Masking Technique

Stamping Technique- Spotlight Background Masking Technique

Last night at class we did an easy and fun masking technique called Spotlight Background technique. At least thats what I call it.

Its super easy, but really pretty and very cool.

Here's the card that we made using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating framelits bundle.


The colors are mint macaron, pool party and basic gray archival inks, with mint macaron, basic gray and silver foil cardstocks and paper. I also used the Timeless Textures stamp set to stamp the spotlighted background.


I love how the large dragonfly shines with the silver foil sheets. I only used one dimensional to attach this dragonfly, so that the wings were free floating.

I also made another card using this technique in a different color. I have a video posted below, with step by step instructions for this card and technique.


Same technique and stamp sets, different colors:


Learn the Spotlight Background Technique here:

 The supplies used are listed in the video below.

I hope you give it a try and if you like it, I'd love for you to leave a comment below.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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More Swan Lake using Watercoloring techniques

I have a couple more Swan Lake cards to show you today. I loved watercoloring this darling stamp set, which is from the Stampin Up Occasions Catalog.

I shared a Swan Lake card the other day, using the watercolor pencils and blender pens, which I did use on one of the cards that I'll show you here.

This card uses the new watercolor pencils from Stampin Up!


We will do a very similar card at Kim's Card Class this coming week. I can't wait for all of you to use the new stamp set and the awesome watercolor pencils.

I used our tear tape to attach the pool party satin ribbon and silver sequin trim. The dragonflies were stamped in soft sky onto soft sky cardstock and I drew the trails with the Stampin Up journaling pen.


It looks great from any angle :)


This card was colored with the aqua painters dipped in ink refills. The splatter was made by splattering the aqua painter over the watercolor paper.


I added a rhinestone to the middle of the cute Classy Designer button to give it a little sparkle.


This makes such a darling thank you card for a wedding, or really any occasion.


Here's a recap of all the Swan Lake cards including the one that I posted last week.

Such a great stamp set. I love creating with the darling images in this sweet stamp set.


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Stamping Technique - Bringing it back

Today I had some fun bringing back a stamping technique that I haven't done in ages. Its a color block masking technique.

I just love it! It uses one of my favorite accessories- sponges! So, for this card, I used the "Every Occasion" stamp set. Bold stamps work really well with this awesome stamping technique. I have a quick tutorial to share as well.

Here's the finished fall themed card:


I started by using post it notes to mask off a section on the whisper white cardstock. I then stamped a solid image within that block and used the same color ink to sponge inside the block before I removed the post it note.


I continued to mask off blocks or shapes on the whisper white cardstock, while also making sure to cover what I had just stamped so not to overlap the images or inks.



Feel free to use any shapes and sizes of masking areas. Each card will be unique and have its own special pattern.


Also be sure to use a different color for each block to create contrast.


Here's the masking all removed.


Normally I don't outline the blocks, but today I decided to use the Project Life Journaling Pen to outline each shape. I used a ruler and did a dotted line around all the shapes. We call this technique, faux stitching.


I love how all the warm fall colors mesh together and form sort of a quilt-like pattern.


I used the "Endless Birthday Wishes" stamp set for the greeting, "hello"


One of my all time favorite color blocking techniques, for sure.


I hope you give this cool stamping technique a try. The "Every Occasion" stamp set is perfect for this stamping technique. It has a variety of solid images for every occasion and season.


I appreciate the time you spent viewing my blog today. I hope it inspires you to create an amazing fall card as well.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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My "Fresh Fruit" Samples from The Stampin' Up! On Stage Convention

Soon the New Stampin' Up! Annual catalog will go live- June 1st, to be exact. I can hardly wait. There are so many stamps and new accessories that I can't wait to get my hands on!

It's true that as demonstrators we do get to pre order "some" of the products. Of course I took full advantage of that so that I'm able to have new products ready for my June classes, workshops and events.

I was also blessed to be asked to do a presentation and demonstration at the On Stage Convention. So, that meant that I received some products to play with, well in advance, so that I could demonstrate with them.

One of the awesome sets that I received is the Fresh Fruits stamp set. I fell totally in love with this set right off of the bat.

I made several samples for my demonstration and for the display boards at convention.

I'm going to share of few of the cards with you today.

This is the display board from On Stage:


The cards that I am sharing today are quick, easy, fun, happy cards that can be whipped up in no time at all. I stamped all of these images on watercolor paper. I think it gives the fruit a cool textured look.

The first one is the peaches from the Fresh Fruit stamp set- available June 1st.








I used the masking technique on all of these cards. I punched the

1 3/8" circle punch and decorative label punch out of a post it note and stuck it to the cardstock. I then stamped over and all around it. Once I was finished stamping, I removed the post it note. It then left a empty space in the shape of the circle or decorative label punch, where I was able to stamp the greeting. I also used a strip of  3/4" wide, computer paper as a mask on the pear, strawberry and flower cards.

Here's another flower card, just for fun.


All of these images and greetings are included in the Fresh Fruit stamp set. I can't list the supplies below as I normally do, because the lists for the new products aren't available until June 1st. I guarantee, you are going to want to add thd Fresh Fruit set to your wish list - its a must have- and it works wonderfully with our new "In Colors"!

There are a few other cards, that I designed with this set, that you may have noticed in the display board photo. I will share those with you as well, another time.  I have a cool technique that I "made up", that I want to share with you called the "orange peel" technique.  That's what I call it. Anyway, be sure to check back soon so see it!

Until the next time..

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!