Okay, so do you remember our last Tutorial Tuesday? I showed you the Masking Technique. I got a lot of positive feedback---many of you really enjoyed learning how to do this! Today, I'm going to share with you the opposite technique; the Reverse Mask.
This technique is perfect for your background stamps or the sponging technique (which I will teach at a later time---I can't be giving away all the secrets in one day, you know!). What's great about the Reverse Masking Technique is that it can highlight a specific area and then you can build outside of that space for a nice "wow" factor which requires very little effort. It's also perfect for when you want to create layering without the added bulkiness.
Let's get started!
- Scrap Cardstock (I generally use the really cheap stuff from Hobby/Craft stores, but even copy paper can do the trick, if you need it!)
- Ink and Stamps of your choice (again, your large background stamps are really nice for this particular technique!)
|Begin with cutting your scrap cardstock in the same size as your card base (or the layer you're stamping onto).
|Next, use a Framelit or Thinlit (even a punch will work) to create the shape where you want your stamped image to show. I used one of the Layering Circles from the Layering Circles Framelits.
|Once you've got that die cut out, place your scrap cardstock over your card layer.
|Now stamp your image onto both layers.
|When you remove the top layer (your scrap cardstock piece), your stamped image will only be where you wanted it to peek through!
|Here's a peek at a finished piece using the Reverse Masking Technique. I stamped my Lovely Lavender onto the rest of the card, giving the illusion of multiple layers when really, there's only one!
Isn't that a really neat effect?! I think it really looks neat, especially since it almost looks like a spotlight on the wood grain stamped area.
Here's another example of the Reverse Masking Technique utilized with the Sponging Technique. I used the same mask and then applied color, again creating a really neat illusion of multiple layers. This really gives the illusion of a "spotlight" effect, too! Gorgeous!
Let me know what you think of this technique! I just love hearing your feedback!