Simple Masking Using Printer Paper

So recently I’ve been spending time with my mum to lift her spirits. My grandma (her mother) died recently and it’s been tough on all of us.

I came up with a simple masking technique to make cards with her and to my surprise she really got the hang of it!
Here is one of the cards I made using this technique and a little on how I did it!
Rainbows all the way!

Step 1

Make a mask by die cutting printer paper and using repositionable spray adhesive on the back of it, then stick it to the card you want to ink.

I used a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock that I die cut with the largest Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Die.

Step 2

Ink lightly through the mask using Distress Ink and a Mini Blending Tool.

Step 3

Put a stencil over it, stick it in place and ink heavily using the same colours over themselves for a big contrast and bright colours.

Step 4

Remove the mask and gasp in wonder at the clean design that only moments ago looked like a hot mess!

If you’re careful you can use the masks a couple of times. They do curl when removed but if the adhesive is good quality they will stick down completely flat again on the next use.

Step 5

Stamp the sentiment in black ink to make the bright colours pop. Archival or pigment ink works well.

Using a stamping tool makes this even easier.

I chose to stack a bunch of sentiments for a fun look. I hadn’t tried this before and I really like the look (even though I didn’t get it completely lined up).

I think it works because the colours are so bright that they aren’t washed out by so much black! In fact they make the colours even more vibrant! šŸ˜€

Step 6

Add any embellishments you want.

In this case I used twine for the string of my balloon using some Matte Multi Medium and trimmed off the excess once it had dried.

Step 7

Stick fun foam to the reverse and then stick the panel onto a card base.

I was surprised by how much value was added to this simple card by using a little dimension!



Step 8 (optional)

Stamp some fun messages on the back of your cards!

To really finish off a card I like to stamp on the back and (if I have the time) the envelope too!

Lawn Fawn Ink is great for this and they have so many colours to choose from!

I went on to make a whole bunch of these with my mum as they are so quick and easy to make!

I think this is the first time that my mum has actually asked to do crafting with me afterwards!!

I’m so happy to have finally found a crafting activity that my mum not only enjoys but can do with relative ease without much creative experience!!!

This activity is a winner!!!


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