Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tutorial: 2 Ways to Mask & Sponging Too

Welcome to Super Saturday!  Today’s free tutorial will focus on 2 ways to mask and a bit of sponging too!

Have you ever used traditional reverse masking technique where you stamp an image onto a post it note, cut it out, and use it to cover an already stamped image?   That technique has been well documented and presented at Splitcoaststampers  (View the Reverse Masking Tutorial HERE).

Today I’m sharing a shortcut masking technique along with post it note masking commonly used in brayer technique cards similar to that used in Capture the Wave.finished card subject of today's 2 ways to mask, and sponging tutorial

Gather your supplies: 

  • 3 x 5” Post it note or scrap of thin printer paper and repositionable adhesive.
  • Very Vanilla Card Stock
  • Old Olive, River Rock and Crumb Cake Classic Ink
  • Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker
  • Lovely as A Tree and En Francais Stamp Sets
  • Stampin’ Sponge Wedge
  • Scotch Tape

Step by Step Tutorial:

  1. Tear post it note along sticky edge to reveal dips.  Leave adequate adhesive en tact to use to secure the post it note on an angle to the very vanilla card stock as shown below.tear post it note along adhesive edge and affix to vv card stock
  2. Apply Crumb Cake Ink to the En Francais stamp and stamp onto Very Vanilla Card Stock.
  3. Today’s Tips for Paper Crafters:

    • Use grid paper lines to square up and align both the very vanilla card stock and the En Francais stamp.
    • When stamping, align the top edge of the stamp so that it will stamp only on the post it note and lower portion of very vanilla card stamp, align so that it will not stamp on upper portion of cs
  4. Then, simply rock or drop the stamp over onto the card stock… your script from En Francais this will help you with crumb cake ink.roll over or drop onto card stock and apply even pressure to achieve well stamped image
  5. Remove the stamp from card stock and ink up a wedge of stampin’ sponge with River Rock ink.  Sponge along torn edge of the post it note, sponging AWAY from the torn edge and towards the stamped card stock.sponge along the edge, away from the torn post it note edge
  6. Lift an edge of the post it note and peek to see if the line is dark enough… replace the sticky edge and sponge more if needed then remove the post it note.  Continue to sponge and colorize the rest of the stamped portion, and card stock edges.carefully lift one corner to peek at color, replace and sponge again if needed
  7. Place scotch tape along the lower edge of the single tree stamp.  Adhere to both rubber and block.  This is a quick and easy way to mask a portion of your stamp!!use scotch tape to mask lower portion of tree and prevent from inking
  8. Apply Old Olive Ink to the masked stamp and remove the scotch tape prior to stamping onto card stock.  remove tape and stamp.  Repeat steps 6 and seven two more times
  9. Repeat steps 6 and 7 two more times varying both height and placement of the stamp.results of scotch tape masking...
  10. The trunks of the trees are currently hollow… use the fine tip point of the Soft Sued Marker to sketch in the tree trunks.sketch in the trunks with the fine tip of the soft sued marker
  11. Continue to assemble your card as desired!

Additional supplies used in my finished card sample:finished card with hemp twine, embossing, stamped sentiment and buttons

Stamps:  Delightful Dozen

Papers:  Soft Suede, Old Olive

Terrific Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Awesome Accessories:  Bright's Button, Hemp Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Have an awesome weekend!!  I look forward to your comments, and hope you’ll stop back by tomorrow for a fun dimensional card!



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Stamps:  Lovely As A Tree WM 115026, Delightful Dozen WM 122650/ CM 122652

Papers:  Very Vanilla 1001650, Soft Suede 115318, Old Olive 100702

Inks:  Crumb Cake 121030, Old Olive 102277, River Rock 109010, Soft Suede Stampin’ Write Marker 120973

Terrific Tools:  Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine 113439, Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder 119976

Awesome Accessories:  Hemp Twine 100982, Bright's Designer Buttons 119747, Stampin’ Dimensionals 104430

Non SU Supplies:  3” x 5” post it note, scotch tape

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Libby Dyson said...

Thanks for a great tutorial that's easy to follow. Your work is always so beautiful Sharon and I really appreciate the fact that you share your creativeness with everyone, so freely. Gorgeous card TFS

Elaine Wheeler said...

wow what a stunning card Sharon great technique well done I'm sorry I have been poorly and unable to comment but am back now ,you have been creating some lovely cards whilst I have been away,Hugs Elaine

ColleenB. said...

Such a lovely card and yet so easy to make.
You have some of the best tutorials with such easy to follow insturctions; especially for someone like me who needs the step by step instructions / with pictures. Thank you for that.

Susan Carlson said...

Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! I never thought to use the scotch tape directly on rubber. I always learn something from you : )

nana_cindy42 said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for the tutorial!

Lisa808 said...

Awesome idea/technique.

Partridgelu said...


What a great card and thank you so much for taking the time to post your tutorial!!! :) I love learning new techniques!

partridgelu at yahoo dot com

ellouise1969 said...

Love this set....lOVE this card Sharon. Amazing how something so simple can add such impact. Just brilliant.

Deb B (Debadoo) said...

Great card Sharon! Thanks so much for the tutorial, and for all you share with us!

Charlotte said...

Great tutorial, and great card! LOVE the idea of using grid paper to help line up your paper and stamp. And, I never thought of using scotch tape on your rubber stamp to mask part of it. I've struggled using post-it notes, and it's not always successful. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us! We do appreciate it!

Kelly Wentling said...

Cool masking technique! I love this stamp set, one of my favs. Beautiful card Sharon!