Stampin' Up! Bright Hopes Simple Masking Technique

Have you mailed your Christmas cards yet? Well, if you haven't... then I'm in good company :) Today's card is one I considered sending to family members, until my sweetie requested cards for his colleagues at work and I realized this design would be perfect!

The following card, based on one by Darlene Devries, uses a simple masking technique to create a base for stamped images. The "mask" is a piece of card stock, cut to the same size as the card front layer. Then, I used a craft knife and ruler to cut out a window leaving a one inch border on all four sides. This mask lays over the card front and allows me to add color just where I want it. A Brayer, inked with Marina Mist Classic Ink, was the perfect tool for this. For the visual amongst us...

So now we have our background, and all that is left is to stamp. My hubby needed 35 cards, so I kept it simple and added Season's Greetings along with a few snowflakes. The card base could have been left flat, but my Big Shot was sitting right next to me with the Perfect Polka Dots folder staring me down....staring at me I tell you! I couldn't resist using the folder or adding my favorite easy-to-use embellishment - our self-adhesive Rhinestones!

Now his cards are ready. Time to get to work on the family cards!

Before I go: you could use Stampin' Sponges to sponge on color during the masking process. Add one color, or add several (mimic the sky at sunset). The brayer, however, did make it easier to create so many backgrounds in very little time...

Supply Details: 
Stamps: Bright Hopes, plus a couple of random stamps found ages ago
Ink: Marina Mist (pad and marker), Night of Navy
Paper: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Tools: Craft Knife, Ruler, Brayer, Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Embellishments: Jewels Basic Rhinestone
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