I love Christmas stamps, but sometimes I’m a bit sad that they sit in a box for most of the year, receiving no love from me. So, I looked at my Christmas stamps by Purple Onion Designs and wondered how I could incorporate them into a non-christmas card. With a bit of a shock I realized that I hadn’t even used the beautiful Hot Cocoa stand stamp yet, so that one had to go onto this card. I simply wiped off parts of the stamp, so I could turn hot winter drink into a cool summer ice tea.
In the video, I’ll be focusing on masking off images to create a scene and once more, I’ll show you how to perfectly position your rubber stamps on cards:
For masking off images, you want to be using either dedicated masking paper or you can use wide masking tape – it just needs to be something that will pull off your card without tearing the paper and it should be resistant enough so that regular dye ink won’t seep through.
I’m also using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to position my rubber stamps. You can’t see through them, so this little tool is literally priceless when it comes to placing your images exactly where you want them to go.
As you can see in the video, I’m having a super accident towards the end after I had done all my coloring: I had masked off the bottom and sides of my cards before using my Distress Tool, but I had forgotten to mask off the colored images!! Since I’ve just had a birthday, I’m declaring this a senior moment, but you can imagine the screeching and wailing that ensued when I realized my mistake!
But, as I show in the video: there’s no reason to throw out the card. I was able to fix it, since the color was only on the tail and not the face, so don’t (completely) despair if something like this happens to you. In most cases, there’s a way to salvage the card. If I had extended the distress color further up into the critter, I’d have stamped it separately and then foam mounted it onto the card and no-one would have been the wiser 😉
The background got some additional interest by splattering some water on it, then dabbing it off – that gives you those interesting splotches. And of course a few sequins by Pretty Pink Posh are just perfect to finish the card with appropriate sparkle.
I’m sending this card off to The Friday Mashup which is asking us to use any kind of technique: well, I have masking, background distressing, water splats and fixing my own mistakes 😀
Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know what you think about the card or video. Have a great day!