Hello and happy Monday. Today's technique is a variation of masking, TLC28, and reverse masking, TLC111. Pat Huntoon reviewed this technique in her December 08 /January 09 Technique Junkie Newsletter and I thought that you all might like to give this effect a try. It's a great way to add some flair and dimension to an image, sentiment or add a border to a card or scrapbook page without adding bulk...a real bonus if you wanting to keep the weight and bulkiness down to save on postage - not to mention that it looks pretty cool.
The supplies that you will need today are:
Something to cut a shape (Nestabilities, Punch, Coluzzle, or craft knife)
Repositional tape (or regular tape rubbed against your clothing to remove some of the stickiness)
Scrap paper (a piece large enough to punch your shape)
Sponge or stipple brush
Focal image stamp (sized to fit within your shape)
Stamps for frame - swirls, circles, curvy, etc type of stamps will work best
1. Determine what shape of frame you will be using; cirle, oval, square. Punch or cut that shape out of your scrap paper. You will be using the punched shape as your mask.
2. Stamp your focal image onto your cardstock. For this technique, it's easiest if you stamp your image directly in the center of your cardstock; however you can off-center your image, but you will need to make sure that you have at least 1/2" or more of stamping space around your image once you position your punched shape on top of your image.
3. Using your repositionable tape, attach your punched shape over your focal image.
4. Using the stamp(s) you've selected for your frame, ink and stamp around the frame, with part of your stamp on your mask and part extending about 1/2" or so around the mask onto your cardstock. To help make your frame look more symetrical, try to keep the top edges of your images even.
5. This step is optional, but I like the way that it softens the edges of the frame around your focal image. With your mask still in place, ink up your sponge or stipple brush and apply around the edge of the frame.
6. This step is also optional; use it if you like: Taking a marker the same color of ink that you used to stamp your frame images, draw a line around the outside of the mask. This give a bit of definition to your frame.
7. Remove your mask and complete your card as desired.
Now it's your turn. I can't wait to see the creative ways that you all will use this technique! If you would like to see my project using this technique, CLICK HERE
To view the gallery with all of these projects, CLICK HERE
Naturally, you will need to enter the keyword TLC236 (no spaces)
when you upload your project so they will show up in the gallery for this challenge.
Hint for next week: You will need Fun Foam and some sort of embossing folder or texture plate. Fun foam is available by the sheet or in packs at Michael's, Hobby Lobby or orther local craft/hobby stores. It is very inexpensive.