Creating Fun Backgrounds for Your Stamps!

Ink Blending Masking stamping

Hello friends! I love to use a masking technique for my silhouette style stamps, and today I'm going to share a fun and unique way to mask a background!

I have 2 cards to share today - a basic masking and one with a bit of bokeh in the background! I'll be using a new release item called From Our Entire Herd stamp and die set as well as the new Scene Building: Long Time No See, Giraffe stamp and die set. Let's get started! 

For my first card, my goal was to create a large sun behind my focal point. With that visual in mind, I was able to create the masking! I started with a 5.35x4.0 piece of white cardstock. Using masking sheets (you can find these at any of your favorite stores), I trimmed one piece down to 5.25x4.0 so that it was the same size as my card panel. Then I die cut through the mask with a circle die on the left side of the mask. This mask will create my sun! 

Before applying the mask over my card panel, I wanted to add a bit more interest to the sun, so I grabbed 3 pieces of thin masking strips (you can either buy the strips or trim down the masking paper with your paper trimmer) and adhered the 3 strips over the card panel evenly where I intended to ink blend my sun. Then I adhered the larger masking piece over the strips. What is left is a large open circular space on the left part of the card panel with 3 masking stripes beneath it so that, when I ink blend, I will create a sun with 3 white stripes going through it! 

Now that my area was masked up, I was ready to do some ink blending! Working with 4 shades of yellow-orange inks, I ink blended over the open circle on the card panel, going from light to dark. When I finished, I removed the masking and was left with what you see in the photo above! So cool, right?  

Next, I stamped the giraffes from the From Our Entire Herd stamp in black ink over the sun. I stamped it several times to get a crisp, black image. Then I stamped the sentiment above the giraffes. I adhered the finished panel over a 5.5x4.25 white card base. Below you can see the entire card, and it's such a lovely backdrop to the giraffe! The white stripes and ink shading add interest, too! 

My next card was created in the same way as the card above, so I won't go into explanation on the masking process.

Rather, I'll explain how I created the bokeh effect that you can see in the photo above! After I finished ink blending in shades of teal and blue, while the masking was still in place, I used my mini paper pouncers as a stamp to create the circles! I simply added ink to the mini paper pouncer and stamped it over the inked-up area! The photo below shows a close up of the bokeh effect. It's so cool and adds another element of detail to the background! 

Next, I removed the masking and stamped the image from Scene Building: Long Time No See, Giraffe over the lowest white stripe, and then added the sentiment. Then I trimmed the panel, along with a piece of black cardstock, using my deckled paper trimmer. I adhered both layers together and then applied them over a 5.5x4.25 white card base! I finished with the Grass Tufts die! 

These background scenes were SO MUCH fun to create and really worked nicely with these stamps! Thanks for stopping by! 

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