Hello crafty friends! Some of the most impressive cards I have seen around involved a lot of masking, and I often shy away from the effort of creating masks. It’s a lot of fussy cutting, moving masks around, etc. But the result – oh, the result is so worth the effort! That’s why I am sharing today’s project with you, made with floral stamps by Hero Arts and a sentiment by Create A Smile stamps.
I started out by stamping my two floral shapes on Post It tape (regular post its would do it, too) – two of each floral shape – and fussy cut them. Tip: don’t drink wine before you do it, and put on a good movie before you start. I only cut the actual floral image, I didn’t bother with the stem or with the whispy thingies reaching out from one of the shapes. Once I had my masks, I could start my stamping.
I went around the border of the card, replacing the masks as needed, until I had all my images stamped. I considered going all crazy with colors for a while, but then decided to just two color schemes, one for each shape. That prevents the card from looking too busy. I laid down the base color with my Copic markers, doing some easy blending from light to dark, and then grabbed my Polychromos pencils and added details.
Since you already colored the image itself, you really only need to add a few strokes with the pencils to create the illusion of depth and detail, it’s a really neat trick.
As a finishing touch, I added some Liquid Pearls to the flowers – they make it sparkle and shine, and add just a touch of dimension but nothing you need to worry about when putting it through the mail.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!
I’ve listed the products used for this project below. If possible, I link to Seven Hills Crafts for all European Crafters. Alternative shopping outlets linked to are Amazon US and Simon Says Stamp. Click here to learn more about which companies I am affiliated with.