This was the more involved card that we made at the June session for the Essex stamp club. I wanted to tech these ladies about the masking technique so that they would have it in their papercrafting “toolbox”. Also, I wanted to create a summery card since we were approaching the official start of summer (which finally arrived last week). What else evokes thoughts of summer like a beach theme with seashells? I also showed them how to incorporate using some household items in their crafting – can you guess what it is on this card?  I’ll tell you a bit later…

The masking technique allows you to create a 3-D layered look with your stamps without adding more bulk to the card, and it is super easy. The only special equipment that you need is thin paper (I use light-weight copy paper), scissors and repositionable adhesive. Here’s how to create this set of stamped shells:

  • Stamp the largest shell on the Whisper White cardstock, and stamp it again on the copy paper.
  • Cut out the image right on the edges from the copy paper version and adhere it using repositionable adhesive right over the stamped image on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Stamp the scallop shell on the Whisper White, slightly overlapping with the first stamped image that is masked with the copy paper. Stamp the scallop agan on the copy paper. Cut it out, again leaving no border on the edges, and adhere it over the image on the Whisper White cardstock.
  • Repeat the process with the sand dollar and the “pointy” shell, slightly overlapping the stamped images each time.
  • All 4 of the stamped shells should be masked when you’re done.

Now, here is where the “household item” comes in. wink I had saved up several bags from Halos oranges (the coverings on a box of clementines would work as well). I cut them down a bit, stretched it over the panel, and taped the ends down with painters tape – the ends of the mesh extend beyond the edges of the Whisper White cardstock. I made the mesh tight so it wouldn’t shift on me. I then used a sponge with Pool Party ink and dabbed it around the cardstock. It is important to use a straight up and down motion rather than a rubbing motion because you want the mesh to stay in one spot. After I had as much blue as I wanted, I removed the mesh and the masks. Then I stamped the greeting and finished with the rest of the card. Isn’t that a cool way to create a beach scene background?!?

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