Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Masking with "victorian distress" background

For the delightful Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp!

This card was made using two techniques: Masking (to close off an area to be left clear or filled later) and "victorian distress". Victorian distressing can also be seen on HERE.

Take a piece of scrap cardstock and cut an oval (or shape of choice) from it:
(Grid in cm's)
 Place this mask on your cardstock where you want to keep it clear:
 Stamp your image over the cardstock taking care NOT to move the mask. I stamped the butterflies with Tim Holtz Antique Linen.
 Now use a foam applicator and rub the same distress ink over the cardstock. Hold on tight to the mask (if you didn't adhere it temporarily with a temporary adhesive).
Take a second fitting distress ink (I used Spun Sugar) and go lightly over the same areas to cover any open spaces.
NOTE: When I did this the first time I used a light hand with the first DI but I accidentally dropped an dewdrop ink pad on it and had to re-do it. The second time I spread the DI quite darker that's why the masked area appears brighter on the final card above. (I didn't mind too much, practise makes perfect.)

Stamp a central image in a darker contrasting color in the middle. I used London Fog (see final card).
Rub a darker ink along the edges:
I always use my stamp-a-ma-jig when I do my sentiments and stamped this in London Fog ink (same as the central butterfly.
Lastly I stamped the same butterfly on colorful paper and cut it out, glued the centre to the shadow of it and lifted the wings to give dimension.
I glued the focal piece to orange cardstock, put the ribbon in place and glued to my card base.

Butterfly stamp: GinaK designs "Enjoy the Sunshine"
Sentiment: GinaK designs "Fanciful tags"


  1. What a gorgeous creation, love the sweet details.
    Thankyou so much for joining us all this week on the Simon Says Stamp-tember Challenge and Hop
    Good luck!!

  2. Riette.....WONDERFUL card...AWESOME tutorial!!!

    THANKS BUNCHES for playin along with the SIMON SAYS SHOW teamies!!!


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