A cheat’s guide to double masking

by Aimes

Hey!

It's Aimes here with a clean and simple card featuring some double masking. Actually, I'm not even sure if that's the official name or if there's even a name for this technique! I'm going to confess that if there is, then I may have just found a cheat's approach to it with this card featuring the Striped Florals stamp set. :)

Thank you

I originally wanted to keep things very simple and stamp a circular design in the centre of the card front, leaving the space around it empty. This was done by die-cutting a circle from a piece paper, placing the aperture over the card front and stamping inside it. However, when I'd finished, the design just looked a little too bare. It needed something else! So I decided to continue the pattern building outside of focal point using the Arctic ink.

Now the beauty of using a very light tone of ink for the design outside of the focal point meant that I could save time (some might say, cheat!) and simply align the stamps over the green leafy design as the light shade of ink isn't visible over the darker shade of green. ;)

If you wanted to reverse this design, or not cheat, then I'd suggest creating the mask from acetate as then you can place it onto the stamped design to protect it while aligning the stamps with ease to continue stamping around it.

After all of that stamping, I simply added a gorgeous die-cut sentiment from the Majestic Bloom die set and wrapped a piece of green twine around the top of the card. Easy peasy!

I hope you like today's card and might even be inspired to give this technique a try for yourself.

Happy stamping/cheating! ;)

S_Amy

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Nan G July 10, 2016 - 09:06

Fabulous card! Love the technique and will give it a try.

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:47

Thanks! I hope you have fun trying out this easy peasy technique! :)

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Maria Rodriguez July 10, 2016 - 09:08

Oh WOW!! What a fabulous card!!! you are so clever and creative to come up with this idea, I love that by doing it this way, you don’t get that pesky white space you get when you stamp over a piece of paper that is placed on top of your outside design.
I’m going to give this “cheating” technique a try.
Thank you so much for sharing.
Hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:48

You’re too kind, Maria! I’m pretty sure many have done this before me, but it was a fun creative process to reach this result anyway! ;)

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FeM July 10, 2016 - 09:50

Wow this is a cool technique . Nice card.

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:49

Thank you so much! Hope you have the chance to try out this technique too! :)

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Janet July 10, 2016 - 09:54

Beautiful card and clever idea – regardless of what you call it ;-P Thank you!

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:49

Ha! Well whatever it’s called, it’s fun and easy, Janet! ;) Thank you! :)

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Marianne July 10, 2016 - 10:00

Love the look of this. Of course, you could also simply stamp the entire panel using the light ink and then overstamp you focal area after placing the outside mask.

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:51

Thanks, Marianne and whatever way works best is the right way! I just happened to do it this way as I originally only wanted that central circle – it’s all part of the fun, creative process. ;)

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Betty July 10, 2016 - 10:24

beautiful card – wonderful technique – will have to remember this technique! love it!

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:52

Thanks, Betty! I hope you have fun playing with this technique for yourself. :)

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Sunshinepen July 10, 2016 - 10:33

clever idea thanks

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 11:52

Thanks! I love a technique that looks clever, but is really simple to do. ;)

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LauraJane:) July 10, 2016 - 13:11

Perfectly stunning Cheat!! Thanks for explaining the process as I would have guest it to be a much more difficult/time consuming task to create.

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Aimes July 10, 2016 - 15:04

Thank you! I promise it really is that easy! ;)

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Linda C July 10, 2016 - 15:10

Quite lovely!! Very creative and very inspirational!!

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Aimes July 11, 2016 - 16:27

Thank you so much, Linda! :)

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Eveline van Heijst July 10, 2016 - 17:54

I love the look of this card.

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Aimes July 11, 2016 - 16:28

Thank you, Eveline! I hope it inspires you to try out this fun technique too! ;)

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Shona Chambers July 13, 2016 - 04:37

Your a genius, its a fantastic idea and love the card!!!!!

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Taunya Butler July 15, 2016 - 21:52

WOWZERS – what a completely gorgeous and coolly styled card – the double masking is so genius and I for sure want to give this a try – Amy, you have made a stunning work of art!!

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