped on the sentiment. Be sure to wipe your hands down before handling the card. Ink gets everywhere and can ruin a great masterpiece (Wasted cardstock #4). That mistake hurt the most! lol.
I did a version in pink because after all that work, I didn’t want just ONE card as evidence of my tears! At least now, I have two! Plus, I really enjoy how the “best friends” repetition looks on the pink version! Overall, I like the result even though I didn’t exactly do the technique correctly…”A” for effort right?
Helpful tip: Sometimes you may make a small stamping mistake (i.e. The best friends sentiment on the left side of the pink card did not pick up enough ink and thus there are small patches. ugh! annoying!) Don’t throw all that work away just yet! Simply take a black permanent marker and fill in the gaps by hand. With a little patience and a great sharpie, you can fill in all your mistakes and no one will be the wiser! Unless, you are like me, and post your mistakes for all to see! lol!
- Recipe: Craftstock from Recollections, Black pigment ink from Color box, Makeup sponge applicator, “Best friends” stamp from the Paper Company.