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How to Add Depth and Dimension Using a Mask

Silhouette Spring card using masking by Brass and Bliss Craft Co.

Today’s silhouette card is bringing a fun technique for adding depth to your projects using masking. This is fun little trick to keep in your crafty-tool belt and will help you create something fresh and inspiring for your next project!

Masking in card making is a popular technique used by crafters to create layered designs with stamps. It involves covering part of a stamped image to protect it while stamping another image over it. By strategically masking different elements of a design, crafters can achieve intricate and visually appealing results. Experimenting with masking opens up a world of creative possibilities in card making. Today Carol has this awesome silhouette card using the new ‘36028 Silhouette Wildflowers’ set from the March Garden Party Release, and she is going to show us how to add depth and dimension using a mask!

To begin this card, Carol started by making her mask for the moon on this card.

  • Carol first used a circle die that was about 1-¾” diameter to cut a circle from masking paper.
  • She then used removable tape to mask off a 1-¾” strip on a piece of white cardstock that measures 4″ x 5-¼”.
  • She placed the circle mask in a position as seen below:
Add Depth and Dimension to your card Using a Mask
  • Next, she used ink blending brushes to add Azure and Odyessey inks from ‘Color Fuse Set #7‘ to the masked off strip leaving a small space near the bottom.
  • She then ink blended Basil and Moss inks from ‘Color Fuse Set #10‘ to create a ground for the image.
Ink blending using Color Fuse inks by Brass and Bliss craft co.
  • Carol used a damp paper towel to wipe away the excess ink from the removable tape. Then peel off the round mask.
  • Next, she used a metallic platinum watercolor and a paintbrush to add splatters to the inked area. Just put a few drops of the metallic paint onto your craft mat, dip your paintbrush into water, then swirl the wet brush into the paint. Tap the brush across your fingers to add the splatters.
  • She used Chill ink from ‘Color Fuse Set #12‘ with an ink blending brush to lightly add detail to the moon. TIP: Tap/swipe your brush on your craft mat to remove excess ink from the brush and avoid harsh lines. You can see where Carol tapped her brush off in the lower right corner of this next photo.
  • Remove the remaining tape to reveal your beautifully inked background!
  • If necessary, use your heat tool to make sure the ink is thoroughly dry.
  • Place the image from ‘36028 – Silhouette Wildflowers Stamp Set‘ near the bottom of the inked background with it slightly overhanging each edge of the inked strip.
  • Choose a sentiment from the ‘36028 – Silhouette Wildflowers‘ and position it as shown here.
  • Carol picked the stamps up with the door of her stamp positioning tool (MISTI).
  • Next, she pounced anti-static powder over the area that will be stamped.
  • She inked up the stamps with a black pigment ink and stamped onto the card.
  • She sprinkled black embossing powder over the stamped images and set it with her heat tool.
  • TIP: You can use a clear embossing powder over the black pigment ink. However, I like the results more when I use black embossing powder.
  • To create a perfectly coordinating layer for the card panel, swipe the Azure ink pad from ‘Color Fuse Set #7‘ directly along all four edges of an A2 card base.
  • Use liquid glue to adhere the card panel to your card base. TIP: Carol likes to set a large stamp block onto the card so that it stays nice and flat as the glue dries.

Carol has made a stunning card using the technique of masking on an ink blended background. Visit Brass and Bliss on Instagram and Pinterest to see other great techniques to make your card making journey successful.

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