Stampin' Up! Serene Silhouettes and a simple masking technique

Earlier this week I was stamping with some friends and my friend Debby shared a picture of a card created using a masking technique. Essentially, you mask (cover) the right and left sides of the card panel and construct a scene in the middle. We used Stampin' Pastels (now retired) to create the sky and grassy hills in the open areas and then did a little stamping to get:

*How-to and Tips for you:
  1. I recommend using temporary adhesive to hold your masks in place. Your hands will appreciate it. 👍
  2. Next, create your "window" where you will add your design. You could leave it in the center, but in this case we created it left of center. We used scrap Grid Paper to cover a 3/4" strip on the left and an area approximately 1-1/4" on the right. Additional Grid Paper was hand-torn into a hill shape to help create the hills.
  3. We started by swirling Stampin' Pastels (aka chalks) into the top of the open area. Start on your mask and swirl into the open area.
  4. Place your hill mask on the area where you want to add grass. Begin swirling green Pastels into the grassy area; again start on your mask and move into the open area. Move the mask around, tilting in in different ways to create different shaped hills.
  5. To create the bottom hill, turn your hill mask 180° and add chalk from the mask down to the bottom of the card stock.
  6. Leave the left mask in place to stamp a tree coming in from the left. The 'branch" you see poking in from the left is actually the same tree used on the right/bottom. We then removed the mask on the right and stamped the tree and sentiment.

Products used today: 

Stamps: Serene Silhouettes, A Dozen Thoughts
Project Colors: Whisper White, Old Olive, Night of Navy
Tools: Stampin' Trimmer, Grid Paper, cotton balls, Stampin' Pastels (retired item)
Embellishments: Linen Thread
My favorite adhesives: Stampin' Dimensionals, Fast Fuse Adhesive


  1. This scene is truly serene! Love it!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! I'd like to be there myself. Minus any bugs... ;)


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